Kenya: The Trinity-Kericho Partnership
“If you want to go fast, go alone – if you want to go far, go together”
It has for some years been part of Trinity’s dream to form a longterm partnership with the local church in a disadvantaged area of the world. A partnership of genuine mutual benefit, where enduring friendships are built across cultural divides, where God is honoured and believers strengthened; where poverty, sickness and injustice loosen their grip; where the lives of individuals and whole communities are touched and changed by God’s grace at work through His people pulling together.
The Trinity-Kericho Partnership is the beginning of the realization of that dream – the start of many years of joyful, heart-stretching, gut-wrenching, eye-opening, faith-raising, life-enhancing, Kingdom-building mission partnership with our brothers and sisters in a desperately deprived region of Western Kenya.
A number of members of Trinity have been able to visit Kericho in the last couple of years and come back changed by being in a completely different situation and by the friendship of the Kenyan people. In both 2011 and 2012 the Kenyan Bishop brought three of his pastors to Trinity and our New Wine conference so that we do feel a partnership!
Total population: 1.5 million
Some Key challenges: disease, especially HIV/AIDS & malaria; severe water shortage; unemployment; low literacy; poor roads; recent political unrest
The church in the Kericho Diocese: around 100 small rural congregations, 13 pastors, led by Bishop Jackson Ole Sapit
As the partnership grows, we anticipate our involvement will include many construction, educational, business, leadership, evangelistic and medical projects:
- Laying foundations for, and the building of new administrative offices.
- Development of a conference centre and the building and decorating of associated guest house facilities in Narok.
- Building of medical clinics and expansion of medical training and provision.
- Assisting in schools through teaching, encouraging students and provision.
- Leadership training for local pastors and leaders.
- Provision of IT and office training and skills for many of the projects.
- Encouraging of local churches with preaching, teaching, worship leading, kids and youth activities.
- Helping with existing small business development projects and community mobilisation programmes.
Kenya – October 2012
Purpose of trip? Serving alongside our partners in Kenya, based in the Transmara area. Part of the team will have opportunities for teacher training for local schools and the other will work alongside the local pastor.
When? 19th – 29th October 2012
Approximate Cost? £1000 – provisional!
Quite a few months back a large group of guys from Trinity Church raised a vast amount of money climbing three of Britain’s most prestigious peaks, all within 24 hours so that a Hydraform brick machine could be bought by the Kericho diocese, headed up by the wonderful Bishop Jackson Ole Sapit!
The machine was bought in South Africa, and although it took a good few months to get to us, it has finally arrived (on Easter Monday of all days), and is in good working order.
The Hydraform brick machine can produce 1500 bricks in one day. That’s a lot of bricks in one week. It uses materials like local soil and just 5% cement at minimal cost to produce its bricks. The really clever thing is that the bricks interlock, meaning you don’t need mortar, which of course knocks a huge amount off your building costs.
Check out this video from our Mission Partners Keith and Anna Traill:
Posted by chris.leigh on 6th June 2012 in Kenya
Bishop Jackson and three of his Kenyan Pastors, Moses, Dominic & Nicholas, who are all friends of Trinity and central to our Kenyan Partnership, joined us for a Sunday evening celebration in the summer of 2011. They came and shared some of their story, their reflections on New Wine and even sang us a song! After the celebration Bishop Jackson opened the Trinity Garage – a new centre for our work with vulnerable adults in the town. The garage provides a food and clothing bank as well as kitchen, laundry and showering facilities, becoming a key part of Trinity’s Kings Table and Street Team ministries.
Posted by Trinity on 12th August 2011 in Kenya