Norfolk pastors return to Kenya for Bible School
pastors who were caught up in the violence sweeping Kenya
after last year’s election, are returning to the country in April to reach out to needy people in the local prisons, rubbish dumps and slums and to hold a Revival Bible School
Michelle and Rod Smith, of Wellspring Church, Poringland, near Norwich witnessed the violence in January 2008 while they were in the country with their Christian charity Healing Streams Kenya, visiting five children they have adopted.
Since then Rod and Michelle have return to the country twice and are going again on April 27, taking a team of around 13 people from Britain, the USA and Canada.
Michelle explained: “We will be doing a Revival Bible School, ministering at the men’s and women’s prisons at Kodiago, the rubbish dump where 30+ men and boys live amongst the rubbish, Kisumu Children’s Hospital, among street boys and girls, and in the heart of Nyalenda slums where the poorest of the poor live.
“In May we have booked the Polyview Hotel, Kisumu, Kenya as the venue for the Revival Fire School and are expecting a team of around 13 from USA, Canada and Britain to join us for the two-week school led by Dr Sandy Kirk of Camp Ablaze, Alabama, USA.
“The team are paying for their own flights, accommodation and gifts to Kenyan people but we need to raise money to enable 15 young Kenyan potential leaders to join us for the school. The cost of accommodation is around £10 per person per day full-board, so we need to raise a minimum of £2100 plus other expenses such as hotel conference fees, transport and gifts etc,” said Michelle.
“Teaching will take place in the mornings and teaching and ministry in the evenings. In the afternoons visits have been arranged by small groups to the people and places that we regularly minister to. This will include Kisumu Children’s Hospital, Orphanages, Nursery Schools, Nyallenda Slums, Street Children’s Projects and Prisons.
“The team will be encouraged to take part in Outreach Events, particularly in Nyalenda. We have many churches ready to invite students to preach at their Sunday Services.”
Pastors Rod and Michelle Smith are both directors of Healing Streams and spend several weeks in Kisumu each year, often accompanied by a team of volunteers. They have five adopted Kenyan children who help them in their work.
If you can help ring Michelle and Rod Smith on 01508 494211 or 0774 693 3908
Healing Streams - Kenya is a ministry wing of Wellspring – UK Charity number 1098030.
Pictured above is Rod Smith with two Kenyans and Michelle with some of the street boys of Kisumu.