It was a joy to participate in the first training session held in the brand new KISOM building yesterday.
Our refugee brothers and sisters launched KISOM back in 1997. In 2012 they began praying in earnest for a building of their own as they were last meeting in a condemned and abandoned primary school in the camp.
IAFR prayed with them. Once we had a draft of a proposed architectural design and budget, we brought it to our financial partners. They responded generously. We then contracted our NGO partner, National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK) to do the actual building.
KISOM has already graduated well over 1000 students trained to be pastors, evangelists and missionaries. Many are church leaders in the refugee camp and surrounding host community. Others have since relocated to their homelands or a third country (refugee resettlement). Most are pastoring somewhere today.
Sadly, I fell suddenly ill shortly after taking this photos and making a Facebook Live video. I spent the next 24 hours resting and recovering. I’m thankful to say that I am well again and able to continue the visit here as planned.
Kris talked about dealing with stress to 60 Kakuma Refugee youth today.
They told us they feel stress from being forcibly displaced from their country, from the death of loved ones, from very limited educational opportunities, from hardships living within Kakuma and from big questions about their future.
Their stressors are real and huge. In her comments Kris shared suggestions that seemed to bring encouragement. She reminded the youth that God sees and cares about each of them and then she prayed God’s help, strength and blessing over them.
Would you please take a minute right now and pray for Kakuma youth? That God would greatly encourage them and give them strength and hope? Your prayers can make a difference.
While normally a hot and dry place with daily temps reaching into the 100’s, we seem to arrived at the beginning of a brief season of cooler temperatures and heavy rains.
Rains are considered a blessing in this semi desert even though they also carry with them destruction and sometimes even death bringing flash floods.
This morning’s downpours hindered our plans to visit some friends in the camp this morning, so we are hanging out with our NGO partner staff watching rugby (commonwealth games in Australia) and trying to describe what a Minnesota winter is like.