The news from Nakuru regarding the children's rally last Saturday was just so encouraging. The expected number of children was 400 so, in anticipation of more children arriving, 520 plastic cups were bought for juice. These were not enough! With such a crowd it was difficult for Moses and the team to obtain exact numbers, but it is estimated that between 550 and 600 children attended.
Much time was spent in singing and children from various Churches were able to participate themselves and sing for the other children. Moses taught the Bible Lesson of the Trial, Crucifixion and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus and the Gospel was clearly shared through this. The memory verse taught was 1 Corinthians 15 : 3.
Altogether 11 Churches brought children along with a total of 19 teachers who were able to assist the FML team during the games as the children were divided into 4 age groups. They ranged in age from Class 3 and below right up to Secondary School age. As we have experienced previously in Kenya, the sight of so many children playing organised games usually attracts many more children from the neighbourhood and this was again the case at this rally.
As a result of the rally and the work of FML being explained; 6 new Churches have enrolled their children onto on our course and they will shortly begin the Bible Lessons. We thank God so much for this.
We thank Moses and the team for all of the effort they put into the day and we thank God most of all for each little life He brought along and also for keeping the rain away. This in itself was an answer to prayer.
Please remember the team there as they get all of the new children enrolled and started on the lessons. Pray that we will see much fruit as a result of this outreach.
Photos of the rally can be seen at the bottom of this post.
Here in Northern Ireland, we would ask you to pray for us as we have a stand in The High Street Mall, Portadown this coming Wednesday 1st May. We appreciate you remembering us. Please come along and say hello if you are in the area.
Our latest prayer letter has also just been received from the printer here. If you would like a copy sent to you by email or by post, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details. If you need multiple copies to share in your Church, please feel free to let me know.
Before looking at the photos of the children's rally; please take a moment to read through our latest prayer request for our next trip and remind yourself of the previous and ongoing prayer points regarding our programme.
MISSION TRIP FOCUS: Our prayer request this week is something very practical. We would simply like you to remember the time we will spend in the air and at airports. Pray for safety, good health and the energy and even patience that will be needed. We will have a flight from Belfast, Northern Ireland to Manchester in England. This will take around 1 hour. On our way, we will then have a 5 hour stop over in Manchester before taking a 7 hour flight to Doha. A quick stop of less than 2 hours and we will then take a further 5 hour flight to Nairobi, Kenya. The return journey will be similar timings but with a shorter stopover in Manchester. Two stops this time instead of the normal one stop means a considerably longer journey and around 4 to 5 hours extra flying time. This is the one part of our trip that none of us are looking forward to because it will be so much longer than normal. We will leave home around 5am (UK time) on the morning of our departure and will arrive in Nairobi at around 4.30am (UK time) the following morning and then we will travel to our hotel. So it will be over 24 hours from we leave our home until we reach our accommodation. So different to the times when we left home in the morning and were in Kenya in time for bed later that night. Unfortunately changes in airline routes have made things a lot more complicated for us. We simply ask you to pray for the long journey and ask God to go before us each step of the way.
MISSION TRIP PRAYER LIST:
- Safety and good health for the long flights
- Our time and ministry in Uganda
- The need of £1800 to secure our hire car
- Meeting with markers and teachers in Nakuru
- Practical Work in Office
- Workers' Meeting
We hope you will enjoy looking at the photos below from the Children's Rally in Nakuru on Saturday 20th April 2013.
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