A Great Day of Celebration at Raiya Church
Three weeks ago a small leadership team from a local Africa Gospel Church congregation called Raiya AGC (pronounced RYE YUH) paid us a visit on our back porch. This team consisted of Pastor Robert Bett and three of his lay leaders for evangelism, development, and the treasurer of the church. Pastor Bett invited us to return to share and celebrate with his church as our family and two of our supporting churches (Woodland Shores Baptist in Bridgman, Michigan and Grace Church in Mooresville, IN) had played a huge part in building the church starting in 2005. A Woodland Shores team had put on the roof in 2005 while the Grace team had poured the concrete floor and helped plaster the walls in 2007. It had been nearly eight years since we had visited this church that was planted in the middle of a community notorious for its local brewing of alcohol many years ago but now has been redeemed and transformed in part through the influence of this little church. Today we paid a visit to Raiya and celebrated with the church family all that God had done to help this church stand strong and be a bright light in a tough community, about 6 km from Tenwek Hospital.
The church compound hasn't changed much since 2007...
|Raiya Church with several members out front|
|Raiya local church council|
|Mike enjoying speaking with Pastor Robert interpreting into Kipsigis|
|We were honored with locally made gifts of a US flag rug, purse for Pam, belt for Mike. The kiddos on the right loved feeling Pam's white skin and touching her blonde hair.|
The founders of this church, mostly women, gathered for a picture with Pastor Bett. Pam and I had the opportunity to shake their hands and thank them for their faithfulness to God and His kingdom.
|Founders of Raiya Church. They began meeting under a shade after a Tenwek missionary doctor (Dr. Russ White) and one of our staff (Mr. Geoffrey Musyoka) held a week of evangelism meetings in an open field where Raiya stands today.|