Along the highway from Nairobi to Namanga, Iibisil is the center of activity for several thousand people. The clinic was held in an unfinished addition to the community hospital, which was convenient as the people passed by on their way to market. As in other locations, many school children came to the clinic. With as many as 60 children per classroom, seeing the blackboard can become difficult if a child has a stigmatism. Being fitted with glasses can change the life of a child who formerly could not see properly. Physical and spiritual touch – also sharing the love of Jesus can change a life.
Kajiado is a small town south of Nairobi and is the headquarters to the Kajiado district of Kenya. The surrounding area of the town houses about 11,000 while the district fluctuates in population. Cattle, goats, and sheep are the primary means of livelihood. Though the sanctuary in Kajiado is a small modest structure, the church is active in evangelizing neighbors. The vision clinic attracted many people and resulted in assisting growth of the congregation. The Holy Spirit is working in Kajiado!
Kilgoris lies in the western mountains of the Rift Valley. The town has about 4500 people, but the beautiful surrounding countryside includes 200,000 more souls. Both agriculture and livestock are prevalent in this area which is blessed by abundant rainfall. After the first two vision clinics were held in the Lutheran church outside of the town, it was decided to offer one in Kilgoris-town. A new congregation has been established in the town - to God be the Glory! The leadership in the surrounding area of Kilgoris is dedicated to the work of the church, has committed their efforts to building up this new group of believers, and Trinity plans to continue offering clinics there to assist them.
A small Maasai village just off the major highway between Nairobi and Namanga, and consisting of approximately 15-20 homes along “Main Street- Kumpa” plus numerous manyatas throughout the countryside. Main Street leads from the highway to the ELCK church where the first vision clinic was held. Prior to the first clinic the church membership totaled about 40 members but following our third clinic the Holy Spirit had increase the membership to over 200. The leadership of the Kumpa church has joined us in mission work throughout the Kajiado District and has been very helpful in holding vision clinics in a number of other settlements. The area around the church provides pasture for the livestock of the Maasai as well as an occasional ostrich, zebra, camel, impala and giraffe.
The town of Namanga lies on the border with Tanzania. With a population of around 10,000 people, it is a major entrance into Kenya between the countries. When we met the congregation in Namanga they worshiped in a small rented room able to hold about 15-20 persons. God blessed our relationship with them and Trinity was able to help these Christians build a sanctuary, which has facilitated their growth. The latest news from Namanga is that the church is growing! Thanks be to God!
Narok is a city of around 45,000 people and has an altitude of 6000 feet. Located near Maasai Mara National Park, it is a gateway for many tourists visiting the park. Within the Rift Valley of Kenya, the drive to Narok has many opportunities to see giraffe, zebras, impalas, and the occasional lion. The Narok area is primarily composed of the Maasai people group; however, the economy is controlled by non-Maasai communities. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya plans to make Narok a center of training and outreach for its’ members. As in all the locations, the people are grateful for our vision clinics.
Ngurumani is on an escarpment in Southern Kenya near the Tanzanian border and on the western wall of the Great Rift Valley. It is a remote area of several Maasai villages, which are difficult to access due to unpaved roads and heavy rainfall in the spring. The people of Ngurumani were thankful for the opportunity of the free vision clinic as many of them needed care. Currently meeting in a small building, the church is hopeful of building a sanctuary to hold more people as their congregation grows. Here there is no man-made light at night to dim the vision of the stars. Ngurumani is the “real Africa”! God is busy here also, leading His people to saving faith.
About a 30-minute drive from Narok, Ntulele is a small community inhabited primarily by people of the Maasai people group. In Kenya, the main means of transportation is walking. Lacking the ability to go to Narok without great effort, most persons in Ntulele do not have eye care. With the participation of the assistants from Narok, and the Lord’s blessing, the vision clinic gave physical help and spiritual help. A new congregation has been started in Ntulele! The last word from there was that the congregation was trying to continue renting a space for worship.
The largest city to date of our outreach, Oloitokitok is at the southeastern border near Tanzania. At the elevation of 5700 feet, there is a full view of Mount Kilimanjaro, and it is also near the Ambroseli National Park where elephants abound. Our largest attendance for a vision clinic in any location, the church in Oloitokitok is serving many different people groups, while located in “Maasai-land”. With several excited evangelists in the area, the church was well prepared for their first vision clinic. Serving all the people, not only those of the church, it was noted in the town that the Lutheran church included all. Witness through the Holy Spirit has been fruitful!
Oltepesi is off of the major highway from Nairobi to the Tanzanian border. A small community of under 1000 persons, many more live in the surrounding countryside. Amazingly, the congregation here has built a sizable sanctuary, and actively serves the people. The land is occupied by the Maasai people group, and herding cattle, goats, and sheep is their means of subsistence. In times of drought, the men leave to find green pastures for their livestock. Those who came to the vision clinic were extremely grateful since it is difficult for them to access any medical aid. Living here “in the bush”, it is best to be watchful for the many wild animals of Kenya.