North Carolina Baptist Men, working in partnership with the Baptist Convention of Kenya, will sponsor mission teams to the African nation of Kenya in 2014. The nature of the mission effort will be two-fold: 1) to participate in a house-building/church planting effort in Western Kenya, and 2) to assist the Kenya Baptist Theological College in Limuru with various projects, which may include construction and renovation, teaching and other instruction, library work, etc.
The Kenya Baptist Convention has undertaken a bold initiative of planting 1000 new house churches in the next several years. One of the strategies for doing this involves community service projects in which mission teams help build a house for four needy families in strategic church plant areas. These are usually widows, many of whom are forced to move back to their home place after their husband dies. They are often at the mercy of the community for any housing at all. The house building project brings the community together for service to one of its neighbors and exposes them to the gospel through a house dedication service. Local pastors are active in planning, conducting, and follow-up of the project with the goal of starting a Bible Study in the new homes, and eventually a new church in the area. Teams will also have great opportunity to minister with the many children who gather for the project, as well as one on one opportunity to witness to those who gather. Teams also often share at local schools.
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Kenya Baptist Theological College (KBTC)
Located near the town of Limuru in the Kenyan Highlands, about an hour north of Nairobi, the Kenya Baptist Theological College (KBTC) is owned and operated by the Baptist Convention of Kenya. Students come from all over Eastern and Southern Africa to receive theological preparation. Graduates of the school go on to provide leadership in churches throughout Africa. The college is undergoing a major transition in 2013 and will need mission teams to assist in both renovation/construction, as well as individuals and small teams to lead in teaching, discipleship, evangelism, etc. We foresee this being a long-term mission need.
SECURING A DATE TO SERVE: The projects listed below have been set up for specific teams that are already planning to go. If you would like to put together a team, contact Mark Abernathy at 1-800-395-5102 x 5607; 919-459-5607; or firstname.lastname@example.org. Trips customarily run from Tuesday until the following Friday - yearlong. Call or e-mail with a date in mind, we will clear that with our contacts in Kenya and then begin the process of registering your team. It may be possible for individuals to add to existing teams.
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