On the first Sunday of August, KELC celebrated Youth Sunday. Our churches were filled with young people leading worship, singing and dancing, performing plays, and worshiping God. The youth of KELC are very active and a vital part of our congregations. We welcome the opportunity to highlight their work and their dedication to our church. Check out the pictures below to see the different ways that KELC Youth Sunday was celebrated in our congregations.
Women’s health is an important topic about which many of KELC’s women’s groups have requested to receive more educational seminars. The Women’s Department has endeavored to educate women about their health and their access to health care in many different areas of Kenya, covering many different topics within women’s health. During the second week of April, the Women’s Department continued their efforts to share information about women’s heath by holding seminars in Taveta Parish, Timbila Parish, and Kitobo Mission to educate women about cancer, especially breast cancer and cervical cancer.
The local hospital administrator in Taveta said that non-communicable diseases, like cancers, heart disease, or diabetes, have become more prevalent in the area. Currently non-communicable diseases are affecting more people than communicable disease, however most people in the area are not going to the clinic or hospital for diagnosis or treatment of their illness. The Taveta hospital staff were happy to partner with our churches in the area to educate women about health issues and to provide screening for cancer.
In each of the three location of KELC parishes, participants were invited to a two-day seminar to receive educational training about symptoms of cancer, methods for doing home self-screening for breast cancer, the importance of maintaining good hygiene, and what to do if you become ill. On the second day of the seminar, all participants visited a local nurse who performed screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer. The health care professionals also answered health questions that the women participants might have, regarding themselves or their family’s health.
Over 250 women participated in the three seminars and all were examined for signs of cancer. Nearly all women who were screens were found to have no sign of cancer. For those few who were found to have indicators of either breast or cervical cancer, they were referred to the local hospital in Taveta for further testing and examination.
During the seminars, there were also sessions about women’s leadership, creating a vision and mission for your work and family, and the role of women in society and the church. The women were very happy to have the opportunity to learn more about heath care, leadership training, and empowerment topics.
We are thankful for the success of this program, and we continue to pray for women’s education and for the good health of all people.
Classes have begun at the PLCC School in Ongata Rongai. In the October issue of The Messenger, we highlighted the new school building and innovative teaching style to be used in the classroom of the PLCC school. The school opened its first term in January and classes are now successfully running using the innovative MultiGradeMultiLevel (MGML) Methodology.
Nine of PLCC’s girls are attending the school. The students selected for the school are girls who had difficulties succeeding and progressing in the Kenyan schools. The smaller class size, as well as the MGML style have allowed the girls to receive more specialized teacher instruction at a more adaptable learning pace in a supportive learning environment.
Although the school is only 2 months old, the teachers are already seeing progress in the students. The girls are more comfortable and secure in the familiar setting of PLCC, they are receiving more assistance and support from teachers, and they are able to work at their own pace and grade level. For all of these reasons, the teachers are seeing development and progress in the students’ learning.
We ask you to join us in praying for the students and teachers of the school. As the school continues to develop and grow, we pray that the students will learn and progress, that the teachers will continue to enrich the lives of the students and feel gratified in their profession, and that all the girls of PLCC will experience happiness and success while living and learning at PLCC.