The KELC Health Department has been busy the last couple of weeks. As a part of their Sustainable Livelihood Support Program, the health department hosted three food distribution events for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Each of the three KELC parishes in Nairobi held distribution events to support people in the community who have requested assistance through this program. Between Dagoretti, Jerusalem, and Mathare parishes, 600 people received food items. Of the 600 people, 450 are people living with HIV or AIDS; the remaining 150 people are widows or orphaned and vulnerable children. The food distribution included 4,800kg of maize meal, 600 liters of vegetable oil, 1,200kg of nutrition unimix, and 1,080kg of beans.
Participants of the Christian Education Seminar in Voi on October 27-31, 2014.
During the week of October 27, 2014, the KELC Christian Education department held a seminary for church workers from the coastal regions of the country. Thirty church workers gathered at the Voi Lutheran Guest House to discuss current issues facing their work and congregations, including issues of security, psychological self-care, and congregational wellbeing. The church workers included parish pastors, evangelists, church caretakers, groundskeepers, cooks, as well as other church workers.
Over four days the church workers engaged in discussions centering on Christian-Muslim relations, church security issues, and psychological self-care. Additionally, the group held several Bible Study sessions. With inputs from Bishop Zachariah Kahuthu, Christian Education director Rev. Johannes Löffler, and psychology professional Mary Mshana, seminar participants broke into small groups to discuss their thoughts and feeling on the presented issues. Small groups stimulated a lot of revelatory discussion that were later shared with the whole group.
On October 10, KELC hosted our international partners for our annual Joint Mission Committee of Kenya (JMCK) meeting. We welcomed representatives from our mission partners in Germany, the United States, and Tanzania. We received guests from Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavaria, Mission EineWelt, Nordkirche Weltweit- Zentrum für Mission und Ökumene, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Rantzau Munsterdorf, and Niederberg.
We gathered together in the KELC Youth Centre in Nairobi to discuss the activities of the KELC over the previous year and to envision the future of KELC mission partnerships. The meeting was opened with a devotion lead by Bishop Zachariah Kahuthu. Together we meditated on the scripture verse Acts 2:42: And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers. Following our devotion, the meeting continued with discussions of KELC operations. We received reports from the JMCK coordinating secretary, the KELC treasury office, as well as the KELC department directors. After a day of lively discussion and reflection on KELC’s operations and future plans, we concluded our meeting with a devotion from Revelation 3:14-22.
The KELC leadership values time with our mission partners. Together we are working toward achieving our vision that all people may have life and have it abundantly. We look forward to working together during the coming year, and to meeting again next year.