Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Mat 19:21
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Isaiah 58:6,7
Kibera Facts & Information: There are approximately 2.5 million slum dwellers in about 200 settlements in Nairobi representing 60% of the Nairobi population and occupying just 6% of the land. Kibera houses about 250,000 of these people. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the biggest in the world.
Under-five mortality in Kenya has fallen from 102 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990, to 43 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2019. However, every year, 64,500 children still die before reaching the age of five, mostly of preventable causes. (Google facts and information)
We have just returned from three and half days at the Kibera slums and the rich field of souls longing for the reality of the Kingdom. There we found the treasures we sought … the spiritually broken-hearted, the spiritual captives, the spiritually/physically poor, the spiritually blind, and the spiritually oppressed. To them, we spoke the message of the Kingdom.
On Sunday we ate breakfast with Sospeter’s family and then met with our church family in Kibera where we worshiped, sang, danced, taught, ate together and showed them a 2 hour ‘Jesus Film’. It was both a humbling and incredible time together.
The next day we returned to Kibera and traveled the difficult, steep and dangerous trails to where our members live. At 69 and 75 the journey was, to say at the least, difficult for Cynthia yet unbelievably spiritually rewarding. Words cannot do justice to the things we experienced. Widows, abandoned women and children living in places hewn from the cliffs with nothing but old grain bags for walls and no bigger than most American closets, taking care of babies that were much to thin. Oh, Father help us to help them!
The next day we met with Sospeter’s leaders and taught them how to move forward in the Kingdom in the midst of these difficult circumstances. The church family, from their own offerings, feed many children once a week. They desire to do more but need financial help to do so. We can readily testify they are doing everything they can. The church has grown from 40 people to 150.
Please consider your assistance … it is a more than worthy ministry and is steadily advancing the Kingdom of God in Kibera. Should you desire to help them, mark your donations ‘Kibera’ and every dollar will go to this ministry.