For almost five years my wife and I have been working in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya and praying to find a place of refuge. A place where we and the people we work with could find a resting place from the terrible difficulties associated with life and ministry in the slums. A place where we could lift people out of the slum mindset and give them a glimpse of heaven.
We think we may have found it.
Just about ten minutes from the slums of Ponda Mali and Rhonda where our primary school, sewing center and church are located, is the most amazing place we have yet seen in all Nakuru. We found it while looking for some land we could purchase, in an effort to stop throwing away our money on rent which continues to escalate.
We still cannot believe the place we found is only minutes away from the area our Father has called us to work in. For the next few minutes … journey with us through these pictures and let us take you there.
The road to what we are now calling ‘Solid Rock Christian Community’ meanders through the midst of Nakuru’s rural farmland and dead ends at the west side of Lake Nakuru National Game Park.
The road stops at a seasonal river bed which is only a riverbed during the rainy season.
Getting out of the car and glancing to the right, you will see a small rocky road leading up a very steep hillside.
When you reach the top of the 3.5 acres, you can see the many small flat rock plateaus for building houses… all of which would not need any further foundation or flooring.
The further up you climb this winding road the more the surrounding area comes into view. The first thing you’ll see is the city of Nakuru… then to the right of Nakuru, you can see Nakuru’s beautiful lake in the midst of the National Game Park. The vista will take your breath away.
The day these pictures were taken was clear and sunny. The hill side faces the east. Climbing up the hill there was nothing but blue skies and fluffy white clouds overhead. But upon turning around, we could see a huge rainstorm sweeping across Nakuru and the game park. It was absolutely stunning.
On the very top of the property is a small rock quarry. There is enough rock to build all our structures and more. It could possibly even generate some extra revenue for the lands improvement. When we build our simple houses we also want to build a guest house for visiting missionaries and our friends and family from home. There is access to clean community water and electric is very close.
After observing the amazing potential of this land, we spent the afternoon negotiating the price with the owner. We settled at approximately fifteen thousand U. S. dollars for the whole 3.5 acres, quarry and all. This is but a fraction of the cost of land everywhere else we had looked at. Because it has little farming potential the hillside is considered of no use. So the owner was completely apologetic for it’s lack of farming capabilities. We told him that would not be a problem with us.
Later that day we descended to the dry riverbed leading to the fantastic gorge located on the northwestern edge of the property. It is about twenty to thirty feet across and drops seventy feet straight down. We didn’t have enough time to explore how far back it went.
This picture of my wife’s face expresses perfectly how Wangoe and Beatrice (James’ wife) felt about the whole affair. We simply could not believe what our Father had put before us. There are at least seven other families that desire the opportunity to live together and advance the Kingdom through Christian community. All of which would help us develop the land and assist with StoneHouse Ministries.
Now… we need your help.We want of make something to last here in Kenya. As you pray for us, consider how you can assist us to see this through. We have never been any good at fundraising or even soliciting help but we are going to try. It’s easy to donate through Pay Pal on our blogs… just click donate and designate ‘Solid Rock Christian Community’.
If we can come up with seven thousand dollars to put down on this land, we believe we can pay the balance within one year, thanks to Cynthia’s social security starting in August of this year. We could also pay back the seven thousand in one additional year. Nakuru is growing fast… prices within Nakuru proper have doubled since last year. So… please… please consider helping us in this endeavor. Contact us with your ideas and support and keep us in prayer before our loving heavenly Father.
Should you have any related questions concerning the purchase and development of this land or suggestions how you can help… please don’t hesitate to contact us at this email address… [email protected]
With all our love and sincere hope…
Dave, Cynthia and the StoneHouse Family.