My name is Rafael Hernandez and I want to share with you my 6 Weeks In Kehancha experience, the reason why Fresh Fire Foundation has been born. I couldn't have ever imagined that I was going to have the oportunity to visit Kenya, I never thought that one day I was going to go to Africa, and I didn't even know that Kehancha existed! But ther I was, facing the reality that Kenya children, specifically kehancha children live.
I heard it on the news, saw pictures online and magazines, but living it is a totally different thing. I will try to give you as much details as possible of my 6 Weeks In Kehancha experience. Read on...
I traveled from United States of America to Africa on March 11, 2013. The first week in Kenya, I was guided by Pastor Thomas Gesabo Moseti, and Nahashon Mweberi, through a town called Kehancha. These are people who havenot seen a Muzungu (white man), come this far into their town. I am honored to be the first missionary to be here and live among them, eat what they eat, and live as they live. I was also taken to a school called WIZZARA PRIMARY SCHOOL which houses about 600 children, many of which are orphans. On the bottom area of the school premises, there is also another school, but this one is for the mentally challenged kids in which Pastor Thomas Gesabo is the principle. These kids really captured my heart because many of them have no place to live and many are passing through some very unimaginable situations.
There is a case I came across as I was doing evangelism and one of the homes we went into was the home of one of the mentally challenged kids. It was a very sad situation for me because on top of the fact that the child was mentally challenged, so was the mother. She told us her story on how her husband had died and they were left with nothing, not even a bed to sleep on. The mother and her child were sleeping on an old, worn out foam mattress on the floor, which was covered with dirt. That really touched my heart so, the Pastor and I went totown and bought them a newmattress and covers which they did not have. She praised God and we saw she had found hope. I met several other people and also members of the CFF (Christian Fellowship Foundation) church, including the youth leaders, Boke Evelyne and Esther Nyamohanga, two very spiritual leaders God is raising to be great women of God. This is a recap on my first week here in Kehancha, Kenya.
As I continued my work here in Kehancha, I met with the committee members of M.J.C (Ministry of Jesus Christ) Headquarters. We spoke about several things including how to retain members in the church. I spoke about doing follow up after the initial encounter in their homes. Most of them are very discouraged by how the leaders think and how they approach the people. After the meeting, they were uplifted and ready to work.
The next day we provided to do evangelism. We managed to reach about 60 homes and 27 people accepted Jesus for the first time and about 6 more people reconciled with Christ. Within this week several people got healed and delivered by the power of God. People were talking around about what God was doing. The pastors were excited on the outcome of the evangelism we had done and the people and places we had reached. The service at the end of the week was powerful. People were touched by God and the church was revived. The reports I've been getting is that many people are coming to church, new people! God is changing the community.
Pastor Thomas and I started evangelism in the upper part of Kehancha town. This is where the C.F.F church is located. We visited over 30 homes, including a home of a 5 year old boy who was deaf and mute. This child was very hyperactive and uncontrollable.
We began to pray and after the prayer the child calmed down and actually sat down and even tried to speak to us in his ownway. It really hit me hard because the mother could not afford to send him to school for she didn't have the means of transport or money for that matter.
Then after this house we also met another family in which another mentally challenged 18 years old girl did not attend school because of the lack of resources. The fact of the matter is that she never could attend school. Wow, I said to myself, "How could this be!" but many are going through the same situation here. Unfortunately this is the deepest part of Kenya where many have no hope for the government to help them so they usually just pray and hope to live another day. Many have small businesses that leave them with just enough and others with not enough but somehow they make it. It's only because they trust they have on God that one day He will send 'someone' to rescue them from their situation. I want to be that 'someone' do you want to be that 'someone' too?
We headed this week to a place called Manga. This place is located in Kisii. Under the rain and lots of struggles with the vehicle we rented, we finally reached this place. This is truly an experience I will never forget.
The vehicle gave us so many problems! a water leak from the radiator, we got stuck in a ditch in which, under heavy rain, I got out of the vehicle to push it out, then the tire broke off to the point that we had to reach this place with only two screws in one tire. As impossible as it may seem,we made it there. It was truly a miracle! This place had many things going on. Pastor Steven Osoro was very fearful of matters dealing with a certain lady, including threats of death, witchcraft and sorcery. We overcame the devil in the name of Jesus Christ and experienced a big breakthrough in this little church. After this healing, between this lady and the pastor occurred as well. People were healed, including a girl who had a back problem for a long time and, after we prayed for her, she was healed. People were donating land to expand the church. We are still getting reports on how God is still healing and delivering people.
In the fifth week, we were at Komasincha in which, with the guidance of pastor Gabriel we were able to reach about thirteen (13) homes. Several people accepted Christ. The next day we headed to a town called Olongojio in Maasai and for the next three days we were guided by Pastor Morris and the chairman Julius. Upon arrival, we were guided to the church and had a powerful night revival meeting where we met the Maasai people.
These people truly know how to worship God because most of them could travel long distances to reach the church and stay up to around midnight. It was a spiritual experience in which one of the night services, the Holy Spirit took over to the point that we didn't have to preach because of the power of God just came over everybody. This night was like no other night. The Maasai people saw the hand of God. People experienced deliverance and healing. Aside all the powerful things God were doing in the church, we were able to reach about 16 homes throughout our time there. Some of the things I was able to see were the colorful art crafts the Maasais do and also experienced a natural bath in the outdoors just as they do. This was one of the most powerful journeys we were involved in.
In this final week, we were able to reach several churches. We went to Ntimaru, where we met pastor Joseph Mataro who has a church in a town called Munyiri. There's also a school in the premises that is not completed because of lack of resources. After this meeting we preceded to a place called Canaan where the village leaders donated 5-6 acres in the hopes that we can build a Bible college and a school and a hospital. After these meetings, the following day we proceeded to a place called Kegonga and had a service in a church of about 30-40 members. These people were truly hoping to receive blessings from God so that the church can expand and people can be saved.
So, there I was, heading back home on April 21, 2013 taking with me a great great experience, a both joyful and broken heart but with a deep flame burning in me saying: "I'm not leaveing Kehancha behind, I have to do something for these people, my Blood family. I have to tell others and I pray that they will join me."
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