2016 SOHI Year in Review

SOHI FLASH September 2014

CRUSADE, LEADERSHIP SEMINAR, and BIBLES

It’s that time again! SOHI is getting ready to send another team to Kenya, and we know God is going to do big things! This trip has a lot of exciting things in store, including vising some of SOHI’s ongoing projects, a Prayer Walk around the community, and ministries in local prisons. The two main events of this trip are the Leadership Seminar and the Crusade.

The Leadership Seminar gives the SOHI team a chance to train with leaders in the community on topics like spiritual warfare, the marks of a true Christian, prayer, sexual purity, and commissioning leaders. There is also an exciting addition to the Leadership Seminar this year– the seminar will not only be for adults, but the youth, the future leaders of Kenya, will also join us! SOHI has a passion to see the next generation of Leaders be empowered and nurtured in Christ!

The Crusade will be SOHI’s 2nd, and we are excited to see what God working! What Kenyans call a Crusade, we might consider anoutreach. The first Crusade took place in October of 2012 in a field at an open-air stage. Thousands of Kenyans came to this humble set up to hear the word of God. They were bussed in or even walked if that is what it took. Can we even imagine that? Dr. Sammy Wanyonyi and many others brought the word, and over 700 adults and countless children accepted Christ as their personal Savior! Praise the Lord! We are praying that even more people attend this year, and that God moves powerfully in the hearts of those who attend. The harvest is ready! As Lisa Fairburn, one of the members of the team at the last Crusade put it, “the people are trulythirsty to learn. They want to soak it all up. They are hungry to learn and to grow.

This brings us to Bibles. How can you learn and grow without the Word of God? You want to be able to provide EVERYONE who needs one with a Bible in their native language so their faith will be fed and nurtured. $10 provides a new Christian with a Bible in Luo.

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ART PASTORS (African Rural Trainers)

ART was started by Jan and Jeremy Peckham, a couple from the United Kingdom who felt called to Kenya to set up training centers for rural pastors who lack theological training. In Kenya 75% of rural pastors are not trained and have very limited biblical knowledge. The training program lasts 3 years. The mission of ART is to equip rural pastors with knowledge of the bible and an understanding of how to interpret it as well as practical life skills, so that they can correctly teach the Word of God.

After the Crusade of 2012, SOHI found that one of the main things that divides pastors in the community is a difference in doctrinal teachings in the church. To unify the pastors and better equipped them to lead their flocks, ART set up a training center in Adiedo. SOHI currently sponsors 22 local pastors as they go through the training program.  According to Pastor Michael, one of the ART pastors, the pastors are working very hard and are hopeful they can finish their courses earlier than expected. SOHI will be looking for more pastors to join ART at this Crusade. Please pray for the ART pastors as they finish training and for those who will join the next course of study.

 

DISABILITIES MONTH IN ADIEDO

August was disability awareness month in Adiedo. For the month SOHI was able to purchase enough grain for families with disabilities in order to sustain them for two months. The disabled are mostly widows who have mental or physical disabilities. For these women, life has been very challenging in the village. SOHI has tried to help with some short-term needs such as providing the grain for them. They are not able to farm and this is one way to help meet their basic needs. Another example of short-term solutions beds and blankets purchased for disabled women who were previously sleeping on the dirt floor.

Long-term solutions are the best solutions. SOHI is doing this is by educating these women’s children and the younger generations about disabilities—both the needs and the solutions. It is the next generation who will create the future and long-term support for the disabled. What can you do? Pray for these women and their families! And donate to help support them.

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5th Annual 2014 SPOKENYA Run/Walk SUCESS!

The 5th Annual SpoKenya Run/ Walk was quite eventful:
  • 6 ParaSport Athletes, racing wheelchairs, participated.
  • 13 teens started their 30HourFamine (Ben and Jerry’s gave them coupons to use after their fast).
  • A big surprise at the finish line…

WOW who knew what awaited Lizza at the finish line……Greg dropped to one knee and proposed to Lizza

…and she said YES!

In total, there were 378 participants.

Net profit: $13,000

All profit goes toward rehabilitating broken wells in Kenya!

A shout out to Race DIrector Karen RIchardson and the whole Richardson family (see photo)!

SpoKenya 2014 IS COMING!

2014 SpoKenya Run / Walk
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Desperation defined: living next to a well and not a drop of water to drink. SOHI continues to find and refurbish wells. Hundreds of wells sit unused in disrepair in Kenya. More cost effective than drilling new wells, repairs/renovations will be made on existing wells and also SOHI will assist in organizing all-important Kenyan oversight of the refurbished wells (so they will not fall into disrepair again).

This annual run/walk draws a crowd of 300-500 community members. Proceeds of this event go toward bringing clean, safe drinking water to Africa. RUN THE RACE. Better yet, BECOME A SPONSOR. The need for water is as great as ever. We look forward to partnering with you on this endeavor – ensuring that everyone has access to clean, safe water.

JULY 19, 2014 SAVE THE DATE!

 
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