‘Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.’ (James 1:27, NKJV)
Economies the world over have been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown and social distancing measures have resulted in massive pay cuts and layoffs, plunging millions into economic difficulty and uncertainty. The church has been no exception. Many among the brethren have been forced to plough into their savings after losing whatever sources of income they had been enjoying in the past. As with all crises, however, the LORD has not forgotten His people.
In response to the current times, a CARE Committee was set up by the church, which, as at the time of publishing this article, has offered assistance to more than 1000 families and individuals.
On the 14th July 2020, a delegation consisting of members of the Pastorate, eldership and the CARE committee went on a mission of mercy to the Motherly Care Children’s Home in Ruai. The outing was informed by a pre-visit that was conducted a week earlier to assess the needs in the home.
Members of staff from KBC, the National Broadcaster, were present, both during the pre-visit and on the day of the event. This team, led Charles Mulila, Director of the KBC Board, recorded the event, beaming snippets of it during the evening news bulletins. Soft drinks were also provided by Coca-Cola Company.
The presentation of gifts was preceded by a brief introductory session from both the KBC and NCSDAC team. Pr. Jack Ogeda would then deliver a sermonette, exhorting the listeners that ‘the just shall live by faith’. The donations were thereafter presented to the home and included a cash donation of 20,000 specifically for the refurbishment of a broken stove. This would be followed by a round of speeches from both sides
Sylvia Gitonga, who was one of the founding members of the home, would then offer a vote of thanks on behalf of the children.
The CARE Committee would like to sincerely thank church members for their continued support through donations, both in cash and in-kind. It is through their generosity and self-sacrifice that church members have been able to empower Committee members to spread the tentacles of Christ’s love to such places. May the good LORD reward His people abundantly for their continued support towards His cause.
‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’ (Matthew 25:36)