The call to Great Commission (Mathew 28) is the last commandment that Jesus gave to His disciples. Our mission month at CITAM Eldoret has been a beehive of activities. Through the steering leadership of the Missions Committee, the congregation has been engaged in several outreach activities, with the Mission to Turkana being the hallmark of it all.
A total of 33 missioners took the gospel to the far ends of Turkana county from 16th September to 23rd September 2017. Arriving at Loima sub-county in Namoruputh ward took the missioners a grueling 19 hours by road using two Diguna trucks. Due to the difficult terrains, the road trip to most parts of Turkana county often takes quite a long time.
The mission to the community in Loima entailed myriads of activities ranging from person-to-person evangelism, school ministry, hospital ministry to evening revival meetings. The three schools that immensely benefited from the mission program included Namoruputh primary, Turkwel Boys High School and Loima Boys High School.
The greater success of the whole mission was largely attributed to proper planning since all the missioners were fully involved in ministry from their respective teams. Nonetheless, prayer support from among our intercessors and the congregation back in Eldoret led to over 1500 souls coming to Christ!
The community is highly receptive to the gospel in spite of the disturbing humanitarian and/or social challenges they face on daily basis. Real thirst for the word of God was evident. They would call their neighbors from Manyattas to come and hear the word of God.
Through the support of the Loima sub-county administration, we held a medical camp at a place called Naure-ndudung, some 11/2 hours’ drive from Namoruputh Mission center. The latter was a whole day’s exercise. The medics noted that malnutrition especially among children and the elderly is rife, and has worsened the overall state of health. The leading cause of infant mortality is poor nutrition.
As it stands now, poor infrastructure in the wider Turkana county is a major barrier to the penetration of the gospel. That notwithstanding, high level of illiteracy (occasioned by growing drop-out rates among girls and limited number of schools) is an impediment to outreach with the gospel since only a small number can communicate in Swahili.
Turkana county still remains largely marginalized both in terms of penetration of the gospel and basic social amenities. As we grapple with the challenge of donating foodstuff items (such as the Bread of Life campaign) from time to time, the church should remain steadfast and focused in achieving even the enormous task of winning souls to Christ. Social action and advocacy programs spearheaded by the church may on the other hand, address the felt human needs such as food supply (through irrigated agriculture), clean drinking water, schools and healthcare facilities.