Dr. Silas Wawaru of Nairobi, Kenya, met and greeted Dick McLeish and me when we flew in from Amsterdam last October. The Methodist Guest House was our home for the next few days.
For the first time, I met Rahab, Silas’ wife, and my lasting memory of this woman is her big, contagious smile, which can light up a whole room. Kileleshwa Covenant Community Church is Silas and Rahab’s home church. They have planted a daughter church in Kawangware slum in Nairobi and Tandaza Transformation Centre in Kiserian. We met leaders Samuel, Juma, and Monica. This church supports a feeding program for children, along with outreach into the community, which includes Sunday school and church with cell groups.
Rahab oversees the Transformation Centre, and they have six ladies in full-time rehabilitation care for a variety of additions such as drugs, alcoholism, sex, and domestic violence. A number of people help care for them and teach them the Word.
Domestically, they are taught to make crafts, blankets, and other items, which can be sold. People of the centre also teach them to care for hens and rabbits, as well as gardening. It was interesting to watch them plant maize.
Dick and I were invited to teach a leadership seminar on budgeting, stewardship, and planning at the Word of Truth Church in the Mathare slum of Nairobi. We were also privileged to teach and share God’s Word with 25 pastors.
Outside Nairobi we visited Lydia Kamau’s church, which is about half built, and met Pastor Steve who shared with us about his work with the street children at El-Shaddal Children Centre in Limuru. He has fostered about 30 boys from the streets with a real passion to care for them spiritually, emotionally, physically, and to help them know that God loves them.
On Sunday Dick and I were made to feel very welcome as we worshiped at Kileleshwa Covenant Community Church in Kileleshwa. After a wonderful and blessed time of worship, we had lunch with Rabab’s mum in Kimende and met some more of the family.
We finished our survey trip with a Safari at Lake Nakuru National Park. It was good to spend more time with Silas and Rahab to get to know them a little better and to see