Nuru Media Ministry, our Lutheran Hour Ministries center in Kenya, provides evangelism and follow-up support in a multi-partner program to reach out through medical clinics—particularly in the eastern region of Kenya, near the coast. Nuru’s partners include The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Medical Mission, LCMS congregations in the United States and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) and its local diocese. Nuru supports ten teams twice a year, in April and November.
According to ministry center Director John Maina, the program has been a success—an overwhelming success.
“The Word was proving to be true,” he writes, “for the harvest was plentiful, the workers were few…and the harvest was going to waste.” In 18 months, Maina says, more than 30,000 clients served by the medical clinics had responded with contact information—and both the ministry center and the 15 local congregations involved found follow-up with that many people to be a challenge.
“It was time the harvesters consulted,” says Maina. So in late November, Nuru invited the various stakeholders to a gathering he calls Kenya’s first Regional Outreach Conference. It looked very different from LHM’s U.S. ROC events—but the ultimate goal was the same: connect more people to Jesus.
“It was intensive, and the issues were weighty,” says Maina. After much spirited, open discussion, the participants agreed to challenge each other and focus even more resources on reaching the thousands who were touched with the love of God through much-needed medical care.
You can view photos of the conference at http://nurulhm.blogspot.com.