There is Hope beyond the COVID 19 Pandemic

Dear friend,
The Year 2020 began on a very positive and optimistic note, with God telling us to give careful thought to our ways, Haggai 1:5. We all looked forward to great year with so much hope and a lot of expectations.
At GOA Kenya, we began with a renewed energy and commitment to reach the nations for Christ. Our teams put together the plans and financial budgets for the coming year 2020/2021 which begins on 1st April, just a few days from today. Through Kingdom partnerships, we looked forward to reach more people with the Gospel, care for more orphans, build more peaceful families and communities and train More leaders. Our partners were prepared to walk together with us in reaching the nations for Christ and support our teams achieve their goals.
It was least expected that we would find ourselves facing a much bigger obstacle like the global pandemic of COVID 19. It has left many people including our partners and our teams not knowing what the next step would be to achieve our goals. Many of the Missions teams from our partners across the continent have expressed their inability to make it for their annual mission trips to Kenya, which have served to encourage the unreached people groups of Kenya that we continue to care about them. During these trips, most of which may not happen this year, we feed the hungry, give clothes to those at greatest need and preach the love of Christ to them. We, however, are optimistic that God will see us through and out of this tough time and sustain us in our pursuit of the vision of GOA and reach more people groups with the gospel.
With faith and trust in God that He will surely save us from this global pandemic sooner than later, GOA Kenya teams are still focused on our initial plans with minimal changes. But at the same time prepared to work with the worst case. Our Annual GOA International Family Conference, scheduled to take place between 20th and 24th April is still being planned. We continue to encourage our members to register for the conference. The GOA Aberdare Run to build the Dream Centre, which was planned for the 24th April after the family conference will still take place to build the talents of our young people and build the GOA Dream Centre. We pray to God that it shall be well.
In times like these our hearts get so troubled and disturbed. We many times ask God questions why he should allow such tragedy to befall us. The GOA Kenya family prays for our partners and friends and the entire humanity around the globe for safety, sound health and protections against further spread of the Coronavirus pandemic as we condole with the families that have lost their loved ones as a result of the COVID 19 Pandemic. We also pray for psychological and emotional strength from God and his peace to guard our hearts. Phil 4:6-7 “… by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Let This peace keep guarding our hearts as pray to God to help us out of the current difficult times.

The GOA Kenya Team

Fifteen years from today…

I am Vallery Chepchirchir; I am the last born in the family of five, four girls and one boy. I was born in Kericho County in Kenya. My mom passed on when I was still young so I did not get the privilege of seeing her. A few years later my dad also passed on. I was still very young then. My grandmother took us in together with my brother and my other sisters. She would go out to pick tea in tea estates to find something for us to eat. My elder sister would join her to help get enough for the rest of us. Schooling was a challenge. The nearest public school was a distance away, We were enrolled at Boror Academy, a private school where we started attending school However my siblings and I spent very few days at school since we were many times sent home for lack of school fees, we lost a lot of school days at home waiting for our grandma to find school fees for us. As a result of our struggles my elder sister got married.

In 2016, I was taken by GOA Kahawa Wendani church and adopted by a foster family with whom I have lived since then. Life is better today compared to what I would experience before 2016. My basic needs are provided and have a very loving family. I have been enrolled to a better school. One thing I love about my family now is seeing how my foster parents deny themselves comfort to make my life comfortable with the provisions I need.

A side from my school work, which I love so much I enjoy acting in drama and poetry too. Taking roles of different characters in plays makes me happy. Especially playing the role of a compassionate character in a play makes me feel like I am really helping someone else out of their desperation. I love GOA Kahawa Wendani Church because there are so many of such opportunities and I am always sure make use of them.

I would like to study Medicine at the University Of Nairobi or a broad and become a medical doctor, I feel this would give me a better opportunity to serve the community and other people. I would love to see other children from poor backgrounds like mine getting good medical care and have someone that cares for them.

One challenge I face more regularly is lack of school fees for my education. Out of the great love that my family has for me I see a lot of struggles in financing my Education. I always pray that God will open bigger financial doors for them or bring a friend that will help with my education so that these struggles will one day be a story of the past.

Fifteen years from today I see myself practicing my medical career and at the same time raising a family that fears God and helping other needy children achieve their dreams. Despite my past and current challenges I am always encouraged that God is listening to me and since he has kept me this far I cannot give up.

Did you miss Celebrating Bishop Thagana’s birthday?

 

Dear Friend,

March 9th was a significant date to GOA International family. It’s on this day that the friends, partners, stakeholders and members of the GOA International family celebrated the Birthday of Bishop David. Several decades ago in a remote village in Karatina in the current Nyeri County of Kenya on the 9th of March Baby David was born in a family that had no knowledge of the Gospel of Christ. Several years later, he would see the light of the gospel and accepted Jesus Christ.

The call of God found Teacher David Thagana teaching at Karima Girls High school In Nyandarua County when he quit his Teaching career to pursue God’s vision for his life through founding Glory Outreach Assembly, in 1991, with the main Vision Areas as:-

  1. Church growth, to reach both the reached and un-reached people of Kenya East Africa and beyond with the gospel life transforming gospel of Salvation and disciple them to full mature Christians with a saving faith in Jesus Christ
  2. Compassion, to compassionately serve the less fortunate and vulnerable members of our society to improve their living standards
  3. Peace building and Conflict resolution, to pursue peace within the society and families building a peaceful society to further the acceleration of the Gospel of Salvation.
  4. Leadership Training and Development, to help the church embody Godly leadership values for the efficient functioning of the body of Christ.

The ministry has since then grown to plant over 130 churches around the nation of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC Congo, Ethiopia and Most recently the newest nation in Africa, South Sudan.

We have eight Children’s Homes taking care of over 300 children and over 500 children who have gone through the GOA Compassion ministry and exited to be productive members of our Society.

For the 28 years that GOA has been in existence the ministry has not been able to construct a headquarter church. This year, GOA’s priority is to lay the foundation of the Headquarter church at Kahawa Wendani in Nairobi. This first phase project, requires up to Kshs. 10,0,000,000 an equivalent of $100,000.

For the past couple of years, Bishop David dedicated all his annual Birthday gifts to building the GOA DREAM CENTRE.

If you missed the March 9th Celebrations, its not too late. You can visit GOA US or  GOA Switzerland and Send your birthday Gifts.

You can also send your gifts to Mpesa Till Number 853725

and Sing

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY BISHOP DAVID!!!!

We will Miss you Mrs Mugane

They call you Mama John, mum, The director Merciful redeemer Children’s home in Kitengela, Kenya, Shosh and many more names and titles. They rightly call you so deserve it.

I call you my Sister in Christ, my intercessor, my co-worker in compassion ministry and the Gospel at large. You encouraged me to relocate from the rural areas of Kinangop, Nyandarua County to be strategically located in Nairobi for the great Commission.

Your words of strong persuasion are so clear in my mind as they were the “Dad come to Nairobi, Your vision is too big for the rural areas”. You repeatedly said. In spite of my resistance to come to Nairobi you not only prayed me into the city but also became the first neighbours, friends and supports of my family at South C.

Your sincere and frequent reference to me as dad made our relationship more than I could ever imagine. Your introductions before your friends that you see Munyiri’s daughter and little bragging pointing at me “This Munyiri is my dad.” My daughter little did I know that from your house to Kenyatta you would mid-wife the birth of my last born daughter Mary Waithira. God is fair and just, just a few years later God used me to midwife the birth of your vision of Merciful redeemer Children’s home, through International Leadership Institute National Conference held at McCarthy.

My daughter, loving and generous auntie, I can’t believe you have gone to be with Jesus and left me to fight these battles without you. Your persistent Spiritual welfare engagement on behalf of merciful redeemer Merciful Redeemer, myself and all those who were close to you is something we will miss.

You have left behind a great vision, a great legacy in Merciful Redeemer Children’s home. You have changed many lives of orphans, abandoned babies and vulnerable children. More than 100 Children have experienced God’s Merciful and redeeming Love because of your obedience. You have left 108 orphans in merciful Redeemer and a team of self sacrificed caregivers and teachers.

We may never have always seen things from the same perspective but what I learnt from you which I will always cherish forever is your humility in coming back to say “Dad forgive me” we would laugh together and move on to glorify God. One such moment is my last fellowship with you in my Kahawa Wendani Office on 11th April 2018.

Auntie you should have told me you were coming to bid me farewell.
I should have been more sensitive in the Spirit to hear you bid me farewell. I thought it was farewell to the States. Never imagined it was to heaven never to see you again on this side of heaven. I can only imagine how peaceful you are with Jesus. On a selfish note please get ready to welcome me home with your Lovely Praise and worship. I hope they tambourine for you play in heaven.

Auntie I know you are missing Merciful Redeemer Children. You probably would be praying and networking to get them food from your friends and family today, but God had better plans for you. You may have gone but your Spirit will live forever in the children you gave life at Merciful Redeemer and through us who believed in your vision. We will keep your fire burning.

REST IN PEACE, Ann Mugane.

Bishop David Munyiri,