Thursday 30th July
The missioners started arriving on Thursday 30th June at 4.00 p.m. at the Emanuel Worship Centre Mission Centre. They were registered and distributed to their local hosts for accommodation.
Janet the Accountant was registration the missioners on 1st Day
Friday – 1st July
We started off with morning devotion led by the Kilifi Mission 2011 Chairman Rev. Jembe Lewa. He shared from Ephesians 4:11 – “It was He who gave some to be apostles. Prophets, evangelists, and some to be pastors & teachers to prepare God’s people for work of service so that the body of Christ may be built up…” however, we are all gifted differently but are members of the same body.
After the devotion, Rev. John Shikuku took time to introduce the ministry of AEE Kenya to the congregation and thereafter introduced the AEE staff, the New Team Leader, Rev. Edward Ngaira and the Board Chairman Bishop Jeremiah Anondo who were also attending the annual mission for the first time.
Introduction to Kilifi Town
Rev. Martin Mwabaya gave a brief summary of the town of Kilifi. He expounded on the town’s history, culture, faith, religion, population composition and the known spiritual strongholds. He highlighted on the following key strongholds.
Devil worship even in Primary and Secondary Schools.
Prayer and Prophetic Action;
As demonstrated by the story of Moses in Exodus 17:10 – 13,when his hands were held up by Aaron and Hur at the Raphidim during the encounter with the Amalekites , Rev. Edward Ngaira encouraged the Church leaders and their congregants to work together in unity.
Saturday 2nd July;
Saturday was a bright day and all visiting and host missioners armed with cleaning gear i.e. brooms, Slashes and “pangas” ready to clean the town of Kilifi. After a time of praise and worship, the missioners, led by the Mission’s Chairman Rev. Jembe Lewa, Rev. Martin Mwabaya, Rev. Edward Ngaira and Rev. John Shikuku, the missioners marched through the streets to the County Hall, where the Town Clerk Mr. Saidi Badi addressed the missioners. He pointed out that Kilifi mission town cleaning was very timely because their garbage collection tractors had broken down and therefore their cleaning efforts work had stalled. He then flagged the missioners off to go ahead and clean the town. Town clerk Mr Saidi Badi addressing the missioners
The climax of the cleaning exercise was when all the missioners congregated at the main Bus Stop singing and dancing, attracting a large crowd of onlookers. Rev. James Chigodi of the Redeemed Church, Kilifi town, shared the word very powerfully and a group of some radical Muslims youths became agitated after a challenge to make a decision for Christ was made. The evangelists wisely engaged the youths and what would have been an ugly confrontation was turned into a ministry window. Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose”. Rev. James Chigodi sharing the Word powerfully
Sunday – 3rd July
Commissioning and the Mission’s Launch Service
After the Sunday services, all the missioners and members of local congregations gathered at the Temple of Praise Church for the mission launch and commissioning. The launch was attended by over 1,500 people. The Church was filled to capacity; some followed the proceedings from outside.
Commissioning Service the missioners both local & visiting were commissioned
The Kilifi Pastors Fellowship led by their Chairman Rev. Lewa Jembe coordinated the service. Rev. James Chigodi shared the word powerfully from Luke 10:3 – “…..go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves”. The missioners were charged to go forth among “wolves” and evangelize. The Kilifi Pastors then handed to us a symbolic city key, as a
Rev. John Shikuku, Missions Coordinator receives the key to preach the Gospel in Kilifi
sign of their good will and support to the Kilifi Mission. They released us to preach the good news in all the corners of the town.
Monday 4th July
The day was bright and the missioners assembled at 8.00a.m at the Mission base for devotion led by Bishop Jeremiah Anondo. He shared from Ephesians 4:11 that “Some are given to be apostles, teachers, evangelists and pastors to edify the body of Jesus Christ”. He challenged the evangelists to remain true to their call to ensure all the people groups are reached. The evangelists were thus encouraged to go out and share their testimonies without fear. Bp. Jeremiah Anondo sharing during the devotion
Leaders Dinner Forum
The Leaders Dinner was held on Monday 4th July at Pekele Village Resort Hotel situated in the centre of Kilifi Town. The Guest Speaker was Bishop Stephen Kabachia, a Board member of African Enterprise, Kenya. The speaker said that Africa is richly endowed with natural and other resources. He pointed out that Africa needs a new breed of transformational leaders. He cited Abraham in the bible as a model transformational leader. He challenged the participants to be; Courageous, caring, and humble. Bp Stephen Kabachia speaking during the Leaders Dinner
The District Officer was the Guest of Honor and appreciated the meeting as very timely. He also acknowledged the mission cleaning exercise as a very positive example to the local people. He highlighted some of the challenges facing the local people as:-
Retrogressive Cultural practices
Drugs and substance abuse among the youth.
The administrator appreciated the church for supplementing the Government’s efforts in education, health and peace building efforts.
Tuesday Morning – 5th July
Tuesday kicked off at 8.00 am with a powerful devotion led by Rev. Steve a guest of Bishop Dr. Stephen Kabachia. He shared from Acts 1:8 – “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit is on you…” He noted with concern the
worldwide scenario is that the church is no longer emphasizing and investing in evangelism. He encouraged the evangelists not to fear but to go out with confidence because they have received power and authority from above.
Testimonies from the Field
A team of evangelists witnessed to a lady who had been paralyzed. The evangelists prayed for her and she received healing and she walked to her sitting room. On another instance, the evangelists witnessed to a Muslim man whose spouse was a Christian, the evangelists ministered to the man and he surrendered his
life to the Lord and the family was joyfully united. We are also reaching out to the learning institutions with the gospel as part of the mission activities.
One group met a demon possessed person and ministered to him and he was set free. The evangelists also encountered many native Muslims who were initially resistant to the gospel but later made a decision for Christ. Alcoholism and black magic were identified as common hindrances to the gospel in Kilifi.
In the course of the witnessing, we experienced the following challenges:-
The evangelists entered one of the homes and a lady who kept sweeping after them wherever they passed, when she was asked why she was doing it, she said that followers of Jesus Christ are not welcome in her homestead.
During the mission orientation, it was brought to our attention that there is a minority white population that is hardly evangelized; God granted us opportunities to reach to some of them despite their hard heartedness.
Other challenges included encounters with radical Muslims who refused to give the missioners a chance to preach to them.
In some Muslim homes, the missioners found ladies who were willing to be saved but insisted that they needed permission from their husbands.
Pastor’s wives Forum
The pastor’s wives forum was held at the New Life Centre, Kilifi. The forum addressed issues relevant to pastors’ families and over 30 pastors’ spouses attended. Mrs. Loise Kihara of AE Kenya was the speaker and at the close of the forum the participants requested for some felt needs to be addressed in their future forums.
Mrs Loise Kihara, speaking with Pastors wives
Wednesday 6th July
The professional forum took place at the Pekele Resort Village. At least 60 professionals drawn from the teachers, lawyers, secretaries and several business people of Kilifi attended the meeting. The meeting was
graced by District Officer-1 who was the Guest of Honour. Mrs. Monica Muoki, AEE-K Board member, attended the meeting and Rev. John Wesley Mission’s Chairman of AEE-K was the guest speaker. He told the professionals that the professionals that they need to be connected to God in order to fulfill their purpose in this world and that every body will give an account of themselves before God. He challenged them to make a decision to be connected to God and some hands were raised up in the response to the altar call
Rev. John Wesley speaking during the professional’s forum
School Ministry Report
The school ministry was vibrant and began on Monday 4th July. A total of 1890 students, participated and 438 students made a decision for Christ. The evangelists counseled the students on issues of academic excellence, sexuality, peer pressure, and discipline. The students expressed a lot of interest in the topics that were being taught. Most students requested for more counseling sessions. In some schools, the teachers felt that the students needed a fulltime counselor to be able to meet the needs of the students. School ministry was also instrumental in reaching out to students of the Islamic faith.
The school ministry also reached out to the teachers who responded positively and some made decisions to follow Christ.
Foxfires- current and former ministering during the School Ministry
Saturday 9th July
Student Leaders Forum
This forum took place on 9th July at Pekele Resort Village with an attendance of 40 student leaders from various schools and colleges. Mrs. Janet Mwendwa ministered on servant leadership while Rev. Edward Ngaira explored on the topic of a leader’s character. The plenary session facilitated by
Ms. Janet Mugo and Mr. William Muchiri was quite an interactive one. The teachers who had accompanied the students felt that it was a rich session and requested that in future AEE Kenya should be back to explore these topics further with a bigger audience from a majority of schools and colleges in Kilifi town.
Rev. Edward Ngaira and Janet Mwendwa speaking to the students
The Women Rally took place on Saturday 9th July 2011 at the Victory Gospel Centre. It was attended by over 300 women from all churches. Loise was ministering to the women on the topic “Women Arise”. Many women with different problems responded to the altar call. This session was followed by a time of questions that affects Women, Mrs Rahab Gathuci from Embu an associate of AEE K helped in answering the questions.
Other Special Meetings
There were other special meetings that took place during the same period namely Widows, Single Parents, Men’s Forum, Couples and Night Hunting.
There were three final rallies from Friday, Saturday and the final one was on Sunday. Approximately 1500 people attended the final rally. Rev. Edward Ngaira AEE-K Team Leader ministered in the two rallies, Saturday and Sunday while Bishop Joseph Mulinge an AEE-K long time associate preached on Friday. The power of God was present in the three rallies and many people surrendered their lives to Christ while others were healed from all kind of ailments.
Rev. Edward Ngaira ministering at final Rally
The total number of those people reached during the mission period were 12,000 and 3,024 people surrendered their lives to Christ. Praise God for this is His doing.
Pray for the Pastors in Kilifi as they have embarked on the follow up
Pray that the fruits remain.
Pray for the AEE K members that God may renew their strength.
Rev. Edward Ngaira
Team Leader, African Evangelistic Enterprise, Kenya