The construction of our missionary base
During six years’ existence of our mission in Kitale, Kenya, our school, church and orphanage were situated on a rented territory in different parts of the city. This was a reason of all kinds of trouble, because we always had to move somewhere for yet another mission, so we spent a lot of funds and time. We rented a territory with a small building for our school and church, and the building was usually used as a classroom. However, there often was a lack of space. We also had a tent on a metal frame basis where we used to hold church services and give lessons to our senior students. There also was a lack of space there, so children had to sit right next to each other during lessons and stand under the blazing sun during the service.
Getting our own big premises had become a burning issue a long time ago. We wanted it to have enough space for our school, orphanage and church service. Such building would give us an opportunity to make the service more convenient, and it would also mean that we would get more time for our daily duties and some new projects. It’s hard to overestimate the importance of possessing our own land and being able to start constructing in the same village where we work. The time that we’d save by not having to constantly change the place of the service would let us get in touch with people more often, make and receive more visits.
It was the autumn of last year when God finally answered our prayers. Thanks to our Ukrainian and American brothers and sisters’ ability to sacrifice, we managed to collect the money and bought a stead for construction. The site was situated near Shimmo La Tevo village, where we normally work. The construction of the main building started in January. The ground floor is supposed to serve as a venue for school and church services, the first floor is where the orphanage and the rooms for our team are. There is also a two-storeyed building nearby, which is supposed to be the kitchen and a storeroom. We plan to use the first floor for our guests.
The foundations is laid, but there’s still much work to be done. The construction of the main building and the interior finishing work are still on our to-do-list. This is a process which requires a lot of effort and money. The mission, as you know, is not a commercial undertaking, so it’s impossible to simultaneously hold church services and make lots of money for the construction of our missionary centre.
But only a year ago it even seemed impossible to buy our own stead and begin the construction. Today we see that God managed to find a peculiar way of helping us with finding the people who assisted us with the construction, and we didn’t even have to make much effort. We believe that He will never stop helping us.
Author: Kirill Kuznetsov
Published: 2014-06-02 19:03