Kenya is the world’s 48th largest country by total area. With a population of more than 47.6 million people in the 2019 census, Kenya is the 29th most populous country.
God Led Us
Spring of 2020, the burden of the Holy Spirit came — like the winepress of God — to fast and pray for Kenya for 40 days.
We believed at the time that Pastor Francis of South Sudan and Apostles Enock and Baptist from Uganda were to enter Kenya shortly after those 40 days ended. They leave, not knowing whom they are going to meet, knowing only that the Lord has shown us in the Spirit a very humble man, a man gentler than any man we’ve met before, in a place of great poverty and many trees, a pastor who is faithful and who is expecting The Lulu Tree because God has already prepared him.
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Kenya, a country in East Africa famed for its scenic landscapes and vast wildlife preserves. Its Indian Ocean coast provided historically important ports by which goods from Arabian and Asian traders have entered the continent for many centuries. Along that coast, which holds some of the finest beaches in Africa, are predominantly Muslim Swahili cities such as Mombasa, a historic center that has contributed much to the musical and culinary heritage of the country.
Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution. More than four-fifths of the people are Christian (although is is majorly saturated in prosperity gospel teachings), primarily attending Protestant or Roman Catholic churches. Christianity first came to Kenya in the 15th century through the Portuguese, but this contact ended in the 17th century. Christianity was revived at the end of the 19th century and expanded rapidly.
African traditional religions have a concept of a supreme being who is known by various names. Many syncretic faiths have arisen in which the adherents borrow from Christian traditions and African religious practices. Independent churches are numerous; one such church, the Maria Legio of Africa, is dominated by the Luo people.
Muslims constitute a sizable minority and include both Sunnis and Shīʿites. There are also small populations of Jews, Jains, Sikhs, and Bahaʾis. In remote areas, Christian mission stations offer educational and medical facilities as well as religious ones.
(information taken/adapted from britannica.com/place/Kenya/People)
Pastor Samson Madibio resides in the western village of Funyula, Kenya. He speaks the Kishwahili language in addition to English. No other outside organization works with him. He has an independent church, but gathers all the area pastors around him, and together they help the jajjas (elderly) with the little they have. At the end of the year they feed the hungry while preaching to them. They also have a microloan project amongst the pastors, and do farming in order to feed their families. Pastor Samson has one child with his wife, but takes care of orphans in his home.
Other ways God is using Pastor Samson
- providing Bibles and outreach materials to the pastors he oversees
- taking the gospel into the deepest of villages surrounding him — Pastor Samson is desperate to save those who are perishing around him
- training up local pastors in the Biblical Harvestime Curriculum
What God is doing
In the village of Funyula, Pastor Samson is supporting his family as well as orphans and jajjas through a simple garden of Maize (corn). His desire is to purchase two more acres to plant more Maize, allowing him to send more orphans to school and to care for more of the elderly in his village. Oxen and a plow, as well as livestock, would also help Pastor Samson in his mission to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth.
Sustainable farming not only helps pastors raise up fathers who can provide for their families, but most importantly, it enables them to both plant — and harvest — the seeds of the gospel.
Many parents in Africa struggle to make ends meet, not because they don’t work hard enough — they work sunup to sundown, trying to sell fuel or purchasing a few items from the market to sell in their village, or doing neighbors’ washing, or selling whatever food they grow in their garden — but because they don’t receive fair wages or fair opportunities.
In an effort to assist one another with their businesses, Pastor Samson and the members of his congregations have joined together the little they have to help each other through a microfinance program.
The majority of village pastors in Kenya do not have any theological education. Some don’t even have a high school education, or a complete Bible, but just a call from God into ministry. The Lulu Tree equips sincere church leaders with a free 21-course theological curriculum called Harvestime. At the end of the 21 courses, these pastors then graduate with a diploma in Biblical Ministries.
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