We have the Land

24 02 2017

Hello friends, after many prayers and determination, Inspiration Centre was able to raise the $25,000 to purchase the land. The land has a temporary iron sheet structure that our Church will be meeting in as we await for a permanent. We haven’t wasted any opportunity since we moved in. We started by constructing a sewer line that will serve the Mathare community and connecting water to the property.

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If you would like to be invloved, please email us on: inspirationcentremathare@gmail.com





Building a Church in Mathare

19 01 2017

It has been more than 8 years meeting in a tent to worship. Over these years, our congregation has increased tremendously. The tent can no longer hold 200 people which it initially did. With this “good problem” in mind, we have started a journey to build a Church in Mathare. We have received amazing feedbacks and contributions towards this. We are targeting $60,000 and so far have raised $18,000. The purchase price of the land goes for $25,000.

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Thank you again for supporting this project, you can get involved by sending us an email at: inspirationcentremathare@gmail.com

Many Blessings…………





MERRY CHRISTMAS

20 12 2016

Greetings from Inspiration Centre! 2016 has been a great year for our ministry in terms of education, service and empowerment to our Mathare community. Through your support, we have been able to help over 90 students access education from kindergarten to University level. We were able to host a couple of missionary teams who devoted their time and resources to work at Inspiration Centre. We are really grateful for your involvement; surely it has gone beyond finances and flourished into a deep friendship.

Last but not least, keep our Country Kenya in your prayers for the 2017 elections. The Country has always been divided on tribal lines during these times but we hope that people will be united by issues that affect them and that violence will have no place.

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As we are all getting ready for the birth of Jesus Christ, I would like to wish each and everyone of you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

 

 





Kevin

15 09 2016

For the past few days have been one of the challenging days for my friend Kevin.  Kevin is autistic and lives with his single mother and his siblings in Huruma slums.

In less than two weeks ago, Kevin was assaulted by police officers and ended up losing a tooth and sustained minor injuries. It seems that the police acted unprofessionally when they tried to arrest Kevin for walking away from them. The intervention by neighbors and people who know Kevin in Huruma prompted the police to leave him alone but they had already assaulted him. Inspiration Centre has already secured a lawyer for Kevin and we are  in the process of pursuing justice for Kevin through the courts.

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It’s sad to know that those entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the most vulnerable in our society end up misusing those powers against them.

Please keep Kevin in your prayers as we seek justice for him (seated in the first row in front).





Making Dreams come true

27 04 2016

The month of April is a significant month for most students in Kenya. Students normally get a four week break from school. This means having a lot of time on their hands and sometimes getting into trouble. Our ministry however had a different plan this year. It was time for our annual Art Camp!

 

Our long term partners, Bear Valley Church from Colorado, sent a team of five people led by the Bryants for a period of one week. The church also supported the entire camp financially. The students were divided into different classes; Dance class led by Max and Teresa, Culinary class led by Jenn, the Craft class led by Jon and Maddie, Painting class led by Debbie and Photography class led by Godfrey and Leylah.

 

 

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Jenn and Maddie leading one of the sessions

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Leylah awarding certificate to one of her students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our 2016 theme was “My Body, God’s Temple.” The teachers had to use their Art form to teach the students the layout of the Old Testament Temple; from the Outer Court to the Holy of Holies as explained in 1Kings 6. It was also a time for learning about our value to God, and important physical/emotional boundaries. Our temple is special! The camp lasted five days and was hosted at Word of Life Camp in Ukunda. The students had free afternoons to enjoy swimming in the Indian Ocean. For most of our students, it was their first time to visit the Coast part of Kenya. We wanted this camp to be unforgettable to our 50 students and more than 10 teachers. Secretly, the Bryants and Inspiration Centre had conspired to have everyone fly back on the  last day of the camp. This was a once in a life time experience for kids who are used to seeing poverty, pain, brokenness and  hopelessness. They were given a different lease and perspective on life.

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students enjoying the plane ride

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Max and Teresa’s dance class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From her book “A Return to Love,” Marianne Williamson states that “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frighten us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

 

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Debbie’s painting class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for being part of our ministry. If you wish to be part of our long journey, feel free to get in touch with us through our email: inspirationcentremathare@gmail.com.

 





Taking the lead

26 02 2016

2016 started very well especially in our education department. Our 2015 K.C.P.E (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) candidates did very well; they led in most of the Primary Schools in Mathare. All of the candidates are so happy to be freshmen in various high schools in Kenya.

On the other hand, Jaime

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was invited to Wheaton College as the Artist in residence for four weeks. Jericho and I tagged along to support her and experience the winter season in Illinois. We thank God for the opportunity to meet new friends, Churches and old friends.

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Jericho smiling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to support any of our programs, you are most welcome. Any donation given is tax deductible for those in the United States.

Write a check to Street Psalms and in the memo write Inspiration Centre. Mail it to:
1121 Tacoma Ave S.
Tacoma, Washington 98402
Or
You can give through our online website:
http://www.streetpsalms.org/donate
Make sure you choose Kenya Inspiration Centre on the drop-down menu in the select box.

Or

If in Kenya, you can write a check to INSPIRATION CENTRE and mail it to 77244-00611 Nairobi.

 

 





Being a missionary

27 10 2015

Being a missionary has always been attributed to a Western ideology of sending Christian brothers and sisters to the “world” to preach the gospel of Christ. Unlike myself; coming from Mathare slums in Nairobi, my wife Jaime and my son Jericho, this definition has entirely changed. We have been privileged to serve along the poor, the rich, the unpreached, the unreached, the republicans, the democrats, the Caucasians, the Africans, the Latinos and even the Natives. It’s amazing how the gospel of Christ cuts across our ethnicity, our race and our different affiliations. Our visits throughout the United States have been wonderful. They have brought joy, tears at some point, laughter, challenges and hope. We have been able to meet some of the amazing people who love God from the bottom of their hearts. We managed to visit seven different Churches and three different organizations. The following are the Churches and organizations we visited; Evangelical Garifuna Church (http://evangelicalgarifuna.ny.us.mennonite.net/), King of Glory Tabernacle (http://kingofglorytabernacle.ny.us.mennonite.net/), Dabar Tabernacle of Deliverance (http://www.dabartabernacle.net/), Heart of Junction (http://heartofjunction.com/), Denver Community Church (http://www.denverchurch.org/), Bear Valley Church (http://www.bvchurch.org/), South Park Community Church (http://soparkcc.org/community.html), Denver Rescue Mission (http://denverrescuemission.org/), Fletcher Miller School (http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/) and Mile High Ministry (http://www.milehighmin.org). God is using these Churches to make a difference in my community, my ministry and my Country Kenya. As always, I am grateful for all the support you give us!

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As I prepare to get back to Nairobi, I know a lot of people will be asking me how people live in America, what kind of food they eat, if money grows on trees or if I will be bringing them with me on my next trip. The most important thing is that I have been able to share the gospel of Christ with everyone I interacted with.

If you would like to support any of our programs, you are most welcome. Any donation given is tax deductible for those in the United States.

Write a check to Street Psalms and in the memo write Inspiration Centre. Mail it to:
1121 Tacoma Ave S.
Tacoma, Washington 98402
Or
You can give through our online website:
http://www.streetpsalms.org/donate
Make sure you choose Kenya Inspiration Centre on the drop-down menu in the select box.

Or

If in Kenya, you can write a check to INSPIRATION CENTRE and mail it to 77244-00611 Nairobi.








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