During Covid-19 Ministry Report

Kenyan Church Reopens

In presidential address on 6th July, 2020, the Kenyan head of state stated that the phased reopening of places of worship will see only 100 congregants allowed into sanctuaries.
“In line with the guidelines issued by the inter-Faith Council, only a maximum of one hundred (100) participants will be allowed at each worship ceremony and not more than one hour. Sunday schools shall remain suspended until further notice, and in-person worship shall not include congregants under the age of thirteen (13) years or above the age of 58 years or persons with underlying conditions,” he said when he lifted the cessation of movement for Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera which had been in effect for the past three months.
Kenyan president said that the Inter-Religious Faith Council had recommended vulnerable persons, minors below the age of 13 be exempted from the services. In the last four months VMK has reached the local partner church leaders and believers digitally, most notably through our Facebook account, organizing zoom meetings, making calls, sending mails and sometimes convening some mini-meetings to help reach and hear from the church leaders

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Due to COVID-19, our ability to host local and international conferences has been temporarily halted.
The last four months we have used this time to creatively reach the local partner church leaders and believers digitally, most notably through our Facebook account, trying zoom meetings, making calls and sometimes hosting small group of leaders just to encourage them.
 These are ways we are continuing to minister during these difficult times.
Through the help of Vision Ministry Canada, we have been able to reach vulnerable believers with food-package gifts.
Kenya faces one of the challenging years when it comes to food security. According to our understanding, food security is achieved when all people at all times have sufficient access to food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic knocked on its door, the country faced a devastating desert locust invasion. This added constraints posed by excessive rainfall experienced from October 2019.
Two-third of food poor persons is found in rural areas and Kenyan slums as per the research by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.
The coronavirus outbreak adds to the challenge because markets have been closed and delivery of food has been disrupted. People have lost jobs, some are battling with unpaid leaves and the implementation of curfews and lockdowns in the country has made life more difficult.
Regarding the partner churches, our regional chairpersons regularly give reports to the national office of how the churches in their regions are doing. We often advice pastors and church leaders on various ways to try implement to help reach the believers during this trying period.