Inspiring Hope Group Launch

Earlier this month we held the official launch for Inspiring Hope Group (IHG), a fellowship, savings, and business development group for youth in Kenya.

Nearly one hundred parents, friends, and partners joined us for the event at ACK Christ Church in Westlands.

IHG currently has 22 members and runs two businesses: iHope Farms and iHope Photography (www.iHopephoto.com).

 Words of encouragement from local clergy during the IHG Launch.
Group members during a meeting at the Chaves family’s flat.
Our Farm Manager, Benjamin inspects onion seedlings being prepared for transplantation at the project site in Bungoma, western Kenya.

Graduation Day

Congratulations to Lucy!

Graduating from St. Paul’s University Divinity School with first class honours. Photos from the campus and ceremony in Limuru, Kenya:

Occultism, Spirit Possession and Hysteria

During a recent visit to Western Kenya, I accompanied a friend for an emergency pastoral visit to a local primary school. Students, teachers and parents gathered at the rural school along with the local Chief, Councilor, District Medial Officer, Police Commander and four military personnel. 

All of these had come in response to school hysteria and multiple cases of “spirit possession.” Also present were religious leaders from a local cult who over a period of several days used a variety of rituals to try to “appease the evil spirits.” The spirits were apparently annoyed because a promised human sacrifice was never delivered. In a case that garnered national media attention, learning was paralyzed in the school for weeks.

Here’s an interview with one of the teachers along with a few clips I shot:

After the cult leaders were encouraged to leave, 6 girls received deliverance through prayer.

Diocesan Youth Pastor, Peter Omondi addresses distressed parents.

Local government leaders look on.
 Prayers following deliverance session.

Family Shots

 Paul Wilson relaxes after a tough day.

 Josh organizes his team for the Youth Fun Day.
Josh and Paul