Bush Schools

11 Apr 2001

Naibor School

Fourteen years ago, a kindhearted group of church members from Shiloh Hills Baptist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia visited Kenya. One of the projects which they tackled was building the first two classrooms of a new primary school in the poverty stricken bush country known as Naibor.

The Shiloh-Naibor Primary School has become a focal point of progress for the whole community, especially in Spiritual matters. Many lives have been touched through our ministry to the Naibor community through this school and the Naibor Baptist Church which shares the same compound.

In spite of the grinding, hopeless poverty of this region, the children work hard in their studies, hoping for a better life through the doors which education opens in this modern world. They eagerly attend the chapel services and soak up all the Bible teaching we can give them. One of our Bible Institute students, John Chirchir, who lives in that area, teaches Bible lessons to the students and faculty of Shiloh-Naibor School at least twice a week.

John is a fine young man who was raised in that area. His oldest child is a student in the Shiloh-Naibor School. John loves children, and even though he is very poor himself, he spends much of his meager income trying to offer the kids in his village a better life. He has formed a children’s Bible Club in his village, and rides his rickety bicycle many miles deeper into the bush several times a week to preach to another small congregation at a place called Mogwooni. John is about half way through his studies in the Mt. Kenya Baptist Bible College, making very good grades.

In addition to spiritual support, we try our best to offer the Shiloh-Naibor School help with the most basic needs. Recently, I received a special offering from an unexpected source which enabled me to invest over $500 in some badly needed books and other basic needs for the School. The whole community was overjoyed at this small investment! You’d have thought I gave them $10,000! (I wish I could!!!)

Ereri School

About five miles away, there is a brand new settlement area which is similar to the Naibor community. Through the generous efforts of a team from Orlando Baptist Church, we have planted the first and only church in the Ereri Settlement area. The Orlando Team also built a Kindergarten classroom – which has already been expanded to house 1st grade as well! The Ereri Church and community are struggling to pool their pitiful resources to build another classroom. We would like to assist this school! Any donations to this project would be an outstanding investment in the spiritual as well as the material progress of this new community!

Pastor James Ndegwa has a large family to support: wife, 5 children, brother, and mother. He was injured by a wild animal a few years ago, and is in constant pain. Medical treatment is expensive, and Pastor Ndegwa has no resources of his own. Please pray for him.

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