Friends Church Kenya- Young Friends Outreach

Young Friends during outreach at Kambi Miwa Friends Church

The Friends Church Kenya- young adult friends 4th outreach happened at Kambi Miwa Friends Church, EAYM North YM in Kenya. The 4th-5th/March, 2017 outreach brought together 537 young friends from various Yearly Meeting’s, the event was graced by the fck yfp leaders with representation from FWCC Africa Section office.

Several activities planned took place from the open air meeting, lesson presentation on effects of conflicts on church growth, Bible trivia, choir presentations, talent show, praise and worship. The speaker of the day, Pst. Malanga, Malava YM took the youth through the theme hold onto what you have, Rev 3:11; despite the sufferings, persecution John held firmly and steadily unto his faith in Christ, as a result of his faithfulness, ambition and a fast learner of the gospel he was set apart as a special vessel for God to propagate the gospel to the 7 churches; same way as young people let’s keep going on and stay connected to the supreme being.

There is a crown of victory that will be realized and great reward for our achievements as the yafs. He has given us the strength and power through Christ to keep the good fight faithfully towards the finish line and just as Christ held on his integrity and divinity regardless of the myriad of temptations from the evil one. We ought to be firm and stay free safe from the devil by immersing selves in the word of God for Jesus continued quote its written, should be an encourager to be steadfast in diligently studying the word as the Bereans. Joseph too held onto his integrity despite Potiphar’s wife demands and we witness a crown of promotion bestowed upon him.

Pst. Philip Malanga speaks on the theme during the oureach

These bring me to the Quaker Church and as the Young Friends, the church to be; are we ready for the greater purpose? Our attitude towards the life challenges will be a determinant for success and honour lies in persecutions and whatever is at our disposal will bring forth what we desire. Out of anger, Moses the greatest leader and servant of God failed to reach the Promised Land; though we encounter difficult times in the church hold onto your faith, guard it jealously and God will give us victory in the quest to serve him wholeheartedly.

From FWCC Africa Section the message centred on unity, for unity is the greatest and clear testimony of Christ. There is that of God in everyone; light is powerful word in Quaker circles, the light which translates to God, Christ, Holy Spirit. It is to have liberty, to own up when am rebuked; it’s the presence of Jesus, His protection, For Him to order our footsteps and offer courage to reach out and secure those in darkness or whom we necessarily have difference in view point. When the light shines unto our lives Friends let us not be too defensive but seek for an opportunity to be free, cross over into the light from darkness. The light can be life changing/transforming; are we ready to take up the task of being the light that will transform and bring the change in the family of Friends in this country?

Is there a Friend, young, old, aged either of the sex who you could help know the light? If yes, what is stopping you? Maybe that project that stalled at the church, God is waiting upon you to say something and it shall be well. The conflict in the church could be eating into the membership and you are there but God has bestowed upon you the light that you need to shine, expose those in darkness and help grow the church.

One of the key principle or one of the greater values in Quakerism is Truthfulness and the best truth that brings forth freedom from sins, falsehood and controlling is from Christ himself; to be truthful in our undertakings for the church should be devoid of any self-seeking motives; the freedom that comes is pegged on walking in completeness and totality in Christ.

Am sudden of the challenges we face as the Young Friends; sometimes we feel side-lined from the key church decisions but that’s not the end of journey, we have to keep journeying on for the road in long it demands of our strides. As we walk the road, there are footprints visible and invisible; our goal should be to realize the invisible ones to better our understanding and the environment we work in as Young Friends. Despite the many stumbling blocks as we gather here today/tonight what’s our resolve? What message are we likely to send out to Friends? Can we draft a statement and say this is our position as Young Friends in Kenya? (Could be on politics, environment, social, peaceful elections, church etc)

Yearly Meetings are so wonderful but they are training grounds; after training it’s very automatic the stadium awaits (let us move into stadiums); we need not fight/disagree over the little space, there is more space and there’s time to explore. Issues that affect the Quaker Church are merely to do with boundaries, limiting ourselves, this is my space, you are over-stepping; let us learn from the current mistakes, grow strong for the church tomorrow needs strong, zealous men and women. When Friends fight for leadership in the church as the Young People we suffer, we may not do much about it; but praying and speaking about it can be something

How can a Young Person from Bware/North YM with a smartphone get connected to a Young Friend from another part of the world? Let’s look beyond our boundaries, we have limited churches, they are countable but we have countless opportunities, let’s reach out, and seek connections with Friends beyond our Yearly Meetings. With such mental shift its sudden Young People can overcome some of the obstacles to the destiny and realization of the unity of purpose for the church.

One Year after Pisac

A team of Kenyan Friends who visited to Bolivia

As the curtains rolled down on the World Plenary at Pisac early 2016, a team of 7 Friends from Kenya in company of 7 Bolivian Friends, embarked on 20 long hour road trip to La Paz, Bolivia for a mission and worship exchange program upon request by the Local Friends. From the reports the team says, ‘it was an exciting and frustrating venture in equal measure’. Exciting because they were journeying to share with Friends from different background, culture and frustrating for the long wait at the Peru/Bolivia boarder to acquire visa upon entry, proved to be draining, tedious exercise

The youngest of the group in early 20’s was impressed by the mission, being a first experience far from home and the opportunity to lead in singing and welcoming the preacher was wow! The eldest of the team in 6o’s points out we serve the same Maker, though the approach may be different, the wave of transformation comes sweeps our hearts in equal measure. The Bolivian Friends accompanying them could not hide their excitement as well despite the long-stay and complicated process of acquiring visas for their guests.

Upon arrival at La Paz, the seventh wonder and most beautiful city in the world Local Friends were warmly and hearty welcoming. The smiles and the hugs faded the memories of the border crossing escapades. The beautiful smile of Friend Pamela who took in the ladies still resonates with them and they still express their deepest gratitude for the hospitality and the embrace. It’s good to be home, it’s good to feel at home and at ease when visiting but this was our home and the memories hang on dearly.

In in a week-long visit, the first main exercise was touring the magnificent La Paz city, the parks and the unique and interesting transport system inter-connecting the city through a telegraphic network commonly referred to as telefrico. Very effective it is and lessened traffic and swift it is.

The first Fellowship with Local Friends was at the Central Yearly Meeting of the Iglesia Evangelica headquarters. The one hour long fellowship was transformational with deep reflections led by Kenyan Friends through worship singing and message sharing. Tears of joy were so evident during this first interactive session with Bolivian Friends.

At the Union Church, where Friends were on a retreat at a near park; the wonderful time with the group was so uplifting with sharing around different worship experiences between the two countries. Friends shared testimonies were spirit lifting and a true definition of what it is to be a Quaker and passionate about it. The ageless bonding and friendship was a moving testimony where both the young and the elderly joined in energetic team building activities. This can be a best practice to be emulated by other Friends as barrier breaker between the young and the old in the church.

At the New Jerusalem church-liken to the New Jerusalem, heaven we all desire to see and journeying to; a Kenyan Friend shared an uplifting message and we experienced the Spirit on the Move in a convicting manner. Men and women were lifted and this is an experience Friends will live to cherish as having encountered the beauty of God on a mission. During the youth worship session, the message from Pisac on Living the Transformation was imported to this magnificent and blessed group with beautiful singing.

A visit to the Coroico Church in the Southern suburbs founded by a missionary Eryat PABLO and wife in 1997 was captivating, the thought of missionaries being selfless and not individualistic of where to start a mission station. The church was undergoing reconstruction and the thought of the place being insecure still lingers with Kenyan Friends why a missionary never thought of security but just planted the church? The Friends hold onto the thought, travel ministry, mission outreaches and evangelism is relevant in the Quaker world and will propel the church in numerical rise.

At the Obrehajas Church during an evening for worship Friends shared testimonies of the awesomeness of the Creator who made it possible for the Friends from Kenya to be in their midst. Such a blessing it was, the presence of God was in manifest; God is the same everywhere, we experience God in the same way, no one has monopoly of God.

The highlight for the Kenyan Friends was visits and praying with Local Friends families in the city and outskirts. This is a sign that we are united as a family, our differences was not a hindrance but the joy of fellowship despite the skin colour, body posture, accent, language difference etc. The FWCC dream and vision of crossing cultures was real, connecting Friends was indeed such an experience and for few moments we believe God purposed we be an inspiration to change lives.

With gratitude to God for the privilege, travel grace. FWCC World Office, Africa Section, the International Planning Team for the arrangements; Bolivian Friends, hosts, guides, interpreters for the warmth. Friends Timoteo, Nathaniel, Micaela, Pamela and Esther peace be upon you!!. Missionaries Hal and Nancy Thomas blessings