Blind pastor can now read the complete Bible

Rev. Paul Mutua is amazed by the fact that people differ in height, weight, and complexion. “How can it be real?” he wonders. Paul is blind. As a child, he remembers seeing the sun, moon and the stars. However, as he grew older his eyesight diminished as a result of natural causes and he became completely blind.

Rev. Mutua pastors at the Transformed Gospel Church in Mukuru kwa Njenga, Nairobi. His house is right across the church behind a pale red gate and along a row of iron sheet structures running parallel to an open sewer line. Passersby help him shuttle between the church and his house. On some days he has no money for food and on others he has no one to send for food.

Though he owned only a small section of the Old Testament, he had a strong desire to read the Bible in its entirety. He had to rely on a Swahili Audio Bible to shepherd his church. “Getting those books has been very difficult,” he says.

His neighbor Patrick Rukwaro says the constant question that Rev. Mutua has been asking over the last 10 years is where he could find the rest of the books of the Bible.

One volume of the Braille Bible is roughly the size of a telephone directory and weighs twice as much. A complete set of the Braille Bible is composed of about 43 volumes. This means that it can easily fill your car trunk.

World Concern’s Dave (right) and Pastor Steve pose with Rev. Mutua shortly after presenting tens of Bible volumes to him

A complete Bible

Early this year, World Concern presented a gift that Rev. Mutua will never forget – the entire New King James Version (NKJV) Braille Bible. His joy has known no end.

“God is good. You have helped me very much by bringing me those books. I don’t even know how to celebrate!”

“Since you informed Pastor that his Bible volumes were on the way, he got so excited  that his conversations became centered almost solely on that,” said his neighbor Patrick.

“How can a ten year long desire be fulfilled by people who just met him? It is true that God answers prayers,” he continues.

Rev. Mutua, his congregation together with World Concern staff inside the Transformed Gospel church in Mukuru kwa Njenga

Rev. Mutua can now read the complete Bible. He is immensely grateful to World Concern for this gift. “It’s a big blessing. To get something like that requires the hand of God. I have been waiting eagerly since I received a phone call informing me that they had been found. I was overjoyed. May God bless you very, very much,” he says.

World Concern continues to work with churches in Kenya to build their capacity in reconciling lives to God.

Embakasi South Ladies United emerge second in Nairobi Champions Cup

When Embakasi South Ladies United club regrouped this year, they had one goal: to reach finals or semi-finals of the Kenya women’s football premier league.

8 months later, the Embakasi South Ladies United has emerged second best in the recently concluded Nairobi Women Championship cup.  The one month long competition entailed 16 women football teams in Nairobi battling it out for a trophy and prize money.

The team was formed with the aim of supporting young mothers and girls in Mukuru kwa Njenga slum.

For these girls, playing soccer has meant better time utilization which is helping them keep off vices such as drugs and alcoholism.

Embakasi South Ladies United is one of the 5 youth groups being supported by World Concern through a multi-sector project on entrepreneurship and self awareness which is facilitated by Commons, a Kenyan based organization.

The team’s efforts have paid off so far with the Ksh 100,000 prize money they bagged having emerged second.

According to team members Pauline, Anastasia and Everline, the quarter finals match was their most memorable. “Within the first three minutes of the game we had scored. In the first half, we had two goals and added two more in the second half,” said Pauline.

The team also produced the tournament’s top scorer and goal keeper.

Nairobi Women Championship Cup Janet Moraa
Nairobi Women Championship Cup Janet Moraa

Janet Moraa , 19 years old, born and brought up in Kisii but now lives in the slums of Mukuru kwa Njenga carried home the Nairobi Women Championship cup best scorer title, a trophy and KSh 25,000 having scored a total of six goals.

Tournament's best goalkeeper Martha
Tournament’s best goalkeeper Martha

Martha Nyaboka, 22 years old, a mother of one who grew up in Mukuru Kwa Njenga has played football since age ten. She carried home the title of the best goalkeeper and pocketed KSh 25,000 as well.

Despite their lack of resources and little support for Women’s football in Kenya, commitment has kept this group going. “Sometimes we play some matches on empty stomachs,” one team member said.

In order to keep their families afloat, most members are resorting to running micro-enterprises during the day, and training for matches in the evening.

World Concern is boosting their incomes by training members in personal finance, group management as well equipping them with skills in running micro-enterprises.

“I no longer feel sad about being in the slums, instead my eyes are open to see the slum population as a ready market only if I begin to sell something relevant and affordable to them,” said Anastacia.

Embakasi Ladies United football club has organized a fundraiser on Saturday November 7th, 2015 to enable members to join computer colleges, dress making and beauty schools in order to improve their skills.

Well done!