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.

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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.

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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.

Mukuru kwa Njenga youth commissioned to transform slum

November 14, 2015.

57 youth from Mukuru kwa Njenga slum graduated after attending a 12 week training dubbed Pepeta Initiative – a training that has helped them gain practical skills in personal finance management, life skills and group dynamics.

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Members of the AA Motomoto (AMOMO) group pose

With a section working as casual laborers, and others running their own businesses, the youth made lots of sacrifices to complete the course. It was tough but worth it, they revealed:

This training has helped me very much. I didn’t know my work as the treasurer of the group; the training has helped me know how to manage the group’s money. Now we have policies, so the work has become easier because everyone is following the rules – Anastasia, Treasurer Embakasi South Ladies United

According to trainer Geoffrey Githinji, “The training has enabled learners be more aware of inner capacities they can utilize.”

To celebrate, youth from all 5 groups, trainers, church and area leaders as well as World Concern staff gathered at a colorful event with food and dance.

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Imara Daima Deliverance Church Pastor William (in green) has adopted the Tegla Lorupe group for mentorship
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Some time spent in worship

Speaker after speaker at the event termed the graduation as a beginning rather than an ending. “Transformation has just begun. We have been studying about business, about changing our behavior. We want World Concern to be there to witness our transformation,” said Alex Chalo, Chairman of Vijana wa Neema, a pioneer group of Pepeta Initiative training.

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World Concern Africa Area Director presents certificate to a graduate

World Concern Africa Area Director Peter Macharia, who also spoke at the event, told the youth that God knows them and is able to fulfill the plans of their hearts.

You have helped us know how to live with people; if someone is wrong, we can correct him in a good way. You have also helped us know how to save because now when I get 200 shillings, I save 50 shillings, pay debts and spend the remaining amount – Sinaida, member Embakasi South Ladies United

We are very grateful to World Concern and Pepeta Initiative for uniting our group and bringing such training in our slum. We request that you continue coming to help the youth in the slum so that they can become more educated – Omosh, Amomo Group

Each graduate starts this journey with some well-thought group policy documents, strategic and business plans.

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Embakasi South Ladies United poses with World Concern Kenya Country Director Harun and Africa Area Director Peter. The football team, which emerged second in this year’s Nairobi Women’s Cup Championship, took part in the Pepeta Initiative training
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Embakasi South Ladies United was awarded ‘Best Group’ in the just-concluded training. Here, team leader Fransesca Kwamboka goofs around with the group’s gift from World Concern. This dryer will be used in a salon the football team is opening at Mukuru kwa Njenga as a way to generate income for group members.
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Members of Amusha Youth Organization
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The group Tegla Lorupe Self Help group, which operates a car wash business at Nairobi’s Imara Daima estate

World Concern is also assisting them to get mentors, apprenticeship opportunities and counseling where needed. It’s all part of holistic transformation – a journey we’re keen not to miss!