Since 2001 Life Challenge has supported a Primary School Project that was initiated and directed by Kenyan missionaries in one of the big slum areas of Nairobi.
Around 350 children (2017 figures) living in great poverty with a number of them being orphaned receive a basic school education on a daily basis. They are taught subjects like English, Kiswahili, Maths, Geography, Biology etc. The majority of these children come from a Muslim background. Many are Somali or Borana.
Besides providing a basic education in school, our intention is to teach them the Word of God, the Bible. This is accomplished by a concept called Chronological Bible StoryTelling. Starting from the book of Genesis we go through the whole Bible picking out the key stories, finally leading to present the gospel of Jesus Christ. The children get a Bible lesson twice a week so that they understand the overall picture of the Bible as well as how people and stories in the Bible relate to each other.
Our hope and prayer is that these children will understand the Bible and God might convince them of the truth of his Word.
We see the children as part of their families and so we also try to establish contacts to their parents. This includes visiting their homes and inviting the parents to come to school and learn something, too. This has led to an evening class for parents, which is attended by around 20 adults who learn English and Kiswahili, but who also get to know the Word of God.
We are grateful that God has helped the school and the teachers know establish a good reputation in the community and that it is recognised by parents and neighbours as a place where Christians take care of their children in a serious way.
The parents are usually asked to pay a small school fee per month, but more than half of them fail to do so due to lack of funds. Therefore the school is financed to 80% by donations from outside.
If you want to get more information about this special outreach to a Muslim community, or if you are interested in helping by praying and giving, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We thank you for your support and prayers.