Kenya Ministry Center Building Project
Ten years ago, Burnt Hickory Baptist partnered with Peter Abungu and Swahiba Youth Network to make an impact and minister to people living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Over the years this partnership has grown into a ministry that not only meets the needs of those living in the slums but is a lighthouse for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many lives have been touched, changed, and saved through our efforts.
From providing children’s ministry events, student camps, discipleship and purity programs for teens, feeding thousands of needy families and even hosting Pastor training events our footprint for God in the slums is larger than ever. People are accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior on a weekly basis. Peter and his team are working around the clock to share the gospel with a lost and hurting people.
It’s now time to step up our ministry there in the slums. We will purchase land and begin construction on the Kenya Ministry Center which will include ministry offices, classrooms, and a large 200 seat worship space. As part of this project, our goal is to also plant a church in Kibera where people can come together as the body of Christ to worship and grow. The Kenya Ministry Center will also house the Swahiba Youth Networks offices and provide a place for all the children’s and youth events and programs. It will be a space to train Pastors from all over the Nairobi area as well.
The Kenya Ministry Center will also be available to be rented by other groups and organizations and will allow the ministry to generate income and become more self-sufficient. It will be both salt and light in the community, and further our initiative of reaching the families of Kenya for Christ.
Join us in this effort by donating today. A generous contributor is matching all of our funds, so your gift goes even further right now.
InsideOUT is the missional focus of Burnt HIckory Baptist Church. InsideOUT describes the lifestyle of a mature Christian - changed on the inside by our Lord Jesus Christ and living out our new lives in Jesus. InsideOUT also describes the two areas of service for all Christians - ministry inside the Body of Christ and mission to witness to the lost world. InsideOUT is the way we interpret the instructions of Jesus in Acts 1:8 where He told His followers:
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.
Burnt Hickory and it's InsideOut Missions Ministry has a place for you.
I’ve grown up “in-church” but had never really
considered a true, purposeful, long-distance
Mission Trip. When the Mission Trip to Resonate
Church in Janesville, Wisconsin was proposed, I
was encouraged by a LifeGroup classmate to join
them. Our family usually takes a summer beach trip
vacation, but we discussed going on the Wisconsin
trip because it was different— and something our
entire family could do, even our 5-year-old. So, we
said, “Yes”! As the time to go on the trip neared, we
learned that our BHBC team would be 17 people
comprised of adults, teenagers and children. The
team met for planning sessions and discussed
travel plans like flying versus driving to Wisconsin.
Proclaim his glory to the nations, his mighty deeds to all peoples. - Psalm 96:3
When the day arrived, my children were very
excited. My wife and I was very excited! Our flight
landed safely, and, after a short-drive, we met the
Resonate Church leadership team. Immediately,
you could feel God’s presence! As the week
progressed, we helped Resonate Church hosted
block parties, water games/jumpies and meals for
the community. Our children joined with Resonate
children to deliver cookies to the surrounding
neighborhoods. Both teams worked to remodel
the restrooms in the old church they lease. Our
group also went home-to-home inviting people to
the events and praying for them if/when possible.
During the week Pastor Jesse of Resonate Church
said FIVE community members called/emailed
asking about connecting more with Resonate
Church. That is a huge blessing for a small church
and eternal blessings for the kingdom of God!
When the trip concluded, I looked back on
all that our family experienced.We made a
physical difference by remodeling restrooms and
painting their buildings, but what surprised me
most were the relationships formed during the
week. I definitely have a closer connection to the
BHBC members we worked with. I also have TRUE
FRIENDS in Janesville, Wisconsin. All week long,
Pastor Jesse and the Resonate Church Leadership
Team kept thanking us— saying we were a blessing
for them and their community. I understand what
they meant, but the real blessing was multiplied.
Not solely for Resonate, but for me, my family, my
children and our BHBC team. Going on a purpose-
built Mission Trip has changed my life and I look
forward to doing it again! - Matt Reed
We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God. John R.W. Scott