In the midst of the excitement surrounding Disney’s Queen of Katwein 2016, projects being completed at Koro Farm (Gulu, Uganda) and the Sports Outreach Resource Center (Kampala, Uganda), and floors being added to the ministry center in El Salvador, ministry in Kenya should not be overlooked. Sports Outreach has been working in Mukuru Slum in Nairobi, Kenya since 2005, with Pastor Francis Juma currently directing the seven staff members. Though small in number, the Kenya staff leads out in what is arguably the most comprehensive expression of the Sports Outreach (SO) ministry model. While all our sites employ the SO model of ministry, the team in Nairobi is integrating all aspects of the model into a beautiful picture of Sports Outreach’s mission statement, “to recruit, train, equip and deploy committed Christian leaders in the effective use of sports ministry for the purpose of sharing the Gospel and to alleviate human suffering.”
If you were to venture over to Nairobi to acquaint yourself with the work of Sports Outreach, you would first set foot in Mukuru Kwa Njenga, a portion of the sprawling 300,000+ person Mukuru Slum complex. With approximately 12,600 people per square mile according to the World Population Review, quarters are cramped, clean water is scarce, and diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, and HIV-AIDS are common. Depending when you arrive, beginning at 8:00 a.m., you would take part in staff devotions, sports training at a prison, or visit a partnering school porridge site. Home visits with families of Andrew Popp Memorial Scholarship Fund or EmpowerME students might take place, or perhaps a special field outreach or discipleship time. At 12:45 p.m. lunch is served at one of the 10 feeding sites and you can imagine yourself ladling bowls of soup or beans to hungry children. Recently the team has started reaching out to the people of Kibera Slum (Nairobi’s largest), so some activities have started taking place there, including two lunchtime meals.
In the afternoons, you would divide time amongst school-based chess programs, computer classes, Tushauriane Women’s Fellowship, and other initiatives aimed at vocational training, teaching, or empowerment. As 5:00 p.m. rolls around, you could easily find yourself in a pick-up soccer game, as this is when community soccer training takes place. Saturdays are especially full as this is when the Girls of Destiny (a group committed to mentoring girls aged 8-18), computer training, and community chess programs meet.
Community outreach soccer matches are also held, and, you would be really excited that a March 2019 community soccer clinic had eight community teams participating, including the Swift Boys and Girls (one girl’s and three boy’s teams of varying age levels with a mentoring component). Another encouragement would be the news that 28 children from Mukuru competed in the Kenya National Jr. Chess tournament, which for many was their first time out of Nairobi. They all did well and Sports Outreach’s Sarah Mukeira (Queen of Mukuru) was once again champion of the U14 category.
As you leave Kenya, you will have seen the Sports Outreach ministry model in motion—stepping on the field providing sports TRAINING, sharing the TRUTH of the Gospel, and building TRUSTING relationships. As relationships develop, our staff step off the field to go DEEPER into lives through DISCIPLESHIP, with the purpose of DEPLOYING the next generation of servant leaders. Maybe you will have been moved in your spirit to give the Kenya field a gracious donation. Any amount would be deeply appreciated and would provide for soccer training kits and jerseys, transportation and fees for sports competitions, food and firewood, and dozens of other initiatives that are currently underfunded. Praise God for the Sports Outreach Kenya team who are shining as bright lights in a dark world, faithfully sharing God’s love to those in Mukuru Slum and beyond.
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