Although about 70% of Kenyans identify as Christian, the majority are influenced by the Word of Faith movement, New Apostolic Reformation (Bethel Church, Kenneth Copeland, etc.), and the so-called prosperity gospel. A large percentage of Kenyans are biblically illiterate, and very few pastors have received any training. There is also great need for solid biblical resources to edify the Church in Kenya.
What do Sundays Look Like?
Mercy Baptist Church are currently meeting under a tent at the front of the Mercy Ministries campus. Sunday School begins at 10 am. Congregants pray, sing one or two hymns, and Jeff teaches through Keach’s Catechism. Service begins at 11 am. We work very hard to plan a service that edifies the saints and brings glory to God. Everything we do in the service centers around the Word of God. We pray, sing hymns and psalms in English and Swahili, read Scripture, either Jeff or pastor Leonard preaches, and we close by partaking in the Lord’s Supper and the singing the “Doxology.” We feed the children of our community after service, and we are blessed to have many of them attend the service with us.
Church Plants & Partnerships: We have planted a church in the nearby village of Tulumba. We also partner with 3 other congregations: one in Tulumba village, another in the village of Talitia, and a third in the village of Bukembe. Mercy Baptist Church is a part within a network of 5 congregations all working together for the advancement of the gospel in rural Bungoma county.
Sub-ministries: Sharon Bible School is a ministry founded by AFM board member Jim Clark. Through SBS, we provide study materials to local churches, teaching them basic Bible study methods. Our students go through 41 weeks of studying the books of John and Acts.
We also partner with Pastor Elly Achok of nearby Mumias. Elly and his team of lecturers run the Wisdom Training Center, which meets at the Mercy Ministries campus every Saturday. They are teaching our local pastors courses in theology so that they can earn a certificate or diploma.
Furthermore, we are currently sending 4 pastors from the churches we partner with to KReST (Kisumu Reformed School of Theology) where they are studying for a bachelor’s degree in theology.