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Immanuel Churches for the Deaf in Kenya




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DMI’s work in Kenya commenced in 1988 when contacts were made among deaf people in Nairobi and South Nyanza province. Today we are serving in some 43 different ministry areas throughout Kenya ministering the word of God in Schools for the deaf and through Churches commenced by Deaf Ministries International. As well as the church ministry, a school, Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf, is operating near Oyugis in western Kenya.

Graduation Day at Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf

Neville and travelling companion, Gunnar Dehli from Norway, had a flying visit to Kenya for graduation day at Emmanuel Christian School for the Deaf. The students and teachers had a fun filled day of festivities, presentations and a banquet. The students did an amazing job presenting dramas and dances. The graduands received gifts and Neville congratulated them for their outstanding efforts.

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Boys dancing a traditional lou song which entertained guests during parents day

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Graduands received gifts for a job well done

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Neville congratulating graduands

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Gift of bananas for Neville

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The gift of a goat gave a lot of joy to Robert Migiro

The school presented each of the teachers with a goat as a sign of their appreciation for their hard work. They were received with much joy!

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Neville and Gunnar presenting goats to the teachers

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This is Everline Atieno. Shortly after it had become apparent that Everline was a high achiever and top of her class, she was sadly diagnosed with Sickle-cell anaemia. The audience were reduced to tears when she spoke on Graduation day. We ask for your prayers as she battles such a nasty diease.

The students, parents and teachers all took part in a Christmas banquet. The school has been aiming to become self-sufficient for the last term. The students all help with the running of the farm as part of their education. The produce includes avocados, sweet potatoes, cabbages, bananas, maize, milk from their cow, eggs from hens and water from their water tank. The hens are laying approximately 130 eggs per day. This was a Deaf Action micro marketing enterprise project. From the profits the school is now able to extend the hen house and are looking to quadruple the number of laying hens.

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Sharon Munee enjoying her Christmas party lunch

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Christmas party

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Extension to hen house

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Vincent Ochieng tending the hens

Rev. Josephat Mulongo

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Josephat and Family

Rev. Josephat Mulongo is the coordinator and leader of DMI’s churches in the Country. He is married to Patricia and they have two children. Both Josephat and Patricia are deaf. Josephat is a graduate of Pwani Bible Institute in Mombasa. As well as coordinating the work he serves as the pastor of Nairobi’s Immanuel Church for the Deaf.

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Assistant Pastor Geoffrey and Family

Josephat is ably assisted by another deaf couple, Geoffrey and Veronica Mbugua, who work alongside him in the church. DMI office and church are on the 7th floor of Ken Banco house in the heart of Nairobi.

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Congregation at Nairobi Church

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Students at Immanual School

Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf serves deaf children from around the Oyugis area of Western Kenya. Originally known as Kenya Christian School for the Deaf it relocated from Oyugis to the tiny township of Ringa some 12 kilometers from Oyugis towards Kisumu. The school is providing education for some 80 deaf children. Most of the teachers are deaf themselves. The school is lead by Principal Wesley A’gengo (H).

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New Maasai Congregation

3 September 2009

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Recently a new work among Maasai deaf people was started in Kiserian, a town in Masai lands about an hour from Nairobi. One of our deaf evangelists, Charles Mwangi, is actually from the Kikuyu tribe. He has identified with the Maasai, both culturally and in dress, and is now ministering to a congregation of some 40 Maasai deaf people.

Land Purchased in Ringa

3 September 2009

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We have been able to purchase an acre of new land for future school expansion in Ringa, Kenya. Until a building is able to be constructed, the land will be cultivated to help provide for the needs of the school.

The Huntington Beach group, together with staff and kids, pray together for the land and its provision.

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First Christian Church Huntington Beach

3 September 2009

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A group of 10 members from FCCHB, under the leadership of Scott Roderick, recently spent a couple of weeks ministering to the deaf in both Uganda and Kenya. In both countries, they lead seminars in Christian living, practical Christianity. They also assisted the locals with painting, repairing and some construction work. Their love for the deaf was demonstrated in both countries by interacting with children and adults alike. Their generosity was a tremendous blessing and encouragement.

One reason for traveling this time was to help escort a group of volunteers from Huntington Beach Christian Church in California who wanted to visit our work in Kenya and Uganda again. This is the second trip by a group from the church. This church is our largest supporting church and following their first trp to Africa, they increased their support from $US500 a month to $US2000 a month, so I felt the need to be with them! This time the group was much larger consisting of 10 men and women lead by one of the pastors, Scott Roderick. They were a great bunch and were a blessing to all they met. Scott did most of the preaching and teaching, and the others helped with practical matters. This included painting buildings, games with the kids, repairing some consruction and just encouraging our people. They are welcome back anytime.

Some 200 were in the Nairobi Church that Sunday when Scott preached and then lead an afternoon teaching seminar on the Christian Life. The deaf were so hungry for every word that they heard.

Monday we headed West to Ringa. The new site of the school land and a few days with the kids and staff. Playing, painting teaching and planting trees. Then back to Mairobi. A day at the Kiserian Maasai church and then off to Uganda in time for the deication of the building in Kampala.