Using football to reach out to the Mariakani street youth
From a Church Leaders seminar in the Kenya coastal town of Mariakani one student kept adding himself to the group. He was an homeless orphan recently converted and offered free education, but looking for some human to depend on. It was Ken Rout he was looking at. Ken offered him friendship and the opportunity to be part of a football outreach in a Nairobi Slum. After 6 months he, Shaban, said he needed to go home because he had been talking to his brother about using football as an outreach to the Mariakani street youth whom they had both hung out with. Already Eddy had a group together, and Shaban felt he needed to be there. The first time Ken was back there 45 youthful footballers came to meet him. Soon they had enough to have a team in a Kenya Football League - and they began a tradition of winning both the competition and the best sportsmen award. Many of them had come to Christ through Bible Stories, prayers and daily Bible readings. Many were attracted to Kensha because of their success. The last count: 250! We have teens in High School and some in primary school. Football boots and gear is always needed. More need getting into school. We have a plot to teach some youth horticulture to provide food for themselves and skills for future employment. You can see that we need sponsors of the KENSHA work and we would be blessed if you would become a team member by sponsoring and prayer. Please help.
Harvest Partnership Trust is a registered charity under NZ law and a member of Missions Interlink New Zealand. We are a service mission focusing on East Africa from the Coast to the Great Lakes. See our mission statement at harvestpartnership.org
Football boots and gear is always needed. More need getting into school.
Oct 2019 Update from Shaban 30 October 2019
WHAT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL
(a) It has been successful for the Kensha team to maintain its position in the league.
(b) It has also been successful for the two of the boys, Dan and Hamisi, to join high school.
(c) It has also been successful for the boys to keep on understanding more about the Lord.
(d) It has also been successful to see the Muslim boys are receiving Christ through the
encouragement and prayers.
WHAT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT
(a) It has been difficult to cater for water bills from the motor bike since bro. Jakob has been
ill. We keep praying for everything.
(b) It has also been difficult to buy seeds and support food when the money comes late as the
motorbike was dormant after Jakob became sick but we hope and believe everything will be
(c) It has been difficult to reach out in the out casts of Mariakani as most people are illiterate.
WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING
(a) I have been visiting Moddy1. I did encourage him with some boys and it was good to see
(b) I have also been visiting Moddy2 family and the baby who is sick at the hospital .
(c) I have been encouraging and share with the streets youth in Mombasa, while Pastor Gift
has been also encouraging the streets boys in the outcast of Mariakani and within Mariakani
while I was in Mombasa.
PLANS FOR THE NEXT MONTH
(a) I will visit the streets youth in Mariakani and Kibao Kiche near Kaloleni.
(b) I will visit Moddy2 family to encouraged them and see how they are fairing on. We are
asking for prayers.
(c) I will visit Coach Meshack at Nairobi after seeing the baby in hospital.