Together with partner churches, Balm Africa Concern is involved in planting churches in many communities around the country. Crime and desperation grow in places with no spiritual connection. We’ve seen communities thrive when there’s a Church grounded in God’s Word.
Our Church Planter Institute trains local people and equips them with the materials (tools) and training (skills) needed to plant a Church, even in restricted areas where Christian worship is uncommon.
On March 14, 2014, we graduated 21 Church planters in our Bungoma class. At the time of graduation, 20 churches had been planted and 23 cell groups started. We glorify God for the many souls that came to the Lord through this program. We are also grateful for all our partners who stood with us to see completion of this class, may God bless you abundantly.
In partnership with Genesis Aid, we launched Church planting training in Samburu, Kwale County of Coast region, Kenya in May 2014. with a class of 23 Church planters, we covered three modules and we successfully graduated them at the end of year 2014.
Kwale County is located in south coast of Kenya, it borders the Republic of Tanzania to the South West, and the following Counties; Taita Taveta to the West, Kilifi to the North, Mombasa to the North East an d the Indian Ocean to the East.
The County’s capital is Kwale Town which is located 30 km southwest of Mombasa and 15km inland. Based on the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census, the county had a population of 649,931 which accounted for 1.7 per cent of the total Kenyan population. Kwale County is populated mainly by the Digo and Duruma. These people belong to the Mijikenda ethnic group of coastal Kenya. Other tribes found in the district include the Kambas, Arabs and Indians though to a very small proportion compared to the Digos and Durumas. The languages of the Mijikenda are close to the major Bantu language of the East African coast, Swahili.
The Duruma have some influence from their Muslim neighbors the Swahili, but are primarily traditional. Islam is weakening among the Duruma. They are considered to be about 30% Christian. The only Bible portions in their language were published in 1848. New translation work is under way.
The Swahili Bible is commonly used among Duruma Christians. Literacy, however, is only about 50%. Greatest needs are considered to be literacy, training for pastors, Bible teachers (Sunday School) and youth workers. A Duruma Bible is in process. The Duruma are moderately responsive to the gospel.
Islam is more widely accepted among the Digo than among any of the other Mijikenda tribes. Nevertheless, ties with traditional practices (such as animism and ancestor worship) still have more influence on the Digo community than does Islam. (Animism is the belief that non-human objects have spirits. Ancestor worship is the practice of praying to deceased ancestors for help and guidance.) On e example of spiritism is their use of blood sacrifices. Such sacrifices are very significant to the Digo, especially in the exorcism of evil spirits. Witchdoctors are also consulted regularly. There are currently no Christian broadcasts in their area, and only portions of the Bible have been translated into their native language of Chidigo