22nd August 2019
Deb and I have just returned from a fantastic trip to Kenya visiting Edward and Fridah Buria in Meru, a city five hours north of Nairobi and right next to the Equator. It was a privilege to spend time with this amazing couple. We loved learning more about the Kerith movement, which is made up of hundreds of churches across Kenya and in neighbouring nations in East Africa.
Our time was spent visiting a couple of local churches and projects and attending the annual leaders’ conference at Edward and Fridah’s home church in Kambakia, a village on the outskirts of Meru. The conference gathered several hundred (predominantly young) leaders from the Kerith movement, many of whom had travelled long hours by bus to be there. The focus of the conference was mission, and their commitment and passion for the Gospel were impressive. A highlight for us was the worship, which was lively, vibrant and Jesus-focussed.
Towards the end of the week, Edward and Fridah told us the remarkable story of how this family of churches began. As we sat in their living room one evening, we heard how the church had started with a small group meeting in the room in which we were sitting and grew rapidly following a revival in their village. The church that started in a living room now meets in a 1000-seater building down the road; the church birthed in a village revival now reaches thousands across Kenya and beyond!
This visit to Kenya has been yet another reminder of God’s love for people. He is about a great work across the nations, calling many to His name. Let’s keep sharing the Good News of Jesus and praying for God to move in revival again!
There will be no blog next week as I will be enjoying a short holiday, but I’ll be back the week after that.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.