Gerald and Louise are passionate about young people knowing Jesus and living lives committed to him.
Gerald and Louise both work with iServe Africa. Gerald leads a discipleship programme for school-leavers called TransformD. The Kenyan education system has a natural gap from January to August so it is a strategic time to offer a discipleship programme.
The main focus of TransformD is to deepen young people's faith and knowledge of the Bible. Alongside this, they teach life-skills, farming, teamwork and the theology of work. One month of the programme involves a mission trip within Kenya that serves as valuable cross-cultural mission training. The young people leave TransformD better prepared for their next stage of education or employment, stronger in their Christian faith and with some good Christian friendships formed during their time there.
Gerald and Louise have three boys: Jeremiah, Daniel and James.
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A lot has changed since our last prayer letter. TransformD was suspended in the middle of March and everything here was abruptly stopped. All young people travelled home to their various parts of the country and the British contingent also left without knowing if TransformD would resume without them.
Thankfully, coronavirus has spread slowly. Life was immediately different as soon as a handful of cases were confirmed – schools, colleges and churches closed, people were advised to work from home and handwashing stations popped up everywhere. After more than three months the reported number of deaths is still under 200 which is such wonderful news. We have heard reports of testing being charged expensively (£50-80), with some results being given after very long delays -so many people would likely choose not to be tested even if they suspected they had the virus. However, we know that significant numbers of people being seriously ill and dying from the virus would be impossible to hide and we are relieved that, so far, Kenya hasn’t been too badly affected.
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