Scottish Presbyterians first came to Kenya more than 100 years ago and since then the church has experienced phenomenal growth. The Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) now includes hospitals, schools and a university as well as hundreds of churches. The rapid growth of the Presbyterian Church in recent years has led to PCEA’s greatest challenge – finding and training leaders to support these new churches. With 500 clergy for 4 million church members, the development of a strong laity has been essential.
The Mathare area on the edge of Nairobi is one of the largest and poorest slums in Africa, and home to around half a million adults and children. This community lacks a basic health and sanitation infrastructure, which increases the risk of developing HIV/AIDS and other diseases like TB as a result of an impaired immune system and infections. In addition, there are many AIDS orphans that need housing, care, and schooling.
Peachtree partners with Mathare North Presbyterian Church, a congregation that intentionally planted itself on the edge of this slum in order to serve the great needs of this impoverished community. Operating out a complex of makeshift buildings, Mathare North is pursuing ways to complete construction of a permanent church building, has launched a micro-lending program for the community and will soon institute programs for educating the children of slum-dwelling members.
• Pray for Marthare North Presbyterian Church as it opens a school to educate the impoverished children in its community.
• Pray for the residents of the Marthare slum to obtain the support, the resources and the skills needed to move from poverty to self-sufficiency.
• Pray for the PCEA in its efforts to train leaders to serve their rapidly expanding churches.