What are the major challenges this ministry faces?
1. Water: Water is the single greatest physical need not only among the Maasai community but also in other parts of the country. When there is sufficient clean water for daily bathing, many diseases could be eliminated. One solution to the problem has been to dig out circular reservoirs or dams to catch and hold water during the rainy seasons. Another way of dealing with perennial water shortages is to dig boreholes.
2. The Mobile Medical Clinic: Whenever funds are available, health providers would travel in most parts of the Maasai region and in the urban informal settlements in Nairobi providing treatment. The response from those have been treated is encouraging and they would get back to fending for their families. The challenge is more during the long rains, there is a prevalence of outbreak of typhoid and cholera.
3. The HIV/AIDS scourge: HIV/AIDS is still a challenge in most communities in Kenya. Many youths have remained to be the head of families. KERUDO is involved in prayers, financial support and education in most of these homes.
4. The Deaf Children
We started the only school of its kind in this remote rural area taking late starters 10-15 years. Among the 113 pupils at Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf, KERUDO sponsors only 15 because of inadequate resources. The school has requested us to sponsor another 35 children. The school lack enough infrastructure, i.e. dormitories and classrooms; hence, our humble request for financial support.
5. Discipleship and Lay Leadership Training
In Maasailand, we need to train at least 15 evangelists every year so that they can evangelize among the Maasai community. The church in Kenya is knee-deep in scriptures. We have therefore designed a discipleship training manual which the pastors are using in the training of evangelists and church workers.
6. Evangelism and Church Planting
When KERUDO first stepped in Maasailand in 1996, there was no single church. KERUDO through Hope for Africa Ministries International has planted 10 churches with over 400 believers. Evangelism is the lifeline of the church. Our plan is to plant two new churches annually amongst the unreached people groups.
7. Poverty Alleviation
The Kenyan economy has been growing from bad to worse almost every year. The country has experienced many calamities, e.g. El Nino, then La-Nina, then there are massive job layoffs both in the government sector and among church-based organizations and HIV/AIDS that are rendering families destitute. KERUDO has therefore decided to move decisively and give hope to the people. This we do through training people in job skills, giving them seeds to plant and teaching them that the answer in all these is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ who bore all our problems on His body and who is now interceding for us before God the Father.