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Houses of Hope Project in Kisumu

The Kenya Baptist Convention has undertaken a bold initiative of planting 1000 new house churches in the next five years. One of the strategies for doing this involves community service projects in which mission teams help build a house for four needy families in strategic church plant areas. These are usually widows, many of whom are forced to move back to their home place after their husband dies. They are often at the mercy of the community for any housing at all. The house building project brings the community together for service to one of its members and exposes them to the gospel through a house dedication service. Neighbors contribute some materials, time, effort, and food to the cause. Local pastors are active in planning, conducting, and follow-up of the project with the goal of starting a Bible Study in the new homes, and eventually a new church in the area. Teams will also have great opportunity to minister with the many children who gather for the project, as well as one on one opportunity to witness to those who gather. Volunteer teams are also welcomed into the local public schools for presentation and ministry. 

See a three-minute Houses of Hope Video below

Houses Houses Houses

Teams

Teams of 7-8* are needed to go for 11 days. Ideally, some will work on the house while others conduct a variety of ministry with the children and adults in the community. These duties can be rotated if the team desires. The team will be housed and fed at a local guesthouse. There will be a Kenyan foreman and crew who will work with the team on the construction effort. All tools are already on site.

Cost

Exact cost of the project will vary depending on current airfare. Ground cost is approximately $900 per person* and is based on an 11 day trip. This includes food, lodging, in-country transportation, bottled water; entry visa; orientation, volunteer insurance, and one night's stay at game park. Airfare typically runs between $1300 and $1800 depending on time of year, with summer months being the most expensive.

Dates of Service

Dates for team's service are very flexible. Almost any 11-12 day time frame throughout the year can be worked out for teams to serve. Travel begins with a Tuesday departure from NC. Call the NC Baptist Men's office at 1-800-395-5102 x 5607 with dates in mind. We will work with our contacts in Kenya to secure the best date for your team to come.

Typical Team Schedule


Tuesday Depart US
Wednesday Arrive Nairobi PM; stay in Guesthouse in Nairobi
Thursday Travel to Kisumu area near Lake Victoria; Arrive, settle in, and visit worksite
Friday Build first house; minister in community; house dedication
Saturday Build second house; minister in community; house dedication
Sunday Worship at house sites and visit Kisumu area
Monday Build third house; minister in community; house dedication
Tuesday Build fourth house; minister in community; house dedication
Wednesday Travel to Masai Mara Game Park; lunch at lodge; game drive in late afternoon
Thursday Breakfast at lodge; game drive in AM; drive back to Nairobi; cleanup; fly out PM
Friday Arrive back in US

Other Costs

The cost of each house (which includes materials and salary for two local craftsmen) is $400. Cost for four houses will be $1600. For now, NC Baptist Men will contribute the cost for these houses for the first five teams that sign up for the project each year.

Game Park Visit

All Kenya teams will enjoy a one-night stay at Masai Mara game park. Cost for this will be included in your overall price.  If team chooses not to do the game park they can work those days.

* Per person price is based on eight team members.The cost of some mission items are spread out between team members. The mission vans are one example of this. The vans hold eight passengers and a driver. Therefore, a team of eight will maximize team member costs. If a team has seven, the per person cost will rise a bit, more so for six, and so on.
 

Houses of Hope Video:



 

Additional Videos:


     
Shem Okello, General Secretary of the Kenya Baptist Convention, explains the "Houses of Hope" ministry. (You may need to click the "play" button more than once.)   Pastor Peter Ogada leads local children in song, and then presides at a house dedication for Mama Mary. (You may need to click the "play" button more than once.)

NOTE: The projects listed below have been set up for specific teams that are already planning to go. If you would like to put together a team - or if individuals would like to add to a team - please contact Mark Abernathy at 1-800-395-5102 x 5607 or mabernathy@ncbaptist.org.

Key:  Project has been Reserved
 Project NameProject TypeStartEndLocation
     
Filled
KY14-005 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 7/29/20148/8/2014 Kisumu, None
Kenya
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KY14-007 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 8/26/20149/5/2014 Kisumu, None
Kenya
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KY14-008 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 11/4/201411/14/2014 Kisumu, None
Kenya
KY15-002 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 1/20/20151/30/2015 Kisumu, None
Kenya
KY15-003 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 2/3/20152/13/2015 Kisumu, None
Kenya
KY15-004 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 2/17/20152/27/2015 Kisumu, None
Kenya
KY15-007 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 6/16/20156/26/2015 Kisumu, None
Kenya


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