Steps of Faith: From Nairobi to London
When Grace Church and Nairobi Chapel decided to plant churches together in 2015, we knew the teams would include members of both churches. The Fishers and Laurents, from Grace Church, are now in London, and it is time for you to meet the three team members from Nairobi Chapel! Please include them in your prayers for our London church plant.
Brenda Amondi Ouma
I first joined Nairobi Chapel in 2014 for Kinara Internship after finishing my degree at the University of Nairobi. I liked how Kinara not only stretched me but brought many opportunities for learning and offering my giftings.
In Kinara, I first served in Nairobi Chapel-Ngong Road in Teen’s Ministry, developing young leaders and discipling teenaged girls. Later I was sent to Nairobi Chapel Utawala, where I served as the Teens/Youth pastor for three months creating structures for the youth ministry and teaching teens on Sundays. This year, I helped plant Nairobi Chapel South in Children's ministry.
Now, in London at St. Luke’s Church, I help our Young Families and Children Worker with conceptualizing and teaching Sunday lessons and mid-week playgroup for kids and mums/nannies. I am also involved in developing our evening Sunday services that happen on the last Sunday of every month.
I had prayed about London and told God I will say “yes,” on the condition that He will lead me through each and every step. I am happy to say that He has and, despite the challenges that have come up, His word of being with us hasn't changed.
• I am the middle child of three (younger sister, older brother).
• I am passionate about art and creating. I love crafts and mosaics, sketching, knitting, crocheting and making clothes.
• My giftings are in teaching, creativity and discipleship.
I have a background in business management and finance. After working in corporate for 2 years, God 'tricked' me into fulltime ministry. I wanted something more relational and fun so I took up drama directing and acting. While on mission directing a play I interacted with interns from Nairobi Chapel. We became friends and they kept asking me to join Nairobi Chapel’s internship, Kinara.
In May 2014, I joined Kinara working with Service Team and Young Adults. A year later I got a call up to join the team to plant a church in London. During the waiting period I worked as the Youth Coordinator for Nairobi Chapel Langata and later as Administrative and Small Groups Pastor at a newer church plant – Nairobi Chapel South.
Currently, I am the Youth and Community worker at St. Luke’s Church in London. My job involves going into high schools and universities for community, evangelism and discipleship.
• Last born in a family of 5.
• Life calling verse: Jeremiah 1:5.
• I enjoy performing arts (poetry, drama, rap), soccer, hiking, speaking and writing.
• I love bright colored socks.
• I am passionate about people and relationships, theology and discipleship.
Joshua Akalla Lumwagi
I joined Nairobi Chapel through Kinara. I served in Worship and Services Department and as a Pastoral Trainee where I got to engage in Church Planting. I served at Nairobi Chapel Langata leading worship and moved on to launch Nairobi Chapel South. This has been an amazing journey of growth in various aspects of my life.
God has guided my steps, my convictions and my decision to be part of what He’s doing in building His Kingdom, saying “yes” to the call to be among the amazing Grace/Chapel London team to fulfill His will in London. I consider this a privilege to experience God’s provision and miracles throughout this journey. Glory to His Name.
God has blessed us with an amazing partnership at St. Luke’s Church, here in London, and it’s amazing what God is doing. I serve as a Worship and Community Missionary, coordinating the worship team at St. Luke’s. We have received a lot of love and warm welcome from the community here, which has really helped in our settling in and developing new relationships in a multicultural setting. I am really looking forward to see God’s will unfold, and I am open and available to be used by Him.
• I’m the 10th born in a family of 15 children.
• I enjoy listening to Gospel music, reading, and experiencing and learning different cultures.
• One of my favorite things to do in London is explore places I’ve never been to with new people.
• I’ve never ridden a rollercoaster, but hope to one day.
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