William and Grace Eyika are visiting with Faith Church and the community. They are both pastors who founded and minister at Dagoretti Corner Self-Help Group, which includes a church and schools. I had the privilege to hear William speak this morning. William will be teaching another class at 9am next morning and preaching at 10:15am.
While he said a lot in just an hour, here is an overview (my paraphrase):
- It is not material, but spiritual poverty which is the problem. No matter if someone has everything in the world, if they are spiritually poor, they will make unhealthy decisions that harm themselves and others.
- The way to uplift a community, to get it out of a cycle of crime and material poverty, is to address the spiritual poverty and lack of knowledge of children and youth. While adults are also God’s creatures, when limited resources are a major factor, the greater impact is working with children who are in great need of love and are open to patient and effective guidance.
- It is through prayer and fasting that we are able to open ourselves to God and make a real difference in the world.
For more information, check out their website and God is My Employer: How Idi Amin’s air traffic controller became a servant of the poor in Nairobi’s slums, by William Eyika (I currently don’t know where to get the book, other than directly from him…will update if I can learn more!).