On November 19, 2011, thousands of people were left homeless after the Kenyan government demolished Mitumba Slum, a little-known settlement in Nairobi.
Tucked between a middle-class housing estate and a regional airport, Mitumba had been the mission field of Pastor Shadrack Ogembo, who, with his wife Violet, had worked in the slum since 2005.
The Ogembos began the Rural Evangelistic Mission (REM) Community Outreach Centre with a small early childhood education and feeding program. Until the demolition they had run a primary school (grades 1 through 8) with over 400 students. They also ran a church. Both of these AIM-supported ministries were torn down with the rest of the Mitumba settlement. Also destroyed was REM's children's home, which cared for 35 orphans. These kids lived with a loving couple who were themselves discipled through REM’s ministry.
Despite the loss of their outreach centre, God has continued to bless the work of REM. Operating in tents on rented property, the REM School continues to teach 250 children who happily file in from surrounding slums. Forty orphans live in a rented apartment where they are joined by others from their church family for Sunday worship. And through the school, camp and weekly Bible program, people continue to come to Christ as they are touched by the love of God.
AIM will continue to work with Pastor Shadrack to determine how best to meet the ongoing spiritual and physical needs of the Mitumba community in an effective and sustainable way.
Click here to view a thank-you message from Pastor Shadrack.
To contribute by mail, make cheques payable to Africa Inland Mission with a separate note indicating "REM Community Outreach Centre" and mail to:
Africa Inland Mission
1641 Victoria Park Ave.
Scarborough, ON M1R1P8