Omukhobero August 2014

Background

The Birth of Reformation Bible Church in Kenya is traced to the vision and work of Rev.Tom Omukhobero. Upon his completion of theological studies at the Bible College of East Africa; he embarked on a countrywide mission of reaching the unreached especially in rural areas with the message of redemption through Christ.

Having previously worked in the remote parts of the country, he had acquired sufficient knowledge of the people, their culture, their physical and spiritual needs and was thus prepared to confront their challenges through prayers and preaching.

Reformation Bible Church is the vehicle through which this vision was to be realized. Right from its inception, the focus of this Mission was rural and slum dwellers; a harvest which had been and is still neglected by most local and international preachers.

A majority of the rural and slum dwellers are illiterate, poverty stricken and deep rooted in their traditional beliefs and practices. Most roads are impassable, living conditions pathetic and communication extremely difficult.

Despite this chain of roadblocks, Rev.Tom put on a bold face and engaged the communities through door-to-door visitation, church planting and communal prayers. All along he was inspired by Christ’s Great Commission to go into the world and make disciples of all nations (Mat 28: 19).

He identified able men whom he trained through a program he called, “Kenya Bible Reformation training Colleget” to take up pastoral responsibilities in these local churches. He operates a children’s orphanage, which offers schooling, and feeding services to impoverish neglected and abandoned children.

Born 55 years ago, Tom is married to Nancy and they are blessed with four children; James, Boaz,Priscilla and Diane

Pastoral work

The Kenya Reformation Bible Church Mission principal assignment is “knowing Christ and making Christ known to others” It is quite challenging to seek to attain this noble goal with the prevailing circumstances in the slums and rural areas.

All the same we base our hope and trust on the Lord “for we walk by faith, not by sight” (II Cor 5:7). Initially, advancing the cause of the Gospel in these areas seemed impossible. But God opened opportunities that saw multitudes coming to Christ in faith and repentance.

We began with Mathare slums, Mukuru slums and later penetrated the sprawling slums of Kibera,the second largest slum in Africa. We have planted churches among the nomadic people of the Maasai, now reaching Turkans and many are coming to the knowledge of Christ as Lord and Savior. We extended our rural ministry to the Eastern and Western parts of the country and into the neighboring Uganda.

We now have thirty five local churches within Kenya and Uganda with an ever increasing demand for trained laborers

Children ministry

With the devastating effects of the HIV /Aids scourge, the number of needy children is always on the rise. Illiteracy, miserable economic backgrounds and backward cultures
inhibit the growth of these children into productive adults.

In this regard, we operate an orphanage of 250 children to whom we provide parental care, social security, emotional support, schooling, housing and feeding services.

Though economically and socially deprived, we prayerfully seek to support those children to give them hope and a future through Christian up bringing and support. This is one of the most challenging areas of our ministry due to the high demand for such services.

Healthcare services

Living conditions in these rural and urban slums are deplorable due to poor or no sewerage systems, dirty water, tin – roofed and mud-walled shanties and lack of toilets.

Consequently, the areas experience frequent outbreak of diseases that threaten the livelihood of these dear ones. Many people depend on herbal drugs and traditional healing methods due to their economic status.

Hindrances

1.Pastoral work-Transport and communication is extremely difficult due to poor road system and lack of vehicles. The “ Kenya Pastoral training institute Project” lacks enough staff and learning resources to train the pastors. Construction of Church buildings and use of public address system is a big challenge due to lack of funds.

2.Children Ministry-Teaching tools and staff for the children are lacking and food rations are in acute shortage
Unavailability of financial support for the volunteers to the children and other professionals is a nightmare for us.

3. Healthcare services-Lack of trained medical staff, drugs and healthcare tools and equipment.

4. Putting up home for our orphans in Western Kenya where we have an acre of land at Khwisero town center. We need $200,000 to be able to provide a building home for this children, Bible school and 5 cows for milk etc.

Passionate Appeal

Dear friends in Christ,
As we look forward to the return of His Majesty Jesus Christ, we are confronted with an increased demand for the furtherance of the Gospel.

I personally call upon you to support this Mission to engage fully in this noble calling. I send a passionate appeal to all our friends and covenant partners to help train church leaders, support evangelistic projects and church planting and give a helping hand to the needy children and families.

We need to put up a Christian school as a preaching instrument, we need to expand our children ministry to accommodate more children, we need Bicycles and motorcycles to facilitate transport. We need Christian literature and Bibles

It is our vision to reach the whole of Africa with the message of hope. We earnestly desire to make Christ known to the slums and other neglected rural dwellers of the continent. We are now in Kenya and Uganda. Soon we are heading to Tanzania. We yearn to go beyond. We need your prayers and support. We love you. Come on board. Let’s pull together.
Please if you are able assisting,we shall appreciate.
May the Lord bless you.

Yours in His Harvest.