Since 2007, Cornerstone has worked among 9 different people groups of Northern Kenya, who had little to no access to learn about Jesus. God is at work in Northern Kenya and more people are learning about Jesus and deciding to follow Him. Churches are starting, growing and reaching out to their communities.
Our Investment in Kenya
Cornerstone has invested in different areas of Northern Kenya by:
- Praying faithfully
- Supporting missionaries in the region
- Having direct partnerships with local churches and schools
- Partnering with World Relief for community transformation and development, specifically in Turkana
- Funding Bible translation
- Inspiring and funding numerous clean water initiatives
- Providing Gospel-sharing tools like solar-powered audio Bibles, Jesus Films and audio Bibles via Micro-SD Cards
- Church planting
- Visiting with partners in their villages
- Leading teaching conferences
- Providing veterinary clinics, health clinics and eyecare clinics
Clean Water+The Gospel+Farming = Helping People Know Jesus
Bringing clean water and the Gospel of Jesus to people who need both is behind Cornerstone's partnership with World Relief and Genesis Waters!
In this video, you'll hear from Elias Kamau, Kenya Country Director for World Relief. We've visited, prayerfully supported, and financially supported the ministry and development work in this village of Kangputhia. Cornerstone has also financially contributed to the clean water solution of a well/borehole, through our partnership with Genesis Waters, that’s been installed there.
Our partnership has also led to farming opportunities, which means food for the community and discipleship. The community learns how to farm through a Bible-based model through the local church.
Your giving is what makes Cornerstone's involvement possible. We praise God for the work He’s doing through our partnerships in Northern Kenya!
The Good News is Spreading!
This is another awesome story of how your prayers and financial gifts are making Jesus known!
Cornerstone has invested prayerfully and financially in literacy programs in Kenya, as well as in the translation of the Rendille Language New Testament.
Two years ago, Bukeyo Garawahle enrolled for the Tirrim Literacy Program with the intention of learning how to read and write in the Rendille language.
“I was excited to learn how to write numbers and also write my name in my language. At the time of my enrollment, the Rendille New Testament had just been dedicated but I could not read it. As the classes progressed, my desire to learn how to read grew the more as I really longed to read this Holy Book in my own language and to know Jesus more personally."
As two years elapsed on 18th of August 2020 since the dedication of the Rendille New Testament, Bukeyo graduated from her class. She was gifted a copy of the Rendille New Testament as a reward for completing her classes successfully.
“I cannot imagine that I can now read God’s word in my own language. This is a precious Book for me. Jesus is everything to me. I am eager to share my new faith in the village.”
Be a Part of the Kenya Team by Praying
A team from Cornerstone Church is going to Northern Kenya September 23 through October 7. Join us in being a part of the “sending team” and praying for the “traveling team” each day. You can find a prayer calendar with details on what to pray for each day by clicking the button below or grabbing a copy at the Guest Services desk.
Mark your calendar for the Kenya Story Share on Sunday, October 15 at 12:30pm at the 84th St. Campus. You’ll hear from the team members who went on this trip, meet special guest Oliver Otsimi, World Relief Kenya Director, and learn about our collaborative work with Genesis Waters.
Kenya Story Share
Mark your calendar for a Kenya Story Share on Sunday, October 15 at 12:30 at the 84th St. Campus to hear about the trip and learn more about our collaborative work with Genesis Waters. We plan to have a guest speaker from the area. This group from Cornerstone will go to learn, fellowship and encourage our partners. Cornerstone's been sending teams to Northern Kenya since 2007, although we have not been since 2019.
This year we will visit with missionaries Edgy and Solange Silva among the Gabbra People, visit Pastor David Gargule among the Rendille People around Korr, and then into the Turkana area of Northwestern Kenya, to see and contribute to the work of our partners World Relief. We will learn, encourage, fellowship and assist in anyway we are asked to by our partners.
In each of these areas we have collaborated with our partner, Genesis Waters, to get clean water and the Gospel to people that don't have access to either, so we will see the impact of that work as well as learn of new opportunities.
The Silvas are missionaries with Africa Inland Mission, and since they started in the Hurri Hills. Along with support from others, including Cornerstone Church, they have planted three churches where none previously exisited,. They also lead other minisries like the Hafura Project that teaches women a skill like sewing, all while sharing Bible stories and discipling.
Pastor David Gargule serves the Africa Inland Church of Korr and has led pastor trainings for many around East Africa. He teaches pastors how to reach nomadic people through audio Bible listening groups. He is also very involved with Tirrim Schools (Primary and Secondary), the only Christian Schools in the area. And he has helped launch literacy classes in Rendille and Swahili for adults that continue to multiply. Cornerstone has funded literacy materials.
World Relief empowers the local church to serve the most vulnerable. Cornerstone Church has partnered with World Relief in Turkana since 2015, contributing to the work of local community development and transformation, in the name of Jesus Christ. In addition to this, along with the sending team, Cornerstone Church has also invested in this region by providing resources for clean water, providing audio Bibles and Jesus Film Projectors and movies.
More Information / FAQ
Praying for the communities and missionaries in Northern Kenya is the most powerful thing you can do. You can also pray for teams that travel to Northern Kenya. Give financially to Cornerstone Church for Kenya. Apply to be on a GO Team that will travel to the area.
World Relief empowers the local church to reach the most vulnerable. Cornerstone has been in partnership with World Relief since 2015 working with the Turkana people to help in lasting change. Cornerstone partners with the holistic community development work in Turkana North through clean water initiatives, child and maternal health, livestock breeding, savings for life training, community garden training and providing gospel sharing tools.
Cornerstone prayerfully and financially supports missionaries working in Northern Kenya, through Africa Inland Mission or Africa Inland Church. Eddie and Rachel Andersen serve in Dukana. Edgy and Solange Silva, are from Brazil and serve in the Hurri Hills. David Gargule serves as an outreach pastor in Korr the village where he was born and raised.
If you sense God leading you to travel to Northern Kenya, the first step is to fill out an online application which includes an application fee that is used toward the trip. The second step is a conversation with the team leader, who determines which individuals will travel. Once the GO Team participants are determined, preparation meetings begin.
- Commit to participate in pre and post-trip meetings. Cornerstone sees participation on a GO Team to be part of one’s discipleship journey. The preparation and follow up after the travel are integral parts of one’s discipleship. The trip itself is a fraction of the experience.
- Regular attendance in worship and serving with Cornerstone Church
- Praying faithfully for the team, and the area where the team will go
- Funding the trip costs by inviting others to give toward the trip
- Sharing your experience with others after you return