By Connie Erpelding
Over the past nine years, we've had the privilege of being drawn into a relationship with the people of Kwambekenya. With the guidance of our partner, 410 Bridge, this community has taken significant steps toward sustainability in the areas of spiritual development, clean water, education, health and economic development. Prairie Lakes Church was pulled into the community's progress through the establishment of treasured friendships brought about during yearly trips, assisting in leadership and spiritual development, helping build a medical clinic and sharing medical care on strategic trips, the completion of a clean water project, coming alongside educators in the schools, sponsoring children and faithful pray-ers and givers joining in God's plan for Kwambekenya.
This journey began in 1995 when the original residents of Kwambekenya were displaced from their forest homes by the Kenyan government because officials wanted to harvest the trees in their community. This displaced people group was allowed to purchase small plots of land near their original home. During this time of relocation, we were partnered with the community by 410 Bridge.
We recently were invited to celebrate Kwambekenya’s transition to sustainability and the official graduation from the 410 Bridge/PLC partnership. Kwambekenyans came together, caught a vision of how they could make their community better and committed to the journey.
PLC celebrates this global impact story of lives changed for the Kingdom!
Saying "good-bye" to Kwambekenya allowed us to say "hello" to our new friends in the nearby community of Kaihuria. Our team met with the Leadership Council and began the process of learning about their vision. PLC looks forward to using what we learned on our journey with Kwambekenya and anticipates all God will do as the people of Kaihuria take steps to sustainability in Kenya.