If we are to heed the call of Isaiah 61:4, we must invest spiritually in the lives of students and proclaim Jesus unapologetically. Without coercion or force, we share the truth with them, and create a safe environment for them to develop in their faith.
We believe that the greatest work we will ever do is point people to Jesus Christ and invite them into a relationship with Him.
We believe the greatest work we will ever do is point people to Jesus Christ and invite them into a relationship with Him. We also believe in discipleship: the training up of those who follow Christ. We cannot save people; that is the job of the Holy Spirit. Our work is to share the gospel with students, pray for them, discuss spiritual issues, and be available for questions.
While it is our desire that every student and family would follow Jesus, we do not use sponsorship or development as a tool of manipulation. We have students from Christian and Muslim homes as well as homes where witchcraft is practiced. We encourage them all to attend Bible Study, discuss their beliefs with us, and with each student, no matter the background, we lovingly, consistently, and prayerfully point people to Jesus Christ, and allow the Holy Spirit to work.
How We Disciple
We hold a service at our Ndoto office on Sunday mornings where we sing, pray, and study a book of the Bible verse by verse. For most of the people who attend, this is the first time in their lives they are studying the Word of God for themselves as opposed to believing what others told them the Bible said.
In Bible study, we engage in discussion about the history and theology of the text, answer questions about who Jesus is, who we are in Him, and talk about how to apply the lessons we’ve learned into our daily lives. It is one of the most beautiful times in our week and is full of abundant participation from students.
We average between 25-40 children in the Sunday school hour, and between 35-75 (and growing) for the older student/adult Bible study. There is an incredible response to the committed weekly study of Scripture. We have so many people attending Bible studies during our school breaks, that some must sit in connected rooms or outside the door. Family members, friends and people from the community have started to come as well, increasing our numbers of those hearing the Word of God.
Our staff members meet with students in both small groups and one on one to help them to grow in their knowledge of God and faith in Jesus Christ. They take groups of students on outings in the city to help them bond with other Ndoto students, and talk about life and spiritual things, as well as serve with them in the community.
One of our staff members received training in a local counseling/ministry technique that was designed for street children and those who have been traumatized. All the necessary materials needed for counseling are in a green bag and walk the student through the gospel as they receive the counseling they need. Michael, Ndoto’s Pastor, has also received counseling training in his university studies. When counseling needs move beyond what our staff is equipped to handle, we partner with a professional counselor to whom we refer our students.
Every year, we have a designated event where Ndoto students gather together and give back to the community. We clean, paint, landscape, build, create and more both at the Ndoto office and those in the community who need assistance.
We split students up into groups and send them out, making sure everyone has a job. This could be anything from hauling water for a widow, cutting grass in the Ndoto yard, or picking up trash in the community. It is our desire that the students make this kind of service and care for others a lifestyle and core value for their future.
Ndoto students are engaging in weekly Bible studies and growing in their knowledge of God while learning to interact and talk about spiritual things with their peers.
Students receive counseling to help them process through traumatic experiences and struggles that have occurred in their lives in Kenya.
Ndoto students also have the opportunity to give back and serve their community. From hauling water to cutting grass, Ndoto students are learning how to serve.
“The spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…”