A Towering Tree Fed by Living Waters

A Towering Tree Fed by Living Waters

Millicent Anyango Agutu – February 9, 2018

The faithful ministry of a Kenyan Pastor serves fruit that feeds, heals, and evangelizes an entire community.

“I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last” (John 15:16).

When a tree is firmly planted by a river and fed by its waters, it bears fruit endlessly, becoming a source of nourishment for the hungry and healing for the sick. Pastor Edward Ochieng is that kind of tree in his community. The fruit of his labor in the Soweto Slums of Nairobi, Kenya, has brought nourishing life to one of the most impoverished communities in the world. And now, in partnership with World Poverty Solutions, it is also leading Muslims to healing hope in Jesus.

Through a small Bible school and two ministries he started–New Hope Church and New Hope Education Center–Pastor Edward has spent years in committed service to the people of Soweto. The ministries dedicated efforts to meet people’s spiritual and physical needs have earned the community’s respect over the years.

Pastor Edward’s reputation also opened doors for him to share Christ’s gospel within Soweto’s large Muslim population. After New Hope Church ministered to the physical needs of one Muslim family, all the family members gave their lives to Jesus. Soon, other Muslim families followed them to join the church and live a life based on biblical truth.

Today, Pastor Edward collaborates with 80 other pastors within the Soweto community. They work together to teach their community social accountability, environmental cleanliness, and community outreach. In a recent initiative to teach aspiring leaders about political leadership, young men and women have learned to focus on solving known needs in the community, such as water availability and street lighting. Not only do these active young leaders gain valuable leadership skills and insight into political realities, but they also help to ensure that the voice of the community is heard.

The New Hope ministries have been able to flourish even more thanks to World Poverty Solutions’ training. Pastor Edward and his capable teams are helping people break the cycles of the poverty they were born into, and community members are learning to identify solutions using the God-given resources within their reach.

Pastor Edward would like to join us in thanking you for your continued support. The training, encouragement, and resources provided by WPS local leaders are vital to the growth of God’s kingdom in Soweto. Pray this work will continue to flourish according to God’s plan and purpose, and many more trees like Pastor Edward will grow in communities around the world.

Please prayerfully consider financially supporting others like Pastor Edward. Together, with your support, we can see many more men and women break the cycle of poverty.

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