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The church in Matete was forced to move out of their rented building in 2011 by their landlord. With the help of Summit Christian Fellowship, they were able to purchase a piece of land, but they had no resources with which to build. For a couple of months they worshiped under a tarp held up with poles. But with the creation of the Brad Pederson Memorial Building Fund they were able to finally put up a real building with walls and a roof. We celebrated with them in February 2012 as they worshiped in their new church. Your gift to this fund will make it possible for many other churches to build much needed facilities.
Update on Matete:
In 2017, in response to the growth of this little congregation, the church began expansion plans that were brought to completion just before Easter in 2018. Their new building is about twice the size of the original and is now a permanent rather than temporary structure.
In the town of Amagoro, near the eastern border of Uganda, Pastor Leonard Ekea's church was evicted from their rented facility and had to find another place to gather for worship. The congregation was able to purchase a small piece of land, but they had no funds for building. For over a year they worshiped under these trees.
In 2013, with help from the Brad Pederson Memorial Building Fund, the church in Amagoro was able to finish construction on a new building.
In the south of Kenya, near a town called Kilgoris, a church pastored by Joseph Lemeta, in Olocentu, had been meeting under a tree for over 2 years.
With the help of the Brad Pederson Memorial Building Fund the church was able to finish a new building on their own land in 2013.
Pastor Joseph Lemeta and Michael Sandberg at the new building
Not too far from Olocentu, near a village called Ololui, was another church that had also been meeting under a tree for about three years under the leadership of Pastor Reuban Twala.
In 2012 they had purchased a piece of land adjacent to this property and began building their own structure.
In the spring of 2013 with help from the Brad Pederson Memorial Building Fund they were able to roof and enclose this structure.
On Mt Elgon in western Kenya, there is a little village called Kopsiro. Kopsiro was at the center of very violent clashes between the government and rebel forces in 2006 and 2007. Caught in the middle was a small church on a ridgetop not far from the village pastored by James Omandi. During the skirmishes, the church was burned to the ground and since that time the congregation has met in a very makeshift structure.
In 2012 with help from the Brad Pederson Memorial Building Fund, the congregation was able to build a brand new building on the site.
Nataaba is a small community in the northwest corner of Kenya in the Turkana region. In 2014 we visited the church there and they showed us the land which they had purchased to construct a building in which to worship. Using the funds provided by the Brad Pederson Memorial Building Fund, we purchased building supplies so they could begin construction. In February of 2015 they had finished the 1st phase of construction and we were able to enjoy it with them.
We had brought money from the fund to help them with the next phase of construction, and in three days while we were there they finished the project.
And the finished product!
Khayo is a small church in rural western Kenya named for the Khayo people of that area. The congregation had been meeting in a dilapidated building that was missing most of a roof and had unfinished walls.
The pastor, Fred Anyule, asked if we could help so that he didn't have to preach standing in water anymore, and so with the help of the Brad Pederson Fund we were able to provide a rainfree environment for the church.
The town of Magena is about 10 km west of Kilgoris in the Trans Mara region of Kenya. Two years ago a church was planted by Pastor Silas Makhenna here and they met in a school room on the edge of town. In January of 2016, we met with the leaders of the church on a site that was donated by one of the members and money from the Brad Pederson fund was given to the church to build a structure. In one week they cleared the site and built the church.
Olochani is a small community outside of Kilgoris in the Trans-mara region of Kenya. The church was given land on which to build and they completed the structure in 2015 with the help of the Brad Pederson Memorial Building Fund.
In 2016, API joined with them in finishing a concrete floor for the building.
This small congregation was very grateful to all those who helped make their dream a reality.
Majengo town is in the southwest of Kenya just outside of the larger town of Kakamega. Pastor Reuben Lavanga planted this church about three years ago and last year purchased some property. With the help of the Brad Pederson fund, they were able to construct their first building in 2015.
Nakepokan is a small, remote community in the Turkana region of northwest Kenya that has been meeting under this tree for twelve years. Their dream has been to have their own building, and in August of 2016, API brought materials and workers out to the site they had prepared to do just that.
Although we had to leave before the building was finished, Pastor Thomas (pictured here with Michael Sandberg) called to let me know the work was completed the day after we left. Pastor Thomas and his congregation were not only excited to have their own building in which to worship, but they have plans to use it as a primary school during the week. This was very important to them as most of their children have not able to go to school because the only one in the area is too far away. They expressed their heartfelt thanks to API and to all those who have contributed to the Brad Pederson Memorial Building Fund to make this happen.
This past April of 2017, we travelled to the viliage of Logurum in Turkana, bringing building supplies to put up a church building for a congregation in the villiage. This church had been moving from rented space to rented space since it was planted over a year ago. This year, one of the members donated land for a structure to be put up. From start to finish the building went up in seven days and now the church has its own building on its own property just outside of the villiage.
Thanks to you all who contribute to the Brad Pederson Memorial Building Fund for these projects.
In August of 2017, we visited a church in a place called Nareng'lup that had been meeting for 12 years under this tree.
With the help of the Brad Pederson Memorial Building Fund, we were able to help them put up this building for their church.
In the spring of 2018, we traveled about 3 hours south of Lodwar to a place called Huruma, just outside the village of Lokori in Turkana. The church in Huruma had been meeting under this tree for several years and asked us to partner with them to build a structure.
The church had purchased property a few hundred yards away and with the help of the Brad Pederson Memorial Building Fund, they were able to build this building that now also houses a primary school.
In the desert that is Turkana, in 2014 we met a thriving church meeting under a tree in a place called Nakingol. It was planted two years prior by a good friend of ours, Pastor George Lokwawi. We hope to raise $2500 to help this congregation build a church by August of 2016 on land that has just been donated to them.