Nairobi News Church and Christian College in Nairobi, Kenya Keeping the Faith Ministry in Kenya [email protected] Phone: 011-254-733-912851 Issue: November, 2013 “Mr. Hackett brought out the best in all of us. He believed in us when we didn’t believe in ourselves.” KCITI student from the slums of Nairobi Kenya Christian Industrial Training Institute “Quality Technical Education at Affordable Fees” This month our newsletter features KCITI, the Christian vocational – technical college in Nairobi, Kenya. KCITI is a generous benefactor and good neighbor to the church in Kenya. Four congregations worshipping in different languages; as well as the Somali outreach, youth outreach, Bible correspondence course office, and the IPCM preachers training school all share the KCITI compound and facilities. As an educational and benevolent mission sponsored by Christians, KCITI was responsible for transforming the critical masses of Kenya by introducing computer, electronics, and related studies to the country’s intelligent, but disadvantaged youth. Over the years, as with many non-profit, faith-based institutions in Africa, it became apparent that tuition alone could not sustain KCITI’s development. An easy solution, one sought by many Christian colleges and universities, even in the USA, was to appeal to Caesar, to ask the government to take a financial role. But to go to “Egypt” for help was not the KCITI way. For God’s people there is always too high a price to pay in compromised ideals and purposes. Shortly before his death, literally days, Berkeley was working on the idea of a foundation or more informally a “Friends of KCITI”. This was to be a “think tank”, as much as anything else, a voluntary organization of Christians, who had hearts to serve humanity, especially young people, and to uplift them both spiritually and educationally. Coming from chapel services. KCITI welcomes students from every race, tribe and creed. Bible classes and daily chapel are a part of the curriculum along with a variety of technical courses. Certificates and diplomas are awarded, not degrees. Berkeley’s legacy continues at KCITI. He believed that education, on its own, did not profit a person in the light of eternity, but must be accompanied by a knowledge and respect for “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” KCITI at last month’s education fair Top Left & Below – All across Africa, old things from umbrellas to cars are mended, reworked, and kept in use. At KCITI, every automotive engineering class tears down and puts together a car chassis and live engine. The department needs more than one live engine, and also, different types of engines. International automobile manufacturers have programs to provide materials and tools to technical schools which specialize in training disadvantaged youth, but we don’t know how to make these contacts. If you do, please be our heroes and speak to these companies and organizations for us! Top Right – Computers and agriculture –This term’s ITC students wrote a program for agribusiness. Kenya is a farming country, every farmer or hard-working farmer’s wife needs to be computer literate to keep up with business. Congratulations KCITI/NCCE Great Thanks to Our Heavenly Father, Healing Hands International and All Our Supporters!! We now have a water well, our own independent source of water! This is a major achievement that we have desired for years. The drillers say it is the best strike they have made on this side of Nairobi. Water struck at 210 meters – 689 feet Hole diameter is 215 mm Expected discharge – 11,000 litres per hour With pump set at 180 meters below the surface WE CAN DREAM - with an adequate water supply we hope to turn the unfinished top floor of the Bible building into on-campus housing for the IPCM students.