Two of the ministries of Lighthouse are the Bible Institute and the Fellowship of Churches. Jesus commanded us to “go and make disciples” and through short-term mission trips, we can pour into our discipleship program through conferences held throughout the year, and helping to build churches that also serve as community centers for our church body.
As we strive to partner with our local churches, short-term trips offer the benefit of focused training and relationship-building. We believe the friendships formed between our volunteers and church members helps the donors understand the Kenyan people and their challenges better. Conversely, our Kenyan churches understand the heart behind our donors, through their willingness to teach and help build alongside the local church leadership and members. We believe in working together and serving together and building long-lasting relationships.
Build a Church
Lighthouse has about 15 starting churches in need of a shelter that is sturdier than the mud hut or tree where they are currently worshiping, A building team of 3-5 members can come for a week to ten days, spending 3-4 days at a build site, and the rest of the time getting to know the ministry of Lighthouse and the area of Mombasa. The team would provide the funds for the church shelter, which is about $4,500. It’s a very exciting time to be able to help the church body build their shelter for the community and then worship together with them on Sunday!
Hold a Conference
The Lighthouse for Christ now has over 70 established churches and preaching points. Pastor conferences, Bible conferences, Pastor’s Wives Conferences, meeting with and mentoring young pastors, are trainings that are always needed.
Conferences typically run 3 days and smaller pastoral trainings for a week.
One of the areas where we want to pour in training is our youth. Every year, our youth leaders host a youth camp for around 300 kids from Lighthouse churches. Through training, we can reinforce Scriptural wisdom, teach new games, and deepen the bond between the leaders in our youth program and our supporting churches.