Members of the Light of the World Christian Tabernacle will be embarking on a trip to Kenya next month. These members are on a mission to spread the word about God’s love.
“The churches we are visiting were visited a year ago, my church helped in that establishment,” said Rockdale resident and Heritage mom Nekita Jacobs, a member of Light of the World. “Many new members have joined, and the churches have really grown.”
According to Bishop Jean Wilson, one of the purposes of the trip is to consecrate two pastors to bishops as well as to ordain many pastors, deacons and evangelists.
In addition to ordaining new pastors, the church members will also be visiting orphanages, assisting in obtaining educational materials for new churches, and distributing bibles and clothing.
Bishop Wilson serves as the volunteer coordinator at the Light of the World. She has participated in many mission trips around the world in Uganda, the Grand Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. This will be her second trip to Kenya.
“Kenya is where we have the most connections with pastors and churches,” Wilson said. “We’re going to have less time than on my previous trip, so we’re going to be busy, but it is going to be wonderful.”
There will be four to five members of the Light of the World making the day long flight to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital as well as its largest city.
From Nairobi they will travel nearly two-hundred miles to the smaller town of Kisii on Kenya’s southwestern coast.
In Kisii they will visit with a local orphanage as well as a museum showcasing local artists in order to determine how they can help.
The group will travel back from Kisii to Nairobi to meet with locals involved in building churches, houses, and orphanages.
The Light of the World Christian Tabernacle is located in Stockbridge. It is a part of an international ministry that houses churches in more than 13 countries around the world. The church participates in mission trips around the United States and the world every year.
Nekita Jacobs will be traveling with the Light of the World on her first mission trip.
“Since I was 18 I have always wanted to go to Africa in order to make a difference,” Jacobs said.
In addition to the work that has already been scheduled for the group, Jacobs wants to look into ways to help dig wells to ensure clean drinking water for families in need.
Jacobs has also been very involved in collecting donations for the trip. She has set up a website for anyone interested in helping, www.youcaring.com/hecares. Donations can be monetary or in the form of bibles or clothing.
“I want to give those who can’t go but want to help the opportunity to do something,” Jacobs said.
According to Jacobs, all monetary donations will be used to directly fund the purchase of food and clothing.
It is very important to Jacobs that everyone who provides a donation receives credit for the gesture. A name will be attached to every contribution, and when she travels to Kenya the list of contributors will be traveling with her.
“When we arrive in Kenya with our donations,” Jacobs said, “they will know that here in Rockdale, people care.”