Church projects and community service
In addition to church ministry and evangelism JWC also engages in a number of projects and community service, some as a pastoral calling and others for small-scale income.
- The church runs a primary school, the Glorious School, in supplementing the government’s efforts in providing both pre-school and primary education to a total of 561 pupils (Males=281, Females=288) with the help of approximately 21 teachers (Males=8, Females=13). Some of the needy students are provided with sponsorships to complete their education at Glorious School. Needy alumni are sponsored to join secondary schools, while those who have cleared secondary are sponsored to join universities. About 20 Form 4 and colleges graduates were sponsored, 2 of whom are now in Kenyatta and Strathmore Universities
- The church has also run health and medical intervention projects to alleviate suffering among the faithful, particularly those who lack means of achieving wellbeing as a result of poverty. The church has supported treat ment of various conditions locally, with 1 notable case currently at Kenyatta National Hospital while 3 were flown to India and underwent successful surgeries, one still undergoing treatment in India. The most outstanding case was, that of a 14 year-old Christine Mwende in June 2018, who had been suffering from gigantomastia (abnormal breast enlargement) all her life. Her breasts were weighing 8kg each and was indoors all through, without being able to attend school. She was successfully operated on in KNH and is currently recuperating at home awaiting to resume school.
- The church Hospitality, Ladies and Youth ministries also run a number of community outreach programs, mainly annual Children’s homes visits and support for the needy and the sick. Through the hospitality ministry, destitute and needy individuals or families from the community are then supported with clothes and food as part of temporary solutions, as they also receive guidance on ways to seek more sustainable and permanent solutions to their socio-economic challenges.
- The Pastoral team, supported by a trained psychological counsellor who is also a church leader, offers free professional Christian counseling services to faithful and community. The current church caretaker, Mr. James Kwanzu, who was an armed gangster, a changaa brewer and drug peddler, has his story reflecting the fate of many young slum dwellers whom JWC reached, converted and completely changed their lives.
- The church leadership has encouraged leadership development among its congregation and catchment community, by fostering participation in leadership forums through the local administration offices. This has also been buttressed by the monthly Youth Empowerment program on one Sunday afternoon monthly on different topical issues.
- The Eastleigh JWC has opened and supported 2 branch churches in Muranga and helped them buy land, build churches and buy a public address system. A beautiful story comes from the depths of Maasailand, IL-Bisil, Kajiado County, 150 km from Nairobi, where a converted Maasai couple, through JWC in Nairobi from 1998, started a small church in their rural home, manifesting the impact of JWC’s discipleship programs.
- The church runs small-scale income generation activities (IGAs), whose proceeds mainly go into running costs and don’t substantially grow the residual income base. The most recent one which is a major focus for the future of JWC, is a small studio within the church that currently records songs from the congregation, with plans to start offering professional recording services to the general public. Plans are also in the pipeline to start a vocational training centre, the new school storey building and sanctuary are complete.