Adventures of Faith: The Birth of Parkside Community Chapel.
The week before 30th March was a busy one. It was full of anticipation
On the 26th February, we had walked in this place with 26 members of Lifespring. We had prayed to God to grant us this place.
Claiming the promises of Abraham, we prayed as we walked around Mlolongo surveying. We split in teams of two and three and just walked praying. Each step we prayed. We prayed that where there is desperation God would plant hope. This place is known for every vice under the face of the earth. It’s a Stop over for Long Distance transit trucks, so you understand the attendant vices that go with long distancing trucking. We were therefore mapping our the place, spiritually.
Spiritual Mapping is a spiritual engagement or surveying the spiritual status of a place so that you know what kind of ministry to engage in. In Genesis, the LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go; walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” Abraham was told to see, walk and claim ownership.
He did, Abraham saw, walked along and across the land and settled in worship. So Abram moved his tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the LORD.” You see God gave a promise and left Abraham to take it himself.
Suppose Abraham was able to walk for longer? Suppose his eyes could see further? God gave Abraham a blank cheque. Hear this, God says, “Abraham, I will make your descendants many, and I dare anyone to count the dust of the earth or the stars of the heavens, for then they would also count your descendants.” Our prayers were in view of the promise to Abraham. We sense God has called us to reach to the Mlololongo populace.
On, the material day of 30th March, 2008, it was not just another day. It was the first day in Parkside Community Chapel.
After all the anxious moments, we were ready to go. We loaded the equipments onto the truck, 20 minutes later we offloaded them and there we were in a hall that we had never been to before. What had been a dream was right before our eyes, Parkside Community Chapel had finally been born. And this not just another statistic in our church planting records, it was a community of faith pushing the devil further away, entering into the enemy’s territory and taking the victory that’s already ours through Christ.
It’s now 6 years later, and every Sunday we have been there. God is indeed faithful.
Home of Mavericks
In Parkside we say it’s the ‘home of mavericks who thrive on Adventure’. The reason is that most of us had never done something like this before. We are just following the leading of the Spirit.
And so Parkside Community Chapel was born on 30th March 2008. An enthusiastic congregation, of about 40, clapped and sang their hearts out. We had finally crossed over to be counted as people who have been in a first service of a church plant. Thanks to God.
Palpable Presence & A Gospels-less World
There was a palpable presence of God reminiscent of Jacob’s encounter in Genesis 28:18-17. Dave Owuor, the service leader and the Team leader for the Church Planting Expedition, felt it and just like Jacob said, “I feel God is in this place, I feel we are connecting with God.”
Dave Mwangi, the Pioneer pastor preached on “A world Without the Gospel”, as depicted in Romans chapter 1 from verse 18 onwards. A gospel less world is a place that you do not want to live in. Its citizens have the following adjectives defining them. They are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, and heartless. How many here would walk into such a place and say, I will live in this place. A gospel less world is a place you want to run away from. Could that depict Mlolongo? I think it depicts a majority of the world. That is the desperate world.
If that is the case, then we are here as people sent to bring the gospel bearing fruit to Mlolongo as seen in Colossians 1:6 We always thank God, …because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints — 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you …. You learned it from Epaphras,our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister o
We are like Epaphras, ministers sent to proclaim the fruit bearing gospel. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, Paul’s says in Corinthians, though God were making his appeal through us. We implore people of Mlolongo on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
Lifespring Chapel Syokimau (Parkside Community Chapel) is a satellite church of Lifespring Chapel Embakasi. We now meet at our own property along church road off Katani Road in Syokimau. Our services start at 10am till 11:30
Pastor Dave Mwangi
Lifespring Chapel Syokimau Church Planter