Michael Mwanikha’s children’s & youth ministry in Kenya
Pastor Michael Mwanikha has always had a heart and vision to minister to children and youth but was never taken seriously by churches in his home region of Bungoma in northwestern Kenya. After receiving some of our printed resources from a visiting missionary, he contacted us in 2004 seeking encouragement and mentoring.
After 2 years of prayer, God provided for Shirley to visit Mike and stay with his young family in rural Kimilili. She taught a children’s ministry seminar and ministered with Mike in various schools and special events. With so much poverty and focus on subsistence living, children there, as in most of Africa, are often overlooked and even neglected by churches as pastors struggle to get bibles and obtain a church building. But even with just a small puppet or singing some bible songs, children come running to hear about Jesus!
Mike has continued undeterred through years of hardship and lack of appreciation, but now doors are open wide for his ministry across the region. He has named the ministry, Christ Children’s and Youth Ministry, and has developed a well-trained team that now works with him. They remain busy with local church and school commitments; lead huge evangelistic events for children and youth; and organize annual week-long camps. Mike teaches training seminars with follow-up mentoring; and ministers to some of the poorest children – those who have disabilities and attend a monthly mobile clinic.
Much of his time is spent sharing the Gospel in schools where he has led literally thousands of children to accept Jesus, and he distributes hundreds of bibles and new testaments each year as part of follow-up discipleship. He has established and oversees many student-led bible study groups and is truly having a major impact on evangelizing the next generation. As of late 2018 he has also been able to travel to other countries to minister and share about his ministry – including Uganda, Tanganyika and even the United Kingdom!
Here are more photos of Mike’s extensive ministry: