By Janet Nzisa
It was on a warm Sunday morning on 21st October 2018, when some of the teen mentors from the Southern Block in the larger Nairobi Christian Church made their way to the famous ‘Fred’s Ranch’ located a few Kilometers before Isinya Town in Kajiado County, and owned by veteran radio personality, Fred Obachi Machoka.
Deep in the heart of Maasai land, the ranch provides a serene and calm atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The mentors took their time away from the usual church service to retreat and have a time of bonding.
This trip was planned because of the busy Sunday schedules for mentors geared towards fellowship, bonding and discussing issues affecting them. It would also serve as time away to pray and draw closer to God outdoors.
The planning involved, praying, meeting and saving up for the trip out of town.
On arrival at the ranch, a very jovial team of staff ushered us into the premises. Soft music was playing in the background as we settled down on the lush gardens to have our service.
Next to our spot was an artificial waterfall; it felt heavenly to enjoy the message of Christ in a natural surrounding.
Godfrey Embovo the teen leader led us through a message dubbed ‘Create the Space’.
Reading from Mark 2:1-10, Luke 9:57-62, he encouraged us to be real friends who make sacrifices even at our lowest moments, not to follow the crowd and impress Jesus by our faith.
John Indiya, a newlywed teen mentor, shared the communion message and encouraged us to be like children so that we’re not hindered from coming to Jesus.
After the message, we had a chance to tour the ranch while lunch was being prepared. A sumptuous meal of roasted goat, ugali, green vegetables, and the chicken was served, after which we settled down to talk about our victories and challenges thus far in 2018.
A lengthy discussion on plans for the teen ministry during the December holiday followed, among them having a teen-led service.
We were privileged to meet the Ranch owner, Mr. Fred Machoka who shared a light moment with us. A prayer was offered and more pictures were taken. Just before leaving, the staff asked us to join them in a dance.
When we look at the example of Jesus, he worked hard, preached, healed, and spent time with people. He also took time away from the busyness to pray and spend quality time with his Father. Borrowing from his example we encourage other disciples to take time away from their normal environment and get away to quiet and beautiful places where they can also pray, learn, and enjoy nature with glad and sincere hearts.
Sally Nandwa stated this was the best outing ever; service outdoors is fun while Aurelia Konanga noted that we should do this again.
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This was one awesome day, I am glad I was able to experience God and get to know some people well