Kenya Missions

Next Maasailand Trip (17 February - 3 March 2018)

The next Mission Trip to Kenya, Maasailand will be next February 2018 for two weeks. The format will take the same as the previous trip in 2016, 2012 and 2010. Please read the reports below if you feel inspired to join the trip.

So far we have 4 GPs, 1 Hospital respiratory doctors, 1 therapist, 1 nurse and 4 volunteers joining the trip in 2018. More hands will be of great help.

Maasailand Report 2016

In Association with the Maasai Evangelistic Association

SUMMARY  of  EMMA / TFM  Joint  Maasai  Mission Jan 16th-31st  2016


EMMA  :  Drs  :  Tony  Males,  Phil  Reynolds,  Lydia  Baffour  ( +  Dr.  Joseph)

                 Dentists  :  Martin  +  1  (locals)

               Nurses  :  Linda  Wood,  Suzanne  C,  Judith  Reynolds,  Doreen  Wardle  (pharm)

              OTS  &  Physio  :  Caroline  &  Henri  Louis,  Linda  Berry

              Medical  admin  :  Ed  Wood

TFM  :   RS,  Kevin  Granville,  Andrew  Gardner,  Jane  Henya,  David  Rhodes,  Trevor  Daykin,  Ali  Stevens,  Sheila  Hughes

Sat  16th  Jan  :  UK  team  (including  Henri  &  Suzanne  from  California)  met  @  Heathrow  6  a.m.  God  provided  early  as  3  extra  bags  allowed  free  -  following  the  travel  agent’s  false  promise!  Flight  fine  but  Judith  migrainous. 

Prayed,  no  problem  getting  through  Nairobi  customs,  stayed  overnight  @  Kolping  Guest  House  (as  previously).

Sun  17th  :  On  road  to  Narok  by  7  a.m.  Met  Bishop  Ben,  Nixon  and  George  Wanyonyi  there.  Transferred  new  digital  version  of  Jesus  film  to  Ben,  thanking  him  for  his  help  over  the  false  allegations  made  against  David  Kereto  in  2015.  Drove  to  our  1st  location  @  KATAKALA.

Discovered  we  hadn’t  arrived  in  the  hot  season!  Rain  for  2-3  months,  so  cattle  v.  healthy  but  our  lorry  got  stuck  in  mud.  Late  arrival  ensued,  but  our  army-style  tents  already  up  as  we  unpacked  quickly  prior  to  church.  2  songs,  Doreen  &  Phil  testified  then  Tony  preached  at  the  CCC  (Community  Christian  Church).

Afternoon  :  sorting  bags,  t-shirts  and  medical  equipment,  school  pretty  basic  and  not  closed  by  headmaster,  thus  less  classrooms  (4)  available  than  ideal!  Discussed  school-work  with  David  K  -  and  discovered  his  sister-in-law  now  promoted  to  headmistress  in  one  school  we  will  visit,  thus  easy  access!

Mon  18th  :  John  cooking  so  food  royally  supplied  again!  Linked  to  my  current  reading  in             1  Kings  18  when  Elijah  was  fed  bread  and  meat  daily  by  ravens  whilst  the  unfaithful  Israelites  starved. 

Clinic  began,  followed  by  Caroline’s  lunchtime  preach  at  which  4  adults  responded.  One  man  came  for  glasses  from  the  other  side  of  the  Maasai  mara,  leaving  @  3  a.m.  Other  old  men  had  set  out  on  foot  @  5  a.m.  UK  Linda  prayed  for  an  old  man  who  wanted  salvation.

Door  to  Door  (donkey  to  donkey)  =  DTD  :  one  man  said  to  me,  “Your  words  are  very  hard.  We  are  on  a  journey.”  So  I  invited  him  to  the  Jesus  film.  Jane  gave  her  testimony  :  Despite  her  Kenyan  village  upbringing  in  Kajiado,  with  no  electricity /gas / water,  she  never  saw  herself  as  poor.  Instead  she  was  rich  as  the  joy  of  the  Lord  is  her  strength.  Left  Maasailand  when  had  the  chance  to  go  to  U.S  -  now  26  years  in  UK  and  my  neighbour.  An  example  of  how  faith  in  God  opens  doors,  possibilities.

We  heard  of  an  old  man  who  used  to  shoot  evangelists  with  arrows  as  didn’t  want  his  wives  or  children  converted  (see  later).  But  now  some  locals  so  keen  that  one  lady  took  a  pen  and  started  writing  down  her  friend’s  name  even  before  we’d  prayed  for  salvation!  Wonderful  time  as  we  slipped  and  slid  our  way  along  the  muddy  road,  when  we  came  across  7  casual  (seasonal)  working  men  and  women  form  the  Kalangin  tribe  -  all  of  whom  responded  and  raised  their  jembes  (hoes)  in  celebration!  They  wanted  their  own  shamba  (fields)  so  Pastor  Aaron  told  how  he’s  been  in  their  position  only  5  years  previously,  God  responding  in  just  this  way  to  his  prayer.

As  we  met  people  on  the  road  to  clinic,  Jane  used  her  Swahili  :  “dawa  inaitwa  Jesu”  (medicine  called  Jesus)  is  greater  than  tablets  from  doctors  (“dawa  inaitwa  daktari”).  I  then  pinched  this  theme  subsequently.  As  we  spoke  to  others,  2  men  drove  past  in  their  combine  harvester  then  stopped,  wanting  to  know  why  Wazungu  (whites)  were  here.  Another  chance  for  the  Gospel!

That  afternoon  in  Katakala  Primary  School,  we  were  delayed  as  torrential  rain  fell.  Prayer  was  required,  allowing  one  class  but  not  the  second  as  planned.  No  worries,  as  the  second  took  place  the  next  day. 

That  evening,  David  K  told  us  how  he’d  agreed  to  this  location.  A  tall  lady  evangelist  I’d  met  previously  -  Monica  -  had  begged  him  to  bring  a  medical  team  to  her  home  in  Katakala.  Agreeing,  he  went  to  visit  her  but  she’d  just  died  in  an  RTA.  Keeping  his  promise,  he  knew  God  would  deliver  souls.

The  first  Jesus  film  -  shown  by  George,  was  attended  by  3  of  us  following  our  team  meeting.  We  came  in  just  as  blind  Bartimaeus  was  receiving  his  sight  -  a  great  starting  point  for  my  message,  allowing  George  to  appeal  and  25-30  children  responded  for  the  first-time.  Taking  their  names,  George  asked  them  to  return  before  the  following  night’s  film  for  initial  follow-up.

Tues  19th  :  Illness  in  the  camp  -  Judith  then  Linda  with  fever / vomiting.  On  the  road,  3  more  Kalangin  seasonal  working  men  stopped  their  digging,  gave  us  time  &    listened,  with  1  responding.  Then  one  boda  boda  (motorbike  taxi)  man  who’d  seen  us  as  he  drove  back  and  forth  stopped  to  receive  Christ!  Ali  then  led  a  young  girl  to  the  Lord  before  we  prayed  for  her  severely  burnt  6  year  daughter  who’d  just  attended  clinic,  whom  we  discovered  was  the  sister  of  the  boda  boda  driver.

Wed  20th  :  Kevin  prayed  for  a  couple  who  had  6  girls  but  no  son.  And  for  a  herd  of  sick  goats.  Began  to  meet  people  of  road  proudly  demonstrating  their  glasses  received  in  clinic.  One  man,  already  drunk  in  the  morning,  asked  for  prayer  to  stop  drinking.  Trevor  -  at  our  pre-mission  get-together  in  west  wales  -  had  told  us  he’d  be  delighted  to  lead  just  one  person  in  Kenya  to  the  Lord.  God  had  a  bigger  plan,  granting  him  several  this  morning  alone!

In  the  medical  clinic,  Linda  saw  a  child  with  bad  cerebral  palsy  improve  with  prayer,  leg  stiffness  gone  by  the  time  she  sent  him  to  the  OTs.  One  person,  receiving  glasses,  later  had  their  spiritual  eyes  opened  on  the  road  -  showing  how  our  2  teams  function  well  together.

That  afternoon,  we  went  to  Oloenae  School  -  where  David  K’s  sister-in-law  now  HM.  Following  our  songs,  their  songs  and  2  sketches  and  a  preach,  29  children  responded.  Took  3  schoolboys  in  our  bus  back  home  -  and  translator  Steven  showed  us  his  book  of  pictures  and  sayings.  Such  a  faithful  lad,  but  schooling  stopped  after  his  father  refused  to  sell  a  cow  for  fees.  Best  saying  :  don’t  tell  God  how  big  your  mountains  are,  instead  tell  your  mountains  just  how  big  your  God  is!

In  evening,  heard  Pastor  Eric’s  tale.  He’d  come  to  Katakala  12  years  previously  to  preach  the  Gospel  -  and  been  given  3  choices  by  the  locals  -  1)  stop  preaching  20  leave  3)  keep  preaching  here  and  be  killed.  “You’ll  have  to  kill  me  then”,  he  replied.  Twelve  years  later,  the  locals  decided  his  message  must  be  true  because  ours  was  identical!  He  was  delighted  with  the  responses,  and  proudly  told  us  how  he’d  spend  the  next  2-3  weeks  following  the  50  up,  with  Monday  to  Friday  Discipleship  Bible  study  planned.  Elders  visiting  his  house  that  day  said  their  experience  showed  that  God  had  sent  his  missionaries  here.  They  were  also  delighted  that  our  arrival  had  led  to  more  rain  -  humbling  when  we  were  praying  against  rain  for  comfort  and  journeying!

Finally,  I  learnt  from  George  at  the  evening  film  that  there  are  3  people  you  can’t  hide  from  -  God,  Satan  &  yourself.

Learnt  that  the  next  District  (Kajiado)  had  heard  of  our  medical  mission  on  the  radio  -  why  aren’t  we  coming  there?  David  K  happy  for  2  teams  per  year!

Thurs  21st  :  All  day  travel  to  our  2nd  location  @  OLKARKAR.  Again,  got  stuck  in  mud  with  much  prayer  and  our  theme  song  taught  by  Lydia,  “Who  has  the  final  say?  Jehovah  has  the  final  say.”  We’d  already  sung  it,  with  Jane’s  testimony  again  to  the  assembled  children  at  Katakala  School  as  we  waited  for  the  truck  to  be  ready,  but    now  He  did  as  we  made  progress,  arriving  just  in  time  as  the  sun  set.

Friday  22nd  :  We  learnt  about  our  hosts  from  the  Kenya  Hope  Centre  -  sponsored  from  Pennsylvania  -  and  how  the  adjacent  church  at  Eryeit  had  no  building.  Less  agricultural  here,  bomas  (homes)  more  spread  out,  the  people  relying  on  their  livestock.  Meant  we  started  on  the  road  later  -  as  locals  had  to  pasture  their  cows  first,  and  need  to  be  back  by  6  p.m  to  avoid  wild  animals.

RS  and  Trevor  started  with  men  vaccinating  their  goats  against  mouth  diseases  caused  by  flies.  One  responded,  before  another  man  rather  unusually  responded whilst  all  the  surrounding  ladies  didn’t.  How  times  have  changed  from  2002-4,  when  Sheila  noted  how  women  wanted  to  respond  but  were  prevented  by  their  husbands  from  doing  so!  Their  prayer  has  softened  men’s  hearts!  One  man,  however,  demonstrated  similar  delaying  tactics  to  those  we  see  in  the  UK.  He  was  a  builder  and  pretty  filthy.  Refusing  to  respond  in  such  a  condition,  he  asked  us  to  return  at  9  a.m  the  next  day  when  he  would  give  us  his  answer.  This  sounded  reasonable,  so  we  did.  But  although  he’d  promised  Saturday  was  a  day  of  rest,  it  isn’t  in  Kenya  and  he’d  gone,  called  to  another  job  far  away.  He  was  more  concerned  with  outer  than  inner  dirt.  Passed  to  the  local  pastors  to  follow-up.

Afternoon  school  -  very  slow  to  respond,  like  wading  through  treacle.  Did  pump  sketch,  guitar  out  of  tune,  David  spoke  but  nothing  seemed  smooth  or  easy  -  yet  200 +  responded.  Truly  God’s  work! 

In  evening,  Kevin  spoke  of  his  sense  of  oppression  here.  Pastors  talked  of  a  spirit  of  bondage,  fear,  with  traditions,  poverty,  sickness  and  witchcraft  holding  people  back.  Criminal  cases  eg.  one  man  awaiting  life  in  prison  for  killing  a  lion.  But  the  sense  of  god  remained,  with  one  lady  going  to  the  back  of  her  house  to  kneel  down,  giving  her  life  alongside  a  similarly  kneeling  Sheila.

Sat  22nd  :  a  slow  start  on  roads,  but  spent  the  2nd  half  of  the  morning  very  productively  chatting  to  patients  awaiting  their  turn  in  clinic.  Two  men  re-committed  their  lives  -  after  the  pastors  explained  v.  honestly  that  they  were  back-slidden!  Trevor  led  a  whole  family  to  the  Lord.

In  afternoon,  we  experienced  some  opposition.  Took  the  jeep  into  bush,  spoke  to  some  Maasai  under  a  tree  and  RS  examined  an  old  lady  with  a  chest  infection.  But  we  were  prevented  from  going  further  by  an  over-zealous  elder  who  complained  that  he  hadn’t  been  personally  informed  of  the  mission,  demanding  an  apology  on  a  subsequent  day!  Pride  -  but  also  an  opportunity  for  humility  for  local  pastor  Karam!

Sun.  23rd  :  Andrew  and  Trevor  preached  in  the  2  churches.  Four  ladies  who’d  responded  the  previous  day  came  to  the  church  under  the  tree  at  Elephant  Springs  and  at  least  2  men  at  Olkarkar  came  from  conversion.  Two  men  responded  to  Andrew’s  message  in  the  service  itself.

In  team-time,  Jane  taught  on  Paul’s  instructions  to  Timothy  -  that  evangelists  should  be  1)  courageous  and  enthusiastic  2)  not  be  ashamed  of  gospel  3)  be  loyal  to  their  spiritual  leaders.  And  that  all  of  us  should  have  both  a  Paul  (mentor)  and  Timothy  (mentee)  in  our  lives.

Mon.  24th  :  All  day  journey  to  our  last  stop  at  NKOILALE  Had  to  mend  the  road  crossing  a  dry  river  bed.  At  our  destination,  announced  our  arrival  by  singing  songs  at  the  main  road  and  later  in  a  local  market.  About  50%  expecting  us.  Now  dispensed  with  our  tents,  staying  in  a  low-level  safari  lodge  on  edge  of  the  Mara.

Tues.  25th  :  on  the  road,  we  were  again  joined  by  local  Christians  we  picked  up  en  route.  Good  example  for  the  UK  churches  here!  Many  responded,  including  another  boda  boda  driver  (John),  carrying  a  local  evangelist  on  the  back  of  his  bike  who w as  delighted!  Interesting  as  the  women  we  spoke  to  hadn’t  responded,  but  talking  to  them  allowed  him  to  arrive.  Ali  led  one  lady  standing  in  her  doorway  to  Christ,  who’d  never  set  foot  in  church.  Each  DTD  sub-group  led  approx..  10  to  Christ  this  morning.

Trevor  met  the  first  woman  to  be  converted  here  -  40  years  previously.  She  then  spoke  over  the  group,  saying  that  in  receiving  men,  some  people  welcome  angels.  Wonderfully,  as  I  led  2  ladies  to  Christ,  Pastor  Michael  arrived  -  “and  here  is  your  pastor!”  The  pastor  told  how  he  climbs  a  mountain  with  elders,  staying  there  2  days  to  pray  -  the  same  mountain  which  was  a  haunt  for  warriors  is  now  a  prayer  mountain.

Jane,  George  and  Kevin  encountered  different  types  -  business  people  -  at  their  shops.  Harder  to  reach  with  some  Muslim  influence,  but  as  the  Holy  Spirit  touched  them,  some  men  started  crying.  One  man  admitted  to  a  hard  heart,  young  and  old  came  to  Christ.  We  all  met  a  man  from  the  KWS  (Kenya  Wildlife  Service)  who  invited  us  for  further  discussion  to  his  house  the  next  day.

That  night,  more  than  400  people  in  town  saw  the  Jesus  film  with  35  responding.  But  George  has  shown  the  film  to  3,000  in  one  go  elsewhere.

Wed  26th  :  David  &  RS  spent  2  hours  with  the  KWS  man.  Says  he  is  saved,  but  we’re  not  sure!  But  happy  to  learn  the  difference  between  faith  &  works  in  terms  of  salvation  and  for  our  answers  on  why  God  allows  the  devil  to  fall.  Our  visit  was  likened  to  a  car  going  for  repairs.

Dr.  Cipro  (Ciprofloxacin)  remaining  busy  as  most  of  the  team  have  now  succumbed  to  the  trots.  In  this  last  afternoon  school,  we  dispensed  with  the  Hands  sketch,  instead  converting  the  traveller  to  a  boda  boda  traveller  (who  rejects  Jesus)  following  it  with  the  Prodigal  Son  (who  didn’t).  No  child  responded  - as  they  were  already  all  saved!  But  loved  their  singing  &  dancing,  joining  in.

In  evening  -  even  more  saw  the  film  and  responded  than  the  previous  evening!  David  K  now  wants  to  work  more  closely  with  George  in  future.

Last day of medical clinic- Total number of patients seen over the 7 clinic days was 1593

Thurs.  27th  :  4  a.m  goodbye  to  the  translators,  Ed  &  Linda  Wood  -  and  a  temporary  leave  for  Jane  (seeing  her  sister)  and  the  Reynolds  (visiting  an  Christian  eco  project).  Another  50  or  so  responded  on  the  roads  in  this  3rd  2  day  mission  location.

These  next  2  days  were  spent  on  safari,  with  Lydia  and  Suzanne  seeing  cheetah  from  their  hot-air  balloon,  while  we  had  to  be  content  with  jackal,  hyena  and  lion  from  our  new  lorry!

Had  a  really  good  last  team-time  on  Timothy,  mentioning  projects  we  needed  to  fund  -  decisions  tomorrow!

Fri  28th  :  7  Projects  were  identified.  Of  these  …

  1. Bibles  -  already  bought  ~  35  (@  10  dollars  =  1,000  K Sh  each).  Trevor  will  try  to  fund  more  from  his  UK  Church

  2. George’s  Ministry  -  he  needs  a  new  DVD  player  at  least!  Was  robbed  on  a  bus  2  years  ago,  losing  much  of  the  equipment  we  had  previously  funded  ~  6  years  ago.  Tony  may  contribute  here.

  3. Katakala  Water  Project  -  needs  a  generator,  pipes  and  pump.  David  may  help  here  (money  from  non-believers)

  4. Church  under  the  tree  -  needs  a  roof  and  side  pillars  to  start.  Our  TOP  priority  -  as  people  won’t  attend  if  rain  or  XS  sun  not  prevented  by  a  roof.

  5. 3  patients  were  discussed  -  we  favoured  funding  the  burns  child

  6. Rescue  Centre

  7. Pastors  Rogers  &  Aaron  requested  more  training.  Former  has  never  had  any  instruction  -  with  David  K  pointing  out  the  dangers  for  churches  here!  Aaron  has  been  to  Bible  College  in  Nakuru.  Trevor  agreed  to  seek  financial  support  here  too.  Twins  mentioned  the  Langham  Partnership  (attached  to  their  church)  which  does  2-3  weeks  in-country  training  and  David  K  already  knows  Wanyeki  -  a  Kenyan  who  has  now  returned  home  to  disciple  locals.

Sat.  30th  :  visited  the  Rescue  Centre  in  Narok  on  way  back  to  Nairobi.  Heard  prof.  Paul  talk  about  itinerant  evangelists  Bible  College  there  and  Bishop  Ben  Koikai  about  the  rescued  girls.  Latter  remain  in  Christian  homes  in  holidays  till  funds  available  for  the  12  of  them  to  eat / be  cared  for  in  the  centre.  Room  available  for  6  girls  in  each  of  6  rooms  i.e  36  girls.  Ben’s  church  uses  building  on  Sunday  -  helping  to  pay  for  caretaker  in  the  process. 

Richard Scott

Maasailand Report 2012

In Association with the Maasai Evangelistic Association

Date: 8th – 25th March 2012

The Team

In 2012, EMMA’s medical team from the UK visited several areas of southern Kenya ministering and providing medical care to the Maasai. This was the second such trip to this area, the first being in March 2010. The group were invited once more to bring ministry and medical help to the area by Pastor David Kereto of the Maasai Evangelistic Association.
We were 14 in number comprising of the following:
4 nurses, 1 physiotherapist, 1 occupational therapist, 5 GPs, a laboratory technician, and 2 dentists.

Preparing the Way for Mission

Through donations from individuals and churches and from fundraising, money was raised to purchase in the UK boxes of medical supplies, mainly medication, to be distributed free of charge at the three ‘camps’ that were set up during our trip in different very isolated areas of the country where medical provision was lacking.
Pastor Kereto had put out the word through Kenyan national radio and through church contacts on the ground that a medical team would be in a certain place for several days beginning on a particular date.

Maasailand Clinics

Queues of people from babies to the elderly awaited our arrival each morning. From 9 till 6 each day. Medical and dental care was provided at no cost. The team had interpreters to assist them in speaking with the people.
Over 3000 folk were seen and treated in total. 100s of bad teeth were extracted!
There were many opportunities for the team to provide holistic care in its fullest sense, by presenting the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Team members gave testimonies and preached the word on many occasions. The local Christians I believe were greatly encouraged by our visit. Many people heard the Word of God, some even whilst waiting in a queue to see nurse, doctor or dentist.

Evening Mission

In the evenings the “Jesus Film” was shown. A number during our stay expressed great interest in learning more about Christ and some made a commitment to follow Him. On-going vital discipleship of new Christians was left in the hands of Pastor Kereto and his team of pastors and church workers on the ground.
Monies left over at the end of the mission were left with Pastor Kereto along with unused medicines. The monies will support on-going medical care and treatment of particular needy children, and will also support the building of a Rescue Centre for teenage girls in distress.


We give thanks to God that the team remained healthy and worked very well together, a team in which many of the individuals had only met once or twice before at briefing sessions.
We give thanks to Almighty God to have been able to participate, even in a very small way, in providing healing for the body, and by His Grace healing for the soul, as the Word of God was preached.
Not to us O Lord, not to us, but to your Name be the Glory, because of your Love and Faithfulness
Psalm 115:1

Beyond the Mission

Over the past year, 3 of 4 churches which we were involved with have reported increased congregations. Through money raised by team members, we were able to help more individuals in Maasailand.
Donations used:
  • Equipment for 2 health centres
  • Support disabled patients
  • Repair the pastors' vehicles
  • Improved water supply to a primary school
  • Laptop and video projector for a school
  • Fund the building of a rescue centre for girls escaping forced marriage and circumcision
By Dr Mark Harney, team leader 2012

Maasailand 2010

Maasaailand Report 2010

Date: 6th - 23rd March 2010

The medical team led by Dr Richard Scott provided free healthcare in Maasailand, Kenya, at the invitation of Rev David Kereto. This "Medical Mission" was an adjunct to evangelism and church development work, and built on an eight-year partnership between Dr Scott and the pastor.

For many Maasai healthcare is poor and difficult to access, by the virtue of their semi-nomadic lifestyle and the level of coverage and capability of existing government and non-government health facilities.

The team consisted of five GPs, one physician, two gynaecologists, two dentists, three nurses, one physiotherapist, one occupational therapist and a laboratory technician. The team was accompanied by a public health doctor for the first week.

The team ran "medical camps" on a total of eight days in four locations within Kajiado and Narok districts. The principle was that treatment and care for the two days in each location would be completely free and, apart from at Oloikarere Health Centre, the camps were run independently from local government and mission clinics, with the support of a team of translators and one mission medical assistant.

Clinic Activity

The following numbers of people are estimated to have been seen at the four clinics.

Impiro 870
Oloikerere 1,200
Naisoya 682
Endoiniyo Narasha 686
Grand Total 3,464

The medical diagnoses from those seen by doctors have been analysed to give an indication of the main problems that presented over the eight days. For a significant number of patients the main diagnosis was selected from several recorded, based on the treatments given, and for others an attempt was made to interpret the data recorded so as to fit the patient into a limited number of categories. A number of patients had unusual or interesting diagnoses and are classified as "specials".

By Dr Richard Scott