Jonathan Bii is the Program Director for Tenwek’s Community Health & Development program (TCHD); its mission is “to serve Christ by facilitating change through Primary Health Care and appropriate development within needy communities.”
With the onset quarantine restrictions – which include a national curfew and church, school, and business closures – Mr. Bii has noted a rise “a lot of fears, anxiety, hopelessness and worries among the population.” As other institutions are overwhelmed by the crisis, Mr. Bii says, “The church has been seen by all as the only hope provider. The church knows who to run to – God.”
In the last three months, with support from Friends of Tenwek, TCHD has helped 189 church leaders from 147 congregations in Bomet, Kericho, and Narok counties to build knowledge and capacity to lead their communities’ response to COVID-19. The special training covered trauma debriefing; prevention of COVID-19 in the family and community; care of church members during the pandemic; mobilizing church members to demonstrate love and care for their neighbors; and mobilizing church members for consistent prayer during this crisis.
The leaders were commissioned to be facilitators in their communities, leading by example to model safe social distancing, facemask wearing, and regular hand washing. Each participant also received COVID 19 literature to distribute to their churches. As a result of the training, pastors have actively engaged with their communities through home visits, helped their congregations observe health protocols when they meet in home churches, and conducted soap-making workshops
Mr. Bii is grateful for the generous FOT donor support that made this creative and timely “integrated ministry outreach” possible, noting it is yet another example of how TCHD continues to pursue its mission by equipping the Church to be a source of hope to the people of the Greater Bomet region.