Muamba Fishers of Men Church:
Fishers of Men Church at Muamba is located in Kitui County in Eastern Kenya approximately 20 kilometers from Kyuso. This village holds a very special place in the heart of Pastor Joshua Ngao. This area was his childhood home; growing up here led to many special memories.
During a visit to his native country in 2008, Pastor Joshua Ngao was able to return to the village of his childhood home, Muamba. He was able to share his love of God with his friends and family and these villagers willingly received his preaching. Pastor Joshua’s leadership was readily accepted as he was one of “their own” returning to bring them the light of the Gospel. Sharing his love and dedication to the Lord led many clansmen and villagers, including his family, to give their lives to Christ Jesus. Thus officially starting the Muamba Fishers of Men congregation. Later partnering with a church in Davenport, Iowa (U.S.) FOM Ministries was able to build a permanent church where the people of Muamba worship together today.
The people of Muamba have walked over 20 miles on a daily basis to fetch water for in excess of 50 years. Often, the trek was made in hopes that water would be available, especially as the drought conditions became more severe. Again in 2010, Pastor Joshua and ministry partners from Davenport, Iowa worked together to fund the drilling of a water well in the church compound. It was necessary to drill (or bore) 320 feet down to find fresh, clean water. This new well was a huge blessing to the village for nearly a year. Unfortunately, the ongoing drought in the region caused the water level to fall below the suspended pump; leaving many to believe the well had dried up.
In 2016 the drought conditions worsened. With still no water available from the well, there was a critical need to have the county water engineers evaluate the situation in hopes of finding a solution. The Lord’s blessing for this village became apparent when engineers determined that water availability wasn’t the issue. Because of the well’s 320 feet depth, a hand pump did not provide sufficient pressure to extract the water.
Knowing the water resource was accessible by simply adding an electric pump and solar power, the flow of water could be restored. God continued to work behind the scenes while the engineers worked on a solution. Funding for the electric pump, solar power, and the holding tank was provided to FOM Ministries with the help of two generous donors and the Sherrard Junior High School student body.
Believing that education is the key to life and remembering how many miles he had walked as a child to attend school, Apostle Joshua dreamed of starting a local school. The distance to the closest primary school was so far away, that it simply was too dangerous for young children to walk to school. With help from The Heights Church located in Collinsville, Illinois, a village primary school was started in January 2018. The community is actively involved in operating this critically needed resource.
Muamba FOM Church is led by pastor Jackson Mwenga Musyoka and His wife. Together with the church’s board of deacons, they work in partnership to provide the leadership and ministries to support this community of believers. The church has also established a preschool that helps local children begin the preparation for attending school.
This church is an active and vital part of this rural community. These believers are supporting one another with their fellowship and working to improve the lives of the entire village, especially the children.
Muvati Fishers of Men Church:
Fishers of Men Muvati worship center is located in Kitui County in Eastern Kenya. This church is about seven kilometers from Kitui town center and 190 kilometers East of Nairobi (or just over a three-hour drive).
In 2009, Pastor Joshua visited Muvati which was the native home of one of the FOM ministers. During his visit, village residents shared how strongly they felt a need for a church and Christian faith community in the village. Unfortunately, many people in this particular area were living in fear because of the witchcraft / black magic beliefs and practices that are very prevalent in the area.
Immediately after hearing their concerns, Pastor Joshua Ngao, Founder and President of FOM Ministries, felt led to start the Muvati worship center. He was moved by the urgent need of the local people in their craving for the truth of the Gospel and a desire to know the Lord. Initially, the group began meeting as a small house fellowship.
This little group of believers continued to grow. A short while later, the mother of the church’s Pastor Masila donated land, a generous gift that prompted the planting of this church. This dedicated group of believers worked together and built a tiny temporary church building creating Muvati FOM Church.
Later in 2010, while this area experienced severe drought, Pastor Joshua continued to work tirelessly to obtain funding. With help from committed donors, a water well was dug near the church making available sufficient water for villagers and their livestock. Thus providing hope and encouragement to a struggling community.
Back at FOM Ministries’ headquarters in the United States, Pastor Joshua Ngao continued to be instrumental in helping this determined small group of Christians. Pastor Joshua and Pastor Brett Black, partnered together in funding the construction of the permanent building for Muvati FOM Church.
Today, this congregation is under the leadership of Pastor James Masila and his wife, Peninah. Together with the church’s board of deacons, they work in partnership to provide the structure, leadership, and ministries that this community of believers needs. There are still forces of evil, witchcraft, and black magic, practiced in the area but together these devoted Christians continue to serve their community and praise our Mighty Savior.
Kilawa Fishers of Men Church:
This relatively young, growing church is located in Eastern Kenya, Kitui County. It is situated a little more than 25 kilometers from Kyuso.
Kilawa Fishers of Men Church began, as one of the original missional communities of Fishers of Men Church Muamba. During a visit to Kenya, his native home in 2012, Pastor Joshua officially commissioned this Church. FOM Ministries Headquarters and faithful friends from the U.S. secured funding allowing this Christian community to purchase land and build a semi-permanent place to worship. The church community continued to grow making it such that the building could no longer accommodate the entire congregation. The Lord rewarded their continued faithfulness and over time Pastor Joshua and ministry partners raised the resources and constructed a new permanent church.
During one of his visits to this village Pastor Joshua saw first-hand the tremendous hardship people of this village encountered daily. Because of the lack of water, people were walking for miles in search of water. After returning to the United States, Pastor Joshua shared this church’s story with others. Faithful and dedicated ministry partners worked tirelessly to raise funds to drill a borehole. Today the borehole and pump are powered by solar panels and are able to supply the entire village with water for families and livestock.
The Church is led by Pastor Benjamin Joshua Muthengi Makola and his wife, Tabitha. Together they are helped by the church’s board of deacons to make sure that the church can minister to the local community. This church has continued to grow steadily; bringing the light of Christ to an area with such great needs.
Tseikuru Township Church – Fishers of Men Ministries:
Fishers of Men Ministries church of Tseikuru Township is in the Eastern region of Kenya. This church began as a fellowship with 34 members. Two weeks after being officially opened in early 2020, all the churches in Kenya were closed by the government due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By March 2021, the church had celebrated its first anniversary and due to its growth was officially commissioned as a church congregation.
The church has continued to grow by reaching out to community members and offering further services through the Tseikuru Vocational Training Institute. The ministry with the help of generous donors has now started a Sewing/Seamstress Shop & grocery store. A number of the first graduates from the Vocational Training Institute are sewing and selling uniforms to schools around the area. The shop also carries a few grocery necessities available for local villagers.
The Tseikuru church has continued to grow steadily; bringing the light of Christ to an area with such great needs. This church now has nearly 80 members, 30 children attending Sunday School, and 3 missional communities. At present, the biggest challenge is SPACE. The church is located in a rental house and as the number of members is increasing; they are quickly outgrowing their current space.
The church has a desire to purchase land where they can construct a church building with sufficient space for worship and classrooms for Sunday School. On the same property, they would like to include a dormitory offering safe housing for the girls who are attending the Tseikuru Vocational Institute.
The church is under the leadership of Pastor Samuel Kasuku and his wife Liz Muthui. Together they are helped by the church’s board of deacons which enables the church to minister to the local community and continue evangelizing to win more souls to Christ.
Maili Saba Fishers of Men Church:
The Fishers of Men Church at Maili Saba is located in Western Kenya in TransNzoia country. It is 70 kilometers from the Kenya/Uganda border and about 12 kilometers east of Kitale. (Kitale is 237 miles northwest of Nairobi, nearly a seven-hour drive.)
In 2000, Pastor Joshua Ngao, Founder and President of Fishers of Men Ministries, along with his wife Kathleen met Pastor Kennedy Magwiru in Nairobi. This meeting was very fruitful and they agreed to work together. This collaboration created the first FOM Ministries church in Western Kenya. Shortly after the initial meeting, Pastor Kennedy and his wife, JaneRose, began holding weekly worship services in a classroom of a local school near their home in Maili Saba. What started with a single family, as word spread, the congregation gradually began to grow. Thus creating Maili Saba Fishers of Men Church.
The Maili Saba church’s membership continued to grow and soon outgrew its worship space at the school. In 2001, FOM Ministries U.S. headquarters along with assistance from friends of the ministry helped purchase a plot of land, erected a semi-permanent church building, and continued to provide support for the pastor and church. In 2003, the congregation of Maili Saba FOM, through sacrificial giving from each family, started constructing a permanent church facility. With generous financial assistance from the United Methodist Church in Savanna, Illinois, FOM Ministries was able to complete the church’s new roof.
Maili Saba FOM has since grown from a small village church to a larger church community that is impacting the neighborhood and Maili Saba Township. They have become a haven of hope offering spiritual nourishment and care. The love of Christ is active and growing through the church’s missional communities, which exhibit love for one another and promote a true sense of belonging to the family of Christ.
The Maili Saba church is still under the leadership of Senior Pastors Kennedy & Jane Rose Magwiru. Together they work with a board of nine deacons who oversee various parts of the church’s ministry programming. This local Fishers of Men Church is a leader in reaching out with Christ’s love to the neighborhood and the local community. The church elders are optimistic about reaching greater heights for the Kingdom of God. They have a vision of becoming a solid ‘Sending Center’, whereby they want to start ‘sending out’ missionaries to other parts of the country to spread the Word and love of God.
The Maili Saba church also serves as the national operational headquarters of all the work completed by Fishers of Men Ministries in Kenya.
Mokoiywet Fishers of Men Church:
The Fishers of Men church at Mokoiywet is located in Western Kenya in TransNzoia country. It is near Kitale and about 11 kilometers southwest of Maili Saba.
In 2000, Pastor Joshua Ngao along with Pastor Kennedy Magwiru began organizing a small assembly of believers to meet weekly in a classroom at the Mokoiywet public school. This minuscule group started with only a few members. One year later, the number of believers attending worship had increased tremendously. During this time Pastor Joshua Ngao, Founder and president of Fishers of Men Ministries, was working diligently behind the scenes to help this small group flourish. The Ministry, along with supporters in the United States, was able to provide necessary funding; enabling the congregation to buy a half-acre parcel of land. This dedicated group of church members began constructing a provisional worship center.
As the number of worshipers continued to grow, the same dedicated group of believers began praying for the resources to build permanent facilities. The congregation started volunteering to make construction-grade bricks by hand utilizing wooden brick forms and the red clay-like soil found on their property. These determined brothers and sisters in Christ made 10,000 building bricks and fired them to increase the material’s strength and durability. Next, these committed members began the physical process of constructing their permanent church. In 2013, through Pastor Joshua’s continued ministry work, the Lord provided funds to complete the permanent church building where today this congregation continues to worship and attract new members.
Since 2011, Mokoiywet FOM Church has been led by Pastor Daniel Ndolo. Daniel was one of the original worship attendees who was counseled and gave his heart to the Lord. He continued with discipleship training and later became a pastor. Together, Pastor Daniel and his wife Janiffer assisted by the church’s board of deacons oversee various parts of the church’s ministry programming. This congregation is growing and changing lives by providing spiritual nourishment. They continue to reach out to the Mokoiywet area with the love of Christ through their missional communities.
Kimondo Fishers of Men Church:
The Kimondo village is situated in a remote area at the foot of Mount Elgon. It is approximately 40 kilometers from the border of Kenya and Uganda and 32 kilometers north-west of Kitale. Unfortunately, this area has a high level of poverty, illiteracy, and HIV/AIDS, which has left many children orphaned.
During a mission trip in 2001, Pastor Joshua Ngao, Founder and President of Fishers of Men Ministries, had the opportunity to meet a small group of Kimondo villagers who had been gathering together to worship and praise God. From this fateful meeting, FOM Ministries officially established both the Kimondo FOM Church and the FOM Kimondo Victory Academy, a primary school and orphanage.
This church and community have continued to be an integral part of this very rural area. FOM Ministries has worked diligently to provide beneficial services and sound biblical teaching to nurture and grow this small community of believers.
The Kimondo Church is led by Pastor Dickson Wamalwa along with his wife Lilian and the appointed board of deacons. This team works together to build a strong faith community and church. More importantly, the church is also a vital link to the children of FOM Kimondo Victory Academy. The local church along with Pastor Wamalwa provides spiritual guidance for the children, as he serves as the school’s Chaplain.
Sitatunga Fishers of Men Church:
The Fishers of Men church at Sitatunga is located in TransNzoi County in Western Kenya. It is situated about 20 kilometers northeast of Kitale town center.
From its humble beginning in 2001, the Sitatunga Fishers of Men Church began worshiping in a small classroom being led by Pastor Patrick Mauso. Although Pastor Mauso led this tiny church, other individuals always read the lesson from the Bible, as Patrick had never learned how to read. God, as always, continued His good work. Late one evening Pastor Mauso was awoken by God; and told to get up and read his Bible. Although unsure, but not wanting to argue with God, Patrick quickly got up and began reading. He didn’t stop until he had finished the entire book.
Under Pastor Mauso’s leadership and God’s great plans, this little church continued to grow. In 2003, Rev. Joshua and Kathleen Ngao along with friends in the U.S. donated funds to purchase a plot of land and begin construction of a semi-permanent church. The congregation of Sitatunga continued to grow in their faith and serve our Lord. Members also continued to pray for help in building a permanent church structure as God continued His work.
In early 2014, church members stepped out in faith and started hand-making bricks from the iron-rich clay soil found on the church’s property. The congregation members took turns digging up the soil and forming bricks, four at-a-time. By August, members had made 7,000 bricks and stored them inside their crumbling church to be protected from the elements. With so many bricks, the congregation was only able to worship in half of the church. By late September, 10,000 bricks had been created and God began working in the hearts of Christians in the Iowa-Illinois Quad Cities. Quickly, sufficient funds were donated to “fire” the bricks; increasing the hardness and making them suitable for construction purposes.
As the congregation continued to pray for funding and direction, our Lord continued to work through the hearts of others. By late 2015, the new church’s foundation was started. Through their worship and faithfulness, the Lord provided the necessary funds to finish the foundation and walls. With God’s grace and provision, Pastor Joshua was able to secure additional funding to finish the structural construction and dig a water well. Thus allowing Sitatunga FOM Church to provide clean fresh water for the church members and surrounding area while providing living water through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sinendet Fishers of Men Church:
This relatively young, growing church is located in Western Kenya. The church is situated in the suburbs of Kitale, about seven kilometers from the town center.
Sinendet Fishers of Men Church began in late 2016, as one of the original missional communities of Maili Saba Fishers of Men Church. The small group of believers was on fire for the Lord. They grew quickly as their worship community continued to attract more attendees and believers. This missional community was authorized by FOM leadership to operate as a Fellowship under the Maili Saba FOM Church and continued to grow.
In January 2018, this Fellowship was officially commissioned as a full-fledged Fishers of Men Church by the founder and President of FOM Ministries, Pastor Joshua Ngao. This new church is led by Pastor Hudson Muliga and his wife Pharcia. Together, the Muliga’s, and the church’s board of deacons, oversee and successfully lead the different church departments in a growing ministry.
Currently, the Sinendet church is utilizing rented ground where a temporary structure was erected for their worship services. These faithful believers continue praying and trusting God to help lead the way to a new location where they can establish their permanent church structure. This congregation continues its rapid growth and is really making a huge impact on the neighborhood.