News Release

Naivasha Welcomes First Branch 

Early in 2011 a young couple in Naivasha, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, traveled to and from Nairobi every Sunday to attend Church meetings. The round trip was about 200 Km. Their neighbors and friends began noticing and started asking questions. What was this church they were going to, so far away, and so regularly? Sylvester Ohanga and his wife Eunice Ohanga began sharing information, teaching, and introducing the gospel of Jesus Christ to those same friends and neighbors. Soon a group of individuals (29) were meeting each week in the Ohanga home. Two missionaries, Elders Jackson and Kazozo, were assigned by Kenya Nairobi Mission to assist in the teaching of this growing number of individuals.

On 16 October 2011, a Group (a small congregation) was organized under the direction of Kenya Nairobi Mission President, Steven H. Broadbent. The Group grew so large that it was no longer possible to meet in a home and so they moved to the Fish Eagle Lodge. On 20 November 2011, 18 baptisms were performed. Persistent growth followed and a building in central Naivasha was rented and remodeled in order to serve as a chapel for the growing needs of this Group. On 12 August 2012, the completed structure was dedicated and a Branch (congregation) was organized. The attendance at this event totaled 120 which included 57 branch members. And the growth goes on. Naivasha became the 42nd congregation of the Church in Kenya – all because of a couple who lived their religion!

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