DELIVERANCE CHURCH INT’L UMOJA JOURNEY TO DATE
Deliverance Church in Kenya is rooted in the Young Christian Ambassadors Fellowship, a movement that reached young people in the 1960s through bible study, crusades, weekend challenges in university campuses and high schools. In November 22nd 1970, members of the fellowship congregated for the first Sunday service under Apostle Joe Kayo. The church grew and established a sanctuary in Eastleigh, Nairobi. In 1978, Apostle Kayo handed over leadership to Bishop Tuimising’. With his oversight, the church leadership saw fit to establish branches to cater to members living in various parts of the city.
One of these was Deliverance Church Umoja which was founded on 20th May, 1984. After a week of crusades and outreach in the neighborhood, we had our first Sunday service under a tent pitched in an open field next to Umoja market, under the leadership of Pastor J.B. Masinde. Forty families from DC Eastleigh had volunteered to pioneer the ministry with him. Two and a half years later, the congregation moved into a permanent building. Since then, Deliverance Church Umoja has acquired adjacent plots to expand its compound. The original building has also made way for a 4,000-seater sanctuary.
Building the Body of Christ
DCIU has been and still is a going and sending church. Since our first church-plant in Kitwii, Machakos County, we have been directly involved in planting hundreds of churches both locally and internationally. To name a few, DCI church-plants in and around Nairobi: Karagita, Mwiki, Donholm, KCC, Kagundo Road, Ngong Road, Kyumbi. We have also planted many churches in Kitui, Kangundo, Mwalla, Kathiani, Athi River, Kitengela, Ngong and Kiserian. We were involved in planting Deliverance Church in Lusaka, Zambia from which forty churches have now been planted, including five in Congo DRC. Some of the church plants we have been involved in are not a part of Deliverance Church family because we believe we have been called to build and strengthen the body of Christ.
Evangelistic teams from DCIU are active in missions to schools, colleges, prisons, hospitals, Operation Rudi Nyumbani, and Operation Hapa Hapa. Many DCIU members are also effective ministers serving God in the market place, in the public and private sector. International doors have opened to teams from this church to the USA, the UK, the Nordic countries, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda among others.
Transforming the Community
Apart from church planting, DCIU has also initiated a number of special ministry projects/activities to address needs of its members and its community of residence.
- The King’s School, Nairobi – a private primary school
- The King’s Bible College – a theological school to equip kingdom ambassadors to minister in all walks of life
- The Doulos School of Excellence – a leadership program that mentors, equips and prepares teens for life after high-school
- VUKA Camp: Annual camp organized to equip girls after Class 8 with knowledge and life skills to help them negotiate this season of transition with grace, confidence and awareness.
- ROPS: The Rites of Passage is held every year as a safe, Christ-centered space to mentor for boys who have completed Class 8 as they venture into a new season.
- DCIU Online – our online presence on our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more is geared towards reaching you with the Word wherever you are