October 7-18 a team of seven from our congregation will travel to Kijabe , Kenya: Pastor Chris Stephens, Steve Saunders. Amy Gibes, Emma Cramer, Michelle Saunders, Loann Martens and Nancy Westover. They will be assisting our partners Pastor Paul and Leah Manyara in ministry. Pastor Chris and Steve will be teaching four days of seminars to local Pastors. The women will be refurbishing a guesthouse run by the church as well as helping Leah with food delivery  and offering spiritual counsel and prayer to women. 

Everyone will spend a day with the other two ministries supported by GCC: Shepherd's Little Lambs and Abba's House . We will be bringing requested items such children's underwear, school supplies, shoes and toys. There will be opportunities at numerous sites to interact with children through Bible stories, crafts and games. 

Pray for the health, safety and unity of the team and our partners. May we represent the kingdom of God and people of GCC well, bringing and receiving the blessing God intends through this trip.

You can give a donation to support this trip  HERE

Our Mission

To support our Kenyan partners, the Manyaras, in their ministries by providing teaching seminars to local pastors, by refurbishing a church-operated guest house, and by ministering to women and children through practical and spiritually supportive outreach. We will also visit our other two partners, Little Lambs and Abba’s House, to provide needed goods for their ministries.

How YOU can help

Pray for health, safety, and unity that we may share God’s love and encourage our partners.

Make a financial donation to this ministry. We need to raise $7,500 to pay for the following: a water catchment to provide water in the dry season; paint, fabric, and labor costs for refurbishing the guest house; cost of food ($25 per family) for a mother and children for one month; cost of supplies, food, cooks, and transportation for the four days of teaching seminars. You can donate online  above or by check. Make checks out to Gurnee Community Church and mark clearly as “Kenya.” Designated envelopes will be in pews on September 8.

Donate items for our partners in Kenya. Please bring your items to GCC by October 5 and leave them in the bin in the Narthex/lobby. The following items have been specifically requested by our Kenyan partners: 

* new girls and boys underwear for ages 3-18

* gently used girls tights and leggings

* toothbrushes

* pencils and small sharpeners

* white-board pens

* crayons, colored pencils

* soccer balls

* small toys and games (Uno, Legos, etc.)

* cloth grocery and tote bags (no plastic).