New Life Restoration Ministries is a faith-based organization. It was initiated with a vision of changing communities living in Kibera Slums, and other marginalized regions in Kenya through spiritual nourishment, and socio-economic development as guided by the Gospel teaching, Luke 19:10 (reaching out to the Nations).
New Life Restoration Ministries, as a local church, has the burden of ensuring the wellbeing of human beings as dignified by God himself both in the Old and New Testament.
The church is very close to the community members in Kibera slums where it is based. The founder members had the burden and vision of initiating the ministry to cater for the livelihood of its community through education support programme, micro-finance initiatives and environmental conservation activities, apart from the main holistic activities.
Kibera slums are one of the biggest slums in Africa. It is the second largest in Africa, after Soweto in South Africa. The population of the slum is composed of different communities with multi-cultural aspects. The total population is approximate to 900,000. The communities living in these slums are poor and very vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infections and transmission.
Poverty has greatly contributed to very low living standards of the people. Majority are a product of intense rural urban migration in search of jobs and other social amenities. Illiteracy, drug abuse, commercial sex and child abuse are very common trends at the slums.
The congestion of the household results in overcrowding, thus creating rooms for other social evils. Children and the youth have become street children, commercial sex workers, drugs peddlers thereby wasting their potential and dignity of life as God given.
New Life Restoration Ministries initiated Springs of Life Children’s Centre to offer care and psychosocial support to orphans and other vulnerable children especially orphans due to HIV/AIDS, street children and other children in need of special protection.
The ministry set up micro finance project for women and the youth Income Generating Activities. The project for women is working towards empowering women for sustainable economic growth through utilizing local raw material to produce cottage products such as candles, soap and other commodities.
Poverty level is high in the slums due to lack of jobs and high population. The situation is worsened by presence of HIV/AIDS. This has facilitated many children to becoming orphans, and, ultimately, street children.
Currently the church ministry has grown into 60 branches in the East Africa Region in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The church is caring for 210 children through educational support via the establishment of Restoration Educational Centre. Food is also availed to the pupils.. Thus far restoration Academy has had 275 graduates from the Academy.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
a) That Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, and the only saviour from sin.
b) That Jesus Christ is the Great Physician and the Healer of the body through the Atonement.
c) That Jesus Christ is the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit today, just as He was on the day of Pentecost.
d) That Jesus Christ is the soon coming King, coming back to earth again as the only hope for a dying world.
e) That Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
f) That the church believes in the absolute Trinity of the Eternal God head , and in the full salvation by Grace through faith and not works , and in the personal baptism of the Holy Spirit and in water baptism by immersion at an age of accountability.
g) That tithing and offering is God’s financial plan for the Christian.
h) That they believe in the resurrection of all souls for judgement and in the eternal Kingdom of our God after the millennium.
The Various Organs of the Ministry
Ever since its establishment in the year 1997, the New Life Restoration Ministries Int’l has involved itself in numerous activities mainly spiritual. Systematically, as explained above, the church has adopted the other community development activities.
The following are the main activities that form the back-bone of New Life Restoration Ministries International:
1. Main Church Activities.
2. The Springs of Life Children’s Centre.
3. Restoration Educational Centre.
4. Cottage Industry
5. Water Purification & SODIS
NLRMI is governed through a structured leadership. It is led by the General Overseer together with an executive board of members, who provide oversight to the whole NLRMI ministry.
In addition, each board member is assigned a specific responsibility that help in the growth of the ministry. This structure of leadership, cascades to every local church which has a pastor and a team of local church elders who help in reaching out to people and ministering to the congregation.