The Mercy, Justice and Relief Development Pillar is one of the Mission’s key goals of community transformation which is working through IcFEM Field Units structure. It has identified several issues such as high levels of marginalisation and vulnerability in the society. Some of the immediately associated reason for the core issue include the ineffective Christian witness & low spiritual levels, injustices, diseases, sickness and death, lack of education and broken systems in the society including irresponsible parenting.
The Pillar works to reduce marginalisation & vulnerability and enhance a strong sense of commitment by changing communities in the direction of abundant life, equality & love. It works to create an enabling environment for all individuals, especially the marginalised to promptly and effectively contribute to their community development process.
Our approach is the formation & establishment of support systems in the community, sensitization and creation of awareness, advocacy, capacity building, mentorship, discipleship & empowerment, and provision of care & support.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (NIV)
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows.” (NIV)
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (NIV)
The pillar is led by four full-time staff who are called and have compassion for the poor, needy and vulnerable population in our communities. They are dedicated to the service of transforming the vulnerable population in our society.
The members are led by Patrick Biboko, assisted by Leonard Wanjala – General coordinator and in charge of Ministry to people with Disability; Judith Nambuye – Coordinator of care for frail elderly, orphans and widows, and Dominic Soita – Coordinator of Emergency Intervention.
Home based orphan care and widows.
IcFEM works through its fellowships’ structure to equip communities with the capacity to appropriately respond to these needs. The Mission also seeks to equip them with necessary skills through empowerment for sustainable livelihood, mentorship and discipleship to be able to compete in the existing community development.
Ministry to Persons living with disabilities
Through a programme called Bethesda Pool.
These are: visual & hearing impaired and physically & mentally challenged. Like the Biblical Bethesda pool story, the Mission seeks to meet various needs of persons with disabilities ranging from spiritual, social, corrective surgery and mobility aids to education and economic empowerment, to restore their dignity and mainstream them into existing community initiatives.
Care for elderly programme
IcFEM ensures that the frail needy elderly persons are cared for and nurtured in the society. The programme provides opportunities for recreation and interaction and for their positive contribution to the community.
Advocacy, Capacity building and Crisis intervention
This is in response to the Biblical mandate for showing mercy, justice and love to the poor, needy and marginalised. We sensitise and teach people groups, communities and churches to respond promptly to the needs of the vulnerable poor and the marginalised.
Rehabilitation of the Ex-convicts
We offer skills development and discipleship to those people released from jail to help them to be accepted by the community and to be independent.