A new time in Kikuu
In November and
December 2011 Ingebrigt Hoset was invited to Kenya, to preach on a
crusade in a village called Kikuu in Kitumi District. Traveling with
him was Sigbjørn Rønning, who preached and documented the
trip with pictures. It turned out to be some powerful days, that
changed a lot in Kikuu. While preparing for the trip home in Norway,
Ingebrigt received a word from Matthew; “However, this kind does
not go out except by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21, NKJV).
This led to a eight-day fast as preparation for what would take place
Kikuu lies in
eastern Kenya, and this village and district was known to be the
greatest stronghold Satan had in Kenya. The witches and sorcerers her
was widely known for their witchcraft and power, and people came from
far away to receive their “help”. You could buy a healing
from them, or a curse to get rid of your spouse, an annoying relative
or someone else. The people in Kikuu lived in great poverty. They did
not have access to electricity or water pipes, and the road leading to
the village was nearly impassable. The people were poorly educated, and
traditionally, the boys were trained to be shepherds or to do other
male dominated jobs, while the girls were taught to take care of the
home. First in 2007, the authorities in Nairobi decided that the
children should attend school. There was no place for us to stay in
Kikuu, so we stayed in the village of Zombe, a 25 minute drive from
Kikuu. There was a darkness over Kikuu and this part of Kitumi District
that had been there for centuries, and in this place we would have a
The road leading to Kikuu was so-so...
From the moment
Ingebrigt and Sigbjørn first entered the village, this trip was
historical. They were the first white men ever to enter Kikuu, and
Ingebrigt was the first white man to preach the gospel of Christ to
them. The villagers, both young and adults, turned their heads to look
at the white men entering.
and a group of children outside the church in Kikuu. The children were
sceptical towards the white men at first, but eventually they became
The church in Kikuu
The church was
founded in 2003, as a result of a crusade held by a church in Nairobi.
A man from Kikuu had moved to Nairobi, where he became a christian and
attended a church. After some time he told his pastor about his home
village, and how he wanted to reach the people there with the gospel.
The church arranged a crusade, and after a lot of resistance the church
was planted. This pastor in Nairobi is called Pastor Shadrach, and is
Ingebrigt’s contact in Kenya. They wanted a larger breakthrough
in Kikuu, and Ingebrigt was invited to join as a preacher.
Of the 70
members in the church around 80% of them were widows. Their late
husbands had died in a young age, because of the evil and jealousy
reigning in the area, as witches cursed them to death. When people
became Christians they were excluded from their families, and could no
longer rely on their help or support. The church then, became their new
family, and the church owned a piece of land where they grew different
vegetables which they shared amongst themselves. If you wanted to be a
Christian in Kikuu you had to be it wholeheartedly, otherwise you would
Young as well as old rejoiced in the Lord during the praise and worship.
The crusade in
Kikuu took place in the local marketplace, and contained lots of praise
and celebration. The Kenyans are fond of music and dancing, so people
gathered around to pay attention to it. The meetings were held in the
church building, and it got so crowded inside that many were left to
stand on the outside. Eventually more people were on the outside than
on the inside! It is a privilege to be allowed to preach the gospel of
Jesus, and especially in a dark stronghold like Kikuu. The Word of God
was victorious, people accepted Christ, and their lives and eternity
were changed. All in all 111 people were saved during the five days of
the crusade. The Christians in the church were renewed and encouraged,
and the meetings were powerful with deliverances and many healings.
Ingebrigt Hoset praying for sick people.
Rønning preaches. It was so crowded, the children had to sit behind the pulpit.
During the third
day of the crusade the breakthrough came. When the invitation was given
to accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord, a man reached up his hand and came
forward. As he walked to the front, the crowd turned quiet and paved
the way for him. This man was a powerful sorcerer, and he had enchanted
the people with his witchcraft and dark powers for a long time. This
was an important repentance, as it demonstrated to the people that
Jesus has greater power and might than the witches and sorcerers. His
salvation also led to a great expectation for progress and revival, now
that one of the strong opponents of the gospel had fallen. After we
left Kikuu, the man who had been a sorcerer let the pastors burn all
the equipment he had used to perform witchcraft. He also became a
member of the church.
Ingebrigt Hoset og Pastor Shadrach praying for people at the crusade.
There was a
great joy in the church in Kikuu when we left it, and their prayers had
been answered. Pastor Samuel told us they already made plans to build a
new and larger church, as their venue had become too small! They also
started to reach the other villages in the district with the gospel.
After centuries in darkness, a door has now been opened to a large and
fruitful harvest in Kitumi District. All glory to Jesus!!!
People in Kikuu rejoicing because of what Jesus did amongst them.