CMS-Africa hosted its inaugural Fundraising Dinner in support of the Footprints Campaign on 29th August in Nairobi Kenya. “The Footprints Campaign is more than a building. It is a manifestation of the ownership of mission by Africans; mission from Africa to the World,” said CMS-Africa International Director, Rev. Dennis Tongoi when he addressed over 100 participated who turned for this eventThe International explained that in the next five years under its 50-50 vision, CMS-Africa is seeking have a sustainable international Mission agency. The vision 50-50 is to see 50 million families impacted by the gospel of the Kingdom by the year 50-50.
“In putting up this building, we seek create a stable income for focus is on the future of mission in Africa. We want to empower the church to be able to impact the community where they operate with the power and love of Jesus,” said Rev. Tongoi.
The keynote speaker at the Fundraising Dinner was none other than the renowned, Christian entrepreneur and champion of Business as Mission Ram Gidoomal. Ram is Kenyan-born and the current Chairman of Fair Trade pioneers Traidcraft plc and Traidcraft Exchange living in the UK.
Ram Gidoomal was born and raised in Mombasa but relocated to London where he ended up at the University before venturing into politics and business.
As a student, he was lonely, away from the Asian community and it there he encountered the Campus Crusade for Christ. When I got Revelation 3:20. The God of the bible says if I open the door He will come in and eat with me. I opened the window of my room and welcomed Jesus.
“Meeting Jesus Christ gave me a new pair of glasses to begin to see the world differently and hence why I am attending this dinner like you to partake of this wonderful Christian mission,” said Ram.
The goal of this annual event from 2015 through 2018 annual is to raise Sh.50million annually for another 4 years in a bid to help CMS-Africa purchase 3 floors of the 9 storey building that is designed to ensure sustainable missions work in and from Africa. “Our campaign seeks to raise KSh. 180 Million towards the construction of an eight-floor office building on the CMS-Africa property on 850 Chania Avenue, Nairobi in Kenya,” said CMS-Africa Board Canon Francis Omondi in a recorded interview aired during the dinner.
The building will house CMS-Africa offices and the remaining space will be commercialized. The income generated will be used to support CMS-Africa missionaries working in different parts of Africa.
CMS-Work is all about wholistic mission not just evangelism but getting to involve people in the full purpose of the God. Mission is not about a building, it is about the gospel; it is about relationships.
“The goal of CMS-Africa is to building a sustainable Christian missions in and from Africa to the rest of the world,” says Board Member Nicta Lubaale.
The dinner provides a platform where individuals, corporates and partners in missions work in Africa can participate in the CMS-Africa mission from Africa to the rest of the World.
The watchwords for the footprints campaign have thus been christened “A mission from Africa to the rest of the World.”
CMS-Africa first launched this ambitious campaigned dubbed the Footprints Campaign- a Capital Campaign designed to fund the construction of a 9-floor storey building in Nairobi Kenya as a way of makings missions work by African an economically sustainable reality in 2012.
And on 29 August, 2015 CMS-Africa renewed its Footprint campaign and invited partners to invest in this long-term financial viability for Missions now and in days to come. To partner with CMS Africa in this exciting venture and to leave your footprint in African mission, you are invited to, give. a footprint.
The support can be given either as a one-time payment or in any manner of instalments over the two-year period that the construction is expected to last. The project is targeting 3,000 individuals, business entities, or Churches, to each donate GB£500 or US$700 or KSh.60, 000- the estimated to build and furnish a square foot of the construction.
Footprints Campaign presents you with an opportunity to realize your own, perhaps unformulated, desire to contribute to missions work in Africa and beyond as well as engender a wholistic transformation of communities through renewal of mindsets for a better tomorrow
The campaign seeks to help CMS-Africa's mission programmes of wholistic transformation become sustainable as we work with the Church across the continent.
The Footprints Campaign seeks to transform lives for the better by ensuring continued engagements with the church not just today but in years to come. At the heart of CMS-Africa footprint campaign is the desire for economic sustainability. Now more than ever in its 8-year history, CMS-Africa is determined to execute strategies that will ensure millions of people across Africa and beyond develop homegrown solutions to address their needs. You too can be a part of this lifelong mission by participated in this campaign.