Pastor Nahashon’s testimony
I am called Pastor Nahashon Kiprop Maritim. I was born on 10 March 1978 in a small village call Maraba Chereres farm in Nandi County, Kenya. We settle in Maraba after we migrated from Bomet, my ancestral land. I am the seventh born in a family of nine children, 3 girls and 6 boys of Mr. Patrice Serem[father] and Rose Serem[mother]. Nominally, my family was catholic.
I started school in 1983 and continued up to 1990 when I finished the primary level. In the year 1991, I joined form one in secondary school. In 1992 in form 2, I was forced to stay at home due to lack of School fees. I started looking for a job. Luckily i a job of being a herds man in a place called Kaptumo. I was earning Ksh 500/ $5.8 USD monthly and this could not afford to pay for even one term of school fees.
In 1994, a woman neighbour of our family convinced her brother to assist me to be employed as a police man. The guy agreed and took me to Training School where I was employed and underwent police training of nine months. After the pass-out, I continued learning and I went to Homa Bay Boys high school where I finished High School.
In 1995, I was posted to Wajir, which is a semi-arid area in the North of Kenya. After Wajir, I was transferred to Eldoret where I spent a lot of time drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and engaging in fornication.
Voice of Salvation
One day, we went to a Bar/restaurant in Eldoret to drink beer the whole night. After I left the Bar drunk, I was robbed, beaten, undressed and was left helpless in the small valley on the side of the road.
A good Samaritan came to rescue me the following morning. I was given me milk and for some few minutes I regained strength and started moving to my house. I reached home that morning and went to my room. I stayed there for three days compulsory fasting and this is where I heard sounds like the flowing water in a stream under the earth saying “Nahashon? Arise and walk this is my time for me to use you as my vessel and i will take you to the place where your heart doesn’t want to live but that’s where you will declare my name and serve me as your Lord.”
This happened three times and later I woke up and took a bath and started eating. This happened at night where I was told to pray and because I had not receive Jesus as my saviour, I didn’t. Again, the vision caused me not to have peace the whole night and the whole day until I heard the preacher at the shopping centre preaching from Mathew 10:7 “the kingdom of God is at hand, come to Jesus” through loud speakers. I went to hear the word of God and the preacher gave us a chance to receive Jesus and I fell down and started speaking in tongues for declaring the deliverance in my life. I was baptized the following Sunday. I joined his church until1999 where he saw my talent as a sunday school teacher. He later promoted me as an evangelist and he instructed me join doctrinal teachings for that ministry. After my courses in bible school ended in 2002, he declared me as an assistant pastor. I was still in the Police service.
Call to Pokot
In 2005, God spoke to me again that I have to surrender being a policeman in order to serve Him fully and I refused many times. I paid dearly for my refusal. I underwent various wounds by shootings by criminal gangs or enemies. I almost died until I resigned from the Police Force in February 2006.
In September, 2006, God spoke to me in a dream “saying, now go to West Pokot, declare salvation to my people and teach them my ways”. I refused again and that made me get paralysed on one side of my body. When I sought treatment for the paralysis in the hospital, I was told I have no sickness. One morning, when I was taking a bath, the voice came to me again “arise and go to pokot and that’s where you will receive good health”.
I started my journey the following morning and as I entered into the car, my heart felt like it had a burden offloaded. I began to slowly feel better until I reached pokot and, after I preached for three days, I was completely healed.
I preached for three months in pokot and got tired. When I came back to Eldoret, [a different part of Kenya] the same sickness fell on me again with strong force until I decided to go back again to pokot and again I was healed. [the message was Mathew 10:6-12]
In 2007 I met a woman called Mwanamisi Chepoisho in pokot. She decided to marrry me and God has blessed us with 3 children. One boy called Salmon Kipkoech, then two girls Erina Chemariach and Gloria Chelatan and that made the word of God spread rapidly and many people came for Jesus.
Background to Christian Holiness Gospel Mission.
Starting in 2012, we decided to open Christian Holiness Gospel mission ministry with more than 160 members with the special goal with a good vision that I have in my heart and so far we have got three planted churches in Uganda and two in Kenya. All together, they have more than one thousand active members. The churches are growing rapidly and holding the word of truth. We thank the Lord Jesus and his Miracles in this region.
Assets of the church
- 2 cows
- 6 goats
- 1 motor bike
- Planting more churches
- Crusades and evangelisms
- Establishing orphanage home and widows home
- Establishing schools in our churches.
- Drilling boreholes
- Establishing Adult education in the community
- Revivals and teachings
To spread the holy Gospel of God to the entire universe and transform souls to seek the kingdom of God [Mathew 10:5]
Miracles of God
The word of God in Mathew 10:7-8 and as you go, preach the word “saying the kingdom of God is at hand….” “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons”.
As I was preaching, I met two people who were carrying a boy who was seriously oppressed by demons and I commanded the devil to leave and the boy was okay. That deliverance made the Gospel of God known in this town and many came to Jesus bringing the sick. Barren women have been healed and are now giving birth. The oldest woman had 16 years in marriage without a child. She now has a child after prayers. We thank the Lord.
Others reports are:-
Two HIV positive, a man and are woman are now negative.
One man with prostate cancer is now in good health.
Two madmen and one lady are now praising the lord.
Recently, one woman who is now one of our church members almost died. She was taken to various hospitals and only after prayer, was she healed. This made many people to come to the Lord in Uganda and Kenya following what God is doing in our ministry
- Am now learning in a theological college in Kitale Impact Christian University for a B.A in Theology. No support of funds (school fees) to accomplish my mission of learning and have more skills.
- Church support. We need to build three permanent churches approximately cost of Kshs. 1.5 MILLION each. We also need to construct two classrooms for early primary years in each permanent church, these cost Kshs 800,000 each.
- Church car. We purchase a car costing Kshs 800,000 and have approximately Kshs 400,000 left to pay on it. We are however using the car to get around.
- Lack of teachers to teach in the schools. The church operates in areas of little or no literacy at all. Therefore it decided to start projects to support the peoples need for a harmonious and gradual co-existence and understanding. It has started Adult education in these places as well as Pre-primary and primary education. The educational program lacks adequate teachers, as well as good and enough structures for the mentioned purpose. The students use church buildings as classrooms and most of them study under trees. The condition gets worse during hot sunshine and rainy seasons.
The high illiteracy levels of the pokot in the arid and semi-arid parts of Kenya and Uganda places them at vulnerable economic position compared to those who live in urban cities. The establishment of institutions of learning shall help them catch up with the other regions. When there is understanding of the gospel, this enables a transformation of the society into a God fearing place.
Pokots socio-ethnic background
Pokots are the sub-tribe of Kalenjin living in Rift Valley (north rift). They are found in West Pokot County, Kapenguria District, Kenya and in the northern side of Uganda located in Karamajong District.
They are known amongst Kenyans and Ugandans as cattle rustlers. This has been their main method of income generating habit. They likes meat and milk as their favourite diet and also drink blood from cows. They are the ones who are disturbing the Government of Kenya so far. As i write this, the Kenyan Army is disarming them in East Pokot County of their illegal guns.
Pokot has high poverty and is a HIV Aids zone.
Forced marriages of underage girls is experienced.
Widows are oppressed and inherited.
Culture is exercised and FGM is prevalent, especially if a young girl wants to find a catch.
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