‘My life was empty. Living in this dry place I thought there was no way I could change my situation.’ David Letaraya is 27 years old and serves as an evangelist at Leisamis Church in Marsabit Diocese in Northern Kenya.
According to the Kenyan National Poverty Plan 1999-2015, Marsabit and Moyale are ranked as the poorest rural districts in Kenya, with 88% of the population living beneath the poverty line, surviving on less than $1 per day. The communities here are mainly nomads, moving from place to place in search of pastures and water for their livestock.
David continues, 'I had no food and the small stipend from the church was not coming. I used to borrow food from community members and on credit from shop keepers. When the stipend came I would pay the shopkeepers and be left with nothing. I had a frustrated life. Evangelism was very difficult. I had no hope.’