OJ, Kenya // William + Judy Kioria
William was born in Kenya but had moved with his wife and family to Southern California many years ago. He began working in the facilities department at Calvary La Habra. After working at CCLH for several years, he began to have a burden to return to his home country of Kenya and to plant a church there.
In the year 2012 William moved back to Kenya in a small rural town, about four hours outside the hectic capitol city of Nairobi. He began having weekly Bible studies with some of the people from his community. This group quickly grew and eventually Shalom Church was birthed.
In 2014 the Lord made a larger piece of land available to purchase. After much prayer, they purchased this property and immediately began to construct a new church building. The whole congregation joined in the work of digging, constructing, painting, and laying down the floors. In January of 2015, Shalom Church had their very first Sunday morning service in the new building.
After completing the construction of the sanctuary, they began working on the children's classrooms. The classrooms were completed in the summer of 2015, and the Lord has used them greatly since their establishment.
A few years after the Lord took William's first wife home, He blessed him with his lovely wife, Judy. Pastor Lance, his wife Lori, and a group from CCLH were honored to be a part of their wedding celebrations.
2017 brought many outreaches with the youth, a women's conference, prison outreach ministry, and much more! We're excited to see all that God has planned for 2018!