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Pastor Michael Gantt of the Kenya Development Fund in Brattleboro, Vermont, will be guest speaker at the First Baptist Church of Medfield on Sunday morning Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Gantt will be bringing the morning sermon as well as speaking about the children of the Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf in Ringa, Kenya.
Pastor Gantt has served as a Pastor in the New England area for over 40 years and has had an ongoing influence as a local pastor, working regionally with church groups and internationally with a variety of missionary projects ranging from relief in South Sudan, leadership development in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya and most recently, as an advocate for the Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf.
The children of the Immanuel School come from extreme poverty and great disadvantage because of their deafness. There is little to no infrastructure in the country for persons with disability or disadvantage and most services in these areas are provided by Non Government Organizations (NGO). The Immanuel School is under the auspices of Deaf Ministries International, an Australian NGO, but funding has become extremely difficult under a tightening global economy.
Michael Gantt formed the Kenya Development Fund as an agency which supports economic development and vocational training, specifically with the Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf. With the aid of the Kenya Development Fund, the school has started an egg/poultry production business, a small working farm to grow food to feed the children and to market for additional income and most recently constructed a brand new 65 bed dormitory to house some of the children.
Working in cooperation with the administration at the school, the Kenya Development Fund recently has released a long term development plan to assist the School in providing safe housing, quality education, and strong vocational training program. Plans in the future will include the very first College for the Deaf in Kenya. Costs for the first phase of this development plan will be around $200,000.
Rev. Gantt will address the congregation at First Baptist regarding the “theology” of community development as well as sharing specifics about future plans and needs at the school. This is not Pastor Gantt’s first visit to the Medfield congregation and he will be showing a number of photos which will show the congregation that their support and investment has been well utilized.
For further information about the Kenya Development Fund, interested parties can visit their web site at www.kenyadevfund.org. For more information about this Sunday’s service or First Baptist Church visit www.fbcmedfield.org, or contact Pastor Jonathan Chechile at the church office at (508)359-2285. First Baptist is located at 438 Main Street in Medfield.