My name is Stella Smuts. I was raised on a farm outside a country town in South Africa. My parents were born-again and raised their children in the church. As a teenager, I had an experience with the Presence of the Lord and accepted Him into my life. From there I grew in relationship with Him. Born out of this relationship is the deep seated desire to serve the Lord and His people. Through the years, I have been involved in many aspects of church life and service.
Since I was a child, something about Kenya gripped my heart
and I have always wanted to go there. So
it was with great excitement that I boarded a bus in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzanian to travel to
Mombasa, Kenya. When we crossed the border at
Horohoro, my heart was in my throat…well, that is how it felt. We were required to walk across “no man’s
land” and I did so on my own, as I just needed time alone to absorb the reality
of where I was and why I was there.
Standing at a Boabab tree
The coast is very busy with many, many people. I do not recall ever seen so many people in
one place! There is a vibe and sense of
expectation which I have not experienced anywhere else.
Afmin Office Kenya
The Afmin team in Kenya welcomed us with open arms. We all immediately “clicked” and this
resulted in us working very well together.
We set up office on the veranda outside the lecture room. A breeze blew most of the week, which eased
Once again, it was wonderful to meet and interview the
students. This time, I dealt with those
who are heading to graduation this year.
Their enthusiasm is wonderful. These
people serve the Lord under trying conditions and yet the love they have for
the Lord is very evident.
I was asked to describe my impression of Kenya. My reply was : So many people. Huge task and responsibility for
pastors / church.