|From right to left is Rev. Dennis Tongoi (CMS-Africa) Eng. Peter Njeru (Briken) and Neil Sandy; Truestone Impact Investment CEO during the official signing on partnership agreement that brings on board Truestone as a developer that will help CMS-Africa realise its sustainability plan.|
CMS-Africa is closer to its vision of making mission work by Africans economically sustainable as building work gets under way on a new multi-storey office block that will provide office space along with rentable space to generate income.
Like many building projects it has been a long journey to reach this point. One of the biggest challenges for CMS-Africa has been finding the right investors. So it was an answer to prayer when a partnership with Truestone Impact Investment Management Ltd. and a number of Kenyan investors was finalised earlier in the year.
The building project is underpinned by an appeal called Mission Footprints Campaign, asking for mission support and donations through giving to enable CMS-Africa to own at least half of this building in order to generate income for missions work in future.
The building will also house a training centre (CMS Africa’s mainstay) on one floor, while the income received by renting out other floors commercially should allow CMS-Africa to become financially autonomous and support CMS-Africa’s international mission footprint.
CMS-Africa International director Dennis Tongoi said: “The church in Africa owes its legacy to Western missionaries. To sustain this in the face of shrinking mission resources from the West in light of global economic downturn there is need to put in place mechanisms for continued missionary work that would ensure sustained impact of Christianity.
“The Footprints Campaign seeks to transform lives for the better by ensuring the Churches continued engagements with cross- cultural mission not just today but in years to come. At the heart of CMS-Africa Footprints campaign is the desire for economic sustainability. Now more than ever in its eight-year history, CMS-Africa is determined to execute strategies that will ensure millions of people across Africa and beyond develop home grown solutions to address their needs.”
About CMS-Africa’s footprint campaign
Founded from Church Missionary Society in 2008, CMS-Africa exits to provide a linkage between Missionary work in Africa to the churches and communities through wholistic development. “We exist to equip and multiply leaders in and of the church towards holistic mission,” says Serah Wambua, Mission Network and Partnerships manager
Through the footprints campaign, CMS-Africa seeks to lay a foundation for long term sustainability of its international mission footprint in Africa and from Africa by investing in an office block.
“We are trusting God for 3000 individuals, business entities, or Churches, to each donate GB£500 or US$700 or KSh.60, 000- the estimated cost of building and furnishing a square meter of the construction. The target amount from the footprints campaign is to KSh. 180,000,000 which will enable us acquire 2 more floors other than the 3 already allotted to us courtesy of the equity in the value of the land in the partnership agreement entered into with the developers. Owning at least 5 floors of the building what CMS-Africa aims at to assure rental income for sustainability of missions work across the continent,” says the International Director Rev. Dennis Tongoi.
For more information, see footprint campaign
Partnership agreement concretisation ceremony held on February 29th 2016 at the CMS-Africa’s 850 Chania Plot, Nairobi. This is to be developed into a 9 Storey building that will enable African Christian Mission from Africa to the rest of the World in the days to come.