Helida is the wife of Naphtally Ogallo, a church planter in Eldoret, Kenya. They have two grown children: Tim (24) and Liz (20).
I became a Christian in 1973 as a teenager. I trained as a Registered Nurse/Midwife and practiced for eight years. I met my husband Naphtally Ogallo, and we got married on March 31, 1985. We marked our thirty-first wedding anniversary this year, for which we are greatly thankful to God for His sustaining power.
My husband became a full-time pastor at Trinity Baptist Church Nairobi in 1986. In 2006, my health became poor, so my husband brought me to Eldoret for medical attention, which I received. The doctors advised us to relocate to Eldoret for easier medical follow-up. This was a very difficult decision in our life due to the nature of our work in Nairobi. My husband had been involved in the Nairobi church plant from its inception to its establishment; therefore, it was very painful to leave. Equally, the Nairobi church did not find it easy to release us, but eventually we did come to Eldoret in August of 2006.
Once in Eldoret, we soon realized that there was not any church which stood for and taught the Doctrines of Grace, so we immediately knew that there was work cut out for us. We began one-on-one evangelism, and soon my husband began Bible studies in our house. A number of people professed conversion, and so there was need to start regular church meetings in our living room.
During the Post-Election Violence of 2007-08, our work was disrupted. Our home became a place of refuge for over twenty people from our congregation. We saw the hand of the Lord using us to feed that multitude for one week. What followed was a mass exodus of people from Eldoret, which was the epicenter of the violence. Most of our congregation relocated to their rural homes. This had a great negative impact on our church plant. We never lost hope, but continued looking to the Lord prayerfully.
The work picked up again, and by 2008 there was need to get a bigger space for meeting. Soon the Lord helped us to set up a tent in front of our house, where we met until the end of January 2016. We have now relocated the tent to our church site. Since moving there, we have seen many new faces come, and a few of them have remained faithful.
My service in the church includes Sunday school and women’s ministry, and now I am in the process of mentoring others to take over the work. I also accompany my husband to student campus ministry.