Macolet (Melly) is the wife of Sam Oluoch, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Kisumu, Kenya. They have two daughters: Lois (23) and Nila (20).
My line of training is secretarial—bookkeeping and accounts. I have been in ministry working alongside my husband for over twenty years.
One of the things dear to me is spending time and studying the Bible with the young people, even though there may be no immediate conversions. Scripture encourages me that it is the Holy Spirit’s work to convict sinners of their sin. Additionally, I teach Sunday school and lead monthly women’s fellowship, and I accompany my husband to Maseno University for college ministry every Friday—I help out with securing the meeting venue and organizing refreshments thereafter. I also help with administrative work and cooking during classes at Kisumu Reformed School of Theology (KReST), a college that is run by the association Reformation Carried Forward by Kenyans (RECFOK)—a group of four reformed churches. Students attend classes four times a year; we have sixteen students at the moment.
One of our church’s visions is to plant more Reformed churches in other towns, and one of the towns that has been marked is Nakuru, which is the fourth-largest town in Kenya. Recently, I was invited by the women students at Egerton University (in Nakuru) who are under Reformed teachings by Brother Oduru to give a talk on “Purity and Christ-Centered Living in a Woman’s Daily Activities.” It was good to see this group of young women eager to live for Christ and willing to serve among their peers.
We have been through many trials: financially, spiritually, and even physically. The first church my husband pastored was a non-denominational church, so there was no governing order in how the church was to be run. When Sam became a pastor there, he had to work out some sort of structure and restore order. He introduced systematic preaching, and some of the leaders were not happy with that. He also did not include women in the preaching roster. This became a problem, and sharp disagreements arose. It was hard to see our close friends and the whole church (except for a few people) reject us and talk ill of us. We had to take a stand; we had to either choose Christ or please men. We are glad we made a stand and chose Christ. During this whole time, the Lord was ever so near to us. He assured us of His care and protection all that time.
Sam tendered his resignation, and we left that church. Since Sam had taken early retirement from his previous employment and I also left work as we entered into full-time ministry, we did not know where we were going, what we were going to do, or how we were going to feed our children or take them to school. This was a difficult time, but the Lord saw us through by providing good Christian friends who stood with us—and subsequently, HeartCry!
The result of standing firm for Christ has led to the establishment of Grace Baptist Church (GBC)Kisumu, GBC Oyugis, and now the new church plant in Millimani. We are so thankful to God. Praise be to His name!
We are thankful to the Lord for all His blessings. In the church, we have had numerous baptisms—including those of both of our daughters—and these have been very special. Sam and I look forward to celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in November, God willing.
Wishing you God’s blessings,