Rahab Wambui – Kenya
Rahab leads Young Life in the largest slum in Africa, Kibera, located in Nairobi, Kenya. She works and lives there where she is married to her husband, Alexius Mungai and together they have a daughter, Shirleen Nyambura Mungai.
Words Rahab used to describe herself are: courageous, generous and a great listener.
Rahab’s story of faith:
“I have been a church goer since I was a small kid in Sunday school but I met Christ August 20th, 2004 when I was a senior in high school. I decided to give my life to Him so that I could live rightfully.”
“In 2009, a friend of my cousin came to our house and started narrating camp stories to my cousin, and then she told me that I could be one of the great Young Life leaders. She gave me James Mungai’s phone number. I called Mungai, he invited me to club and later I started leadership training classes and I was commissioned as a leader. “
Rahab’s area of the Kibera slum contains an estimated one million people. There are many young people living in this poverty-stricken settlement. The slum attracts many local and international non-profit organizations which give material handouts to volunteers. This situation makes it difficult for Young Life to retain volunteer leaders since Young Life operates using a servant model.
“Currently we have seven Young Life leaders…we face a lot of challenges in this area due to the status of the people living here. The culture of handouts affects our ministry so much. Kids expect handouts when they come to club. Parents want to be paid for their kids to go to camp. All in all we are working hard to earn the right to be heard by both the locals and especially the teenagers.”
Rahab is an area director for Nairobi West. She oversees ten neighborhoods and is responsible for starting two of those. She has ten neighborhood clubs, three high school clubs and 3 WyldLife clubs. She has 41 leaders out of which ten are neighborhood team leaders.
“The most encouraging thing I have seen happening in the lives of teenagers is transformation. When we as leaders show our love to them, they embrace Christ in their hearts and fall in love with Christ and Young Life.” The words that Rahab lives by are from 2 Thessalonians where it says “We not only share the gospel but also our lives with them.”
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