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This blog is the personal thoughts of Pastor Jonathan Brooks and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or beliefs of Canaan Community Church or any of its members.  

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The Pastors of Kibera

Posted by Canaan Community Church on June 25, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (195)
"And I will give you Pastor's after my own heart who will feed you with knowledge and understanding." Jeremiah 3:15 Today we visited Kibera the largest slum area in the world with 1.5 million people living in extreme poverty. In Kibera there are over 500 Pastors who live in the slum, many with small mud houses no larger than our bedrooms! These men and women of God are using their meager resources to bring development to their communities. In Kibera there are over 42 different tribes each ... Read Full Post »

U call that church?

Posted by Canaan Community Church on June 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (127)
Well, today we got up early to be at an African Orthodox Church this morning at 6am dressed in traditional Gabi's owhich are cotton material you user, women cover their heads. Also since this church is a Judaeo-Christian church (Jews and Christians together) the men and women sat in opposite sides of the church. Also the church was setup as a Jewish temple complete with the Hokiest of Holies behind a veil where only the priests were allowed to go! The service was in Ahmaric (language of Ethiopia... Read Full Post »

New Life in the middle of Death

Posted by Canaan Community Church on June 22, 2012 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (61)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me... Psalm 23:4

Today we participated in a conference being held at the Instiute for Urban Workers called the United Church for Urban Concern Conference. The focus of the conference was homelessness in Addis and how the church could come together to alleviate the issue. 

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Blessed are the poor...

Posted by Canaan Community Church on June 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (121)

Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.  Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn my name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!  Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven: for 

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Welcome to Ethiopia

Posted by Canaan Community Church on June 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (120)

I made it to Ethiopia safely!  I am in Addis, Ababa the capital of Ethiopia and the nerve center for all of Africa.  Ethiopia is the ONLY African country that was never colonized!  Ethiopians are very proud of their heritage and that they can truly hold on to the fact that they stood up for their independence. 

Ethiopia is most know for it's last emperor Hali Salasi who is well known for being worshipped by the Rastafarian Movement of Jamaica.  Although he never...

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