I’m trying to be better about living my life with my eyes wide open. I wonder how many times I’ve been so distracted by wherever it is I’ve been headed that I’ve missed out on something wonderful. It’s easy to get so caught up in our day to day life that we miss amazing opportunities.
If you happen to be driving on Mai-Mahiu – Narok Rd, there’s a tiny little Catholic church perched on the edge of the hills overlooking the Great Rift Valley, just past the scenic overlooks and next to a police post. It’s affectionately known as “The Little Church on the Slopes”. Hundreds of people drive past it day after day, but I wonder… how many have ever actually noticed it as they hurry past? How many have stopped to look inside, or sit for a moment inside it’s quite sanctuary to take in it’s simple beauty?
There is nothing grand about this place of worship. The main room is only big enough for four hand made wooden pews and an altar and pulpit. Besides it’s unusual location and humble size, the architectural details are more European than African. This is because the chapel was constructed in 1942 by Italian Prisoners of War. The church was very important to these men, and some even gave their lives making sure it was constructed. They were buried in a simple graveyard outside the church.
When we have volunteer teams visiting Kenya, we always try to make a stop at the church. We usually do a short devotional together and have a time of prayer. It’s the perfect place to stop and reflect and talk with the Creator. I can’t help but imagine the men who sat in the same pews years ago, so far away from home and family… despite their circumstances, they still kept their hearts turned towards God.
The Little Church on the Slopes is open to worshipers and visitors throughout the year from around 6 am to 5 pm. There is no cost, but donations are welcomed. The money collected is put towards taking care of the building and buying flower arrangements for the altar. We usually give a small tip to the caretaker as well, which has never gone unappreciated.