Our History

Later on, because of the bad treatment she was still receiving, she went to live in Nairobi, where she met Andrew. They married and lived together in Kibera slums. Andrew was working in the city, and whilst he was out, Lucy would go and visit people in the slums. She would share about Jesus, pray with people, counsel them about their problems and encourage them.

After seven years working there, Lucy felt it was time to move on. She started praying, asking God where they should go. One night, Lucy woke up at three a.m. and told Andrew they had to move to Kakamega, leaving his secure job and prospects of promotion. Seven days later, they moved to Kakamega, without a house to move to, without a job to go to, and no source of income. However, God was faithful and things worked out in His timing.

With some money which Andrew had saved, he set up a shop and bar. Lucy, meanwhile, was making friends with the local community, visiting people in their homes. She went round to people’s houses, especially the underprivileged and those outcast by society. Here she would listen to their problems, counsel them, share the message of Jesus and pray with them. Many were lonely and in need of company, and Lucy was able to provide that.

The people who were served at the bar were also lonely and trying to drown their sorrows in alcohol. Lucy was then able to come alongside them and befriend them, at the same time showing them that Jesus is a better answer to their problems than alcohol. They began to change, until sixteen of them accepted Jesus into their lives and stopped drinking. Eventually, Lucy and Andrew remained with one customer, as the rest had ceased drinking alcohol. The bar had to be shut down. The people still wanted friendship and so Lucy arranged for them all to meet together on Tuesdays and Fridays. The bar was then transformed into a meeting place, where people would share testimonies of God?s faithfulness, pray and worship together. Lucy and Andrew began to pay school-fees for some of the children with money they had saved from their businesses.

The shop also failed, because the people Lucy had reached would come and eat there and not be able to pay, so Lucy would give them the food free-of-charge. With business management this generous, the shop ceased to function. The rooms became the RUSH building, with space for carpentry, tailoring, an office, a kitchen and the main meeting hall.

From then on, it grew into what is now known as RUSH.