Originally from Johnson City, Adam and Melody Mosley are planning to move to Nakuru, Kenya in August. Contributed photo.
A family with ties to the region is planning to move halfway across the world to establish a church in Africa.
Adam Mosley and his wife, Melody, are planning to move to Nakuru, Kenya, in August. They originally are from Johnson City and are moving to establish a church for the international residents of Nakuru.
Adam Mosley said the move is exciting but does have some challenges.
“We have two little girls that are four and one,” he said. “So moving a family of four halfway across the world is challenging.”
In order to understand the Mosleys’ move, it is necessary to go back a few years — when the two were 19-year-old college students at East Tennessee State University.
The two had just married, and soon after a few of their friends were going to move to Cincinnati to start a church. Adam Mosley said they felt like God was telling the newlyweds to go with them and help start the church. So they did.
The church didn’t work out, and a few years later the couple joined a larger church in Cincinnati. While at the larger church, they were able to learn a few things.
Later on, the couple moved to Texas, where Adam Mosley became an associate pastor at Trinity Vineyard Church in Cypress.
Trinity Vineyard Church has missionaries who take regular trips to Africa, and part of Adam Mosley’s job was to take care of the missionaries when they went on trips.
“After talking to a missionary, I realized they feel alone because they are away from their culture and away from everything they’ve ever known,” he said. “Over the next year and a half, it became clear that establishing a church was what we were supposed to do.”
Once it was decided that international citizens in Kenya needed a church, the next step was to decide on a location.
Nakuru was chosen because it is one of Kenya’s fastest-growing cities. It is located 100 miles north of Nairobi and has a population of about 1 million people. It also has a burgeoning international c o m m u n i t y.
But even though Nakuru’s international population is increasing, there is no church that is culturally western, Adam Mosley said.
He said the African church is good but is culturally different from a church found in Europe or the United States.
So the Mosleys set out to bring a culturally western church to Kenya.
Adam Mosley said it will serve as a place for the community and a place that missionaries can be fed.
“A lot of these people are working with some of the poorest people on the planet,” he said. “They need somewhere to go to be refreshed and so they don’t get burnt out.”
After the location was decided upon, the planning began. It has taken three years to plan the move.
The Mosleys have been getting educated about some of the needs people in Kenya have. They have also found a core group of about 30 individuals who are already in Kenya and will be members of the church once it is established.
Both Adam and Melody have always been on the same page when it comes to moving.
“We’ve always just tried to do what God was telling us to do at the time,” he said. “We are both passionate about it and we are both on the same page. Things always seem to work out for the best.”
Once the family gets moved, there will be a transition period. Adam Mosley said the family will spend time learning the language and culture of Kenya. He said they will begin to figure out other things later.
He also said they have no magic formula for starting the church and anything worth doing would not come easy.
There is one thing that keeps the family going: faith.
The biggest thing for us is you feel like you have to do something but feel woefully inadequate,” he said. “That’s what faith is. Faith is spelled R-I-S-K.”