PASTOR JEREMIAH THOMAS (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart)
Rapha Ministries, located at 6922 Upland St. in Homewood, is on a mission to Nairobi, Kenya.
Pastor Jeremiah Thomas, who originally hails from Philadelphia, has been in the Pittsburgh area for the past 35 years and has served as Pastor of Rapha Ministries for the last 18 years. He is also affiliated with the Pentecostal Centers of the World and serves an assistant to the Bishop of the Greater Pennsylvania State Counsel, The Honorable Bishop Ronald L. Young.
Pastor Thomas is no stranger to the motherland, Africa, for this will be his second mission trip with the Allegheny Christian Alliance Church and also the Center for Urban Biblical Ministries, which is a part of Geneva College which is celebrating its 25th year.
“I am so blessed and honored to be on my second trip to Nairobi, Kenya, because the first trip was life changing for me.” said Pastor Thomas. The word “RAPHA,” means to heal, so it is no wonder that the mission of the church, would be to heal, the mind, body and soul. Rapha Ministries is a fundamental Pentecostal organization, and the cost of the mission to Africa, comes entirely through donations to the church.”
“We exist to serve humanity and the world,” is how Pastor Thomas, explains it. Rapha Ministries, also supports scholarships, education and the elderly, both in the U.S. and abroad while exalting Jesus Christ. Nairobi, according to Pastor Thomas, is currently about 75 percent Christian. While relating memories of his first trip, he spoke of children from a village called “Upoko” who curiously asked him, if President Barack Obama, was the President of only Black America, upon which he, explained to them, that Obama, is indeed the President of the entire United States.
The church left for the mission on the Jan. 31 for two weeks. “Although they have very little there, they have very little stress and really appreciate the compassion we show them,” he said. God speed to the Rapha Ministries of Homewood and their safe return.