Hilfe Fuer Brueder (Help For Brethren)—a True Brother to NEGST
NEGST has just inherited from Help for Brethren (HFB) a beautiful piece of acreage adjacent to the campus containing 14 rental apartments and 2 workshops—including a large one with a pit for working on vehicles. NEGST is also inheriting a functioning office, complete with computers, staff and a float of cash to ensure the property can operate profitably. The property has been named the “Hohnecker Centre” in honor of HFB’s number one supporter of NEGST.
When Byang Kato, founder of NEGST, first developed the vision to train Christian leaders for Africa in Africa, Hugo Hohnecker of HFB became one of his biggest champions. Hohnecker was on fire for NEGST and succeeded in getting the German organization continuously to send funds to build all the current student housing, the library and administration building, and the chapel.
HFB also purchased prime property along Dagoretti road, putting the site in the name of NEGST and intending to hand it over completely in 2041, including whatever they had developed on the land. Now in 2008, HFB decided that it was ready to hand the reins to NEGST quite a bit earlier than expected.
David Howes, who has worked with HFB for the past 6 years and was responsible for constructing 2 boreholes and several of the apartments, symbolically handed this multi-million dollar gift of property over to the NEGST Vice Chairman of the Governing Council, Harun Ndambuki. Howes said, “The desire of HFB is to help NEGST succeed in turning out ministers of God’s word. Africa now has its own high quality place of education. We want to commit this piece of land to the Lord.”
Brothers are there for each other in the good times and the bad. Help for Brethren Evangelical Assistance—known fondly as HFB on the NEGST campus—has been a brother to NEGST since our beginnings. HFB works in 100 countries worldwide, providing financial assistance for projects that help the Lord’s people.