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The Gisnaas Family

A missionary family from Norway, living on the coast of Kenya. Since Linda was 5 years old, she felt called to move to Africa and help the orphans and the poor, and she waited for 15 years while God gradually revealed step by step the where and how. She felt led to Swahili, but didn’t feel called to a specific country alone. After she met her husband Stig, they served with Iris Ministries in Mozambique for two years, knowing that one day God would lead them to an unreached place in Africa to pioneer something new.

In 2016, God spoke to them about the Swahili Coast, showing them the coast line from the south of Somalia, going through Kenya and Tanzania and until the north of Mozambique. They felt God called them to this area, mostly dominated by Islam and traditional religion.

In August 2016 they packed their suitcases and their two children Esther and Leo, and moved to Kilifi, Kenya, a place where they knew no one, but they knew God had called them to go. They started renting a small house in the local village, living alongside the locals. They started walking the streets talking to people, and after a few days, their 4 year old daughter said God told her they should start going to the homeless people on the garbage dump just a few hundred meters away. They started going there daily with food and the Bible, and that’s where their first church started. Amongst the broken and the most poor people in the community in Mnarani.

They saw many homeless people get saved, restored, get jobs, and reunited with their families. They discipled them through the values of the Bible, and also cooked rice and beans for everyone who wanted a free meal weekly. In addition to this they helped many locals with school sponsorships, and by helping them with training and capital for starting small businesses.

After six months of meeting daily by a tree next to the garbage dump, they shifted to a bigger house in the neighboring street, where they now started their first church in their compound. The church grew in numbers, and through living next door to people and having an open house, they were able to build relationships and walk with people through different seasons of their lives.

In this season, they also welcomed their third child into the world. Sarah Dhahabu was born in their home 17th July 2017, without electricity and without a midwife. For many people this was the first time they had seen a white person go pregnant or give birth in Kenya, and it became a powerful testimony that these missionaries had accepted them and become one of them.

In March 2019 they also added a fourth child to their family, when adopting an orphan teenage boy Ndoro. In addition to this they have three youths living with them during school holidays, while finishing their education.

In September 2019 their church, CFC Mnarani Swahili Coast, merged with another CFC church in Mnarani, where they now have localities outside their home. At the same time, Linda and Stig moved with their family to Nzombere, Majajani, a 20 min drive interior from Mnarani. Here they have bought acreages of land, where they are building their mission base where they will settle down whilst traveling and spend their lives pursing the call that God has given them for the Swahili Coast. Read more about the vision and plans for this place under “Mahanaim Mission Base”.