|Gay and Christian in
"I have other sheep that are
not of this fold. I must bring
them in also." John 10:16
VISIT Steve and Jose!
Visit the Other Sheep web site of the Executive
Director, Steve Parelli (at right in photo), and his
partner Jose Ortiz.
|This website was constructed in July of 2007
Visits made to this web page since August 2007
About Other Sheep East Africa
Other Sheep East Africa is an ecumenical Christian
ministry for sexual minorities by sexual minorities and straight allies.
Established in Nairobi, Kenya and reaching out to Uganda,
Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and other parts of Africa,
it is dedicated to connecting sexual minorities and straight allies with
people, information and resources that will uplift and
encourage their spiritual life through the Internet,
literature, organized events, worship opportunities
and support groups. The organization also works
with people from other faiths, especially Muslims.
To foster, nurture and encourage the spiritual lives of LGBT
Christians and people of faith.
Vision Statements (Stated Objectives)
1. To create and maintain an East Africa Other Sheep website, a
yahoo group, and other uses of networking through the Internet that
will provide information relevant to sexual minorities primarily in
matters of faith and religion.
2. To obtain and distribute in East Africa hard copies of the book
The Children Are Free.
3. To promote the formation of PFLAG chapters in East Africa
where parents, family and friends of LGBTs will, among other things,
find support in addressing their concerns about faith and
4. To create opportunities where sexual minorities may meet in
groups to interact on a variety of interests: such as discussion
groups where personal stories and reflection are shared; short-term
study groups on particular topics; and prayer and worship groups.
6. To provide training in the use of the power point presentation on
the Bible and homosexuality; and to foster opportunities for the re-
telling of this power point presentation to LGBTs and to the religious
community at large.
7. To network and collaborate with religious leaders and
organizations that are affirming of the gay community.
8. To create and maintain a library from which literature may be
loaned to individuals. (Suggestion: this library could be called the Roy
Clement Library, who was one time pastor of Nairobi Baptist Church and world
renown author among evangelical Christians, who came out in 1999 as an
openly gay Christian and partnered with another gay man; presently he is a
recognized conference speaker to gay Christians)
9. To create chapters of Other Sheep East Africa in East Africa
where the spirit of the mission and vision of Other Sheep East Africa
may be carried out.
The Mission Statement and Vision Statement was written by Steve and
Jose at the request of the 8 board members of OSEA, to be reviewed
and customized by the board. The Mission Statement and Vision
Statement was written Thursday morning, August 16, at a five star resort
(name withheld) overlooking the Indian Ocean, North Cost, Mombasa,
Kenya. The Mission Statement and Vision Statement reflect what Other
Sheep was engaged in with gay Christian Kenyans during the four
weeks of ministry, July & August 2007.
The Following is the present organizational structure of OSEA which
was inaugurated April 4, 2008, with just Rev. Kimindu as OSEA
Coordinator and the creation of an OSEA Project Team; additional
Coordinators (Kenya, Rwanda & Dem Rep Congo) and Chairperson
(Uganda) followed with time:
OSEA Coordinator for East Africa
Rev. Michael Nzuki Kimindu (Anglican Priest) - Nairobi, Kenya
OSEA Coordinator for Kenya
Rev. John Makokha (United Methodist Church Minister) - Nairobi, Kenya email:
Mrs. Anne Baraza, Counselor to LGBT and friends and family of
Other Sheep Kenya
OSEA Coordinator for Rwanda & Dem. Rep. Congo
Rev. J. Elie Gasana (United Methodist Church) email@example.com
OSEA Chairperson for Uganda
Wamala Dennis Mawejje firstname.lastname@example.org
See Dennis' blog: Denkross' Life in Uganda
OTHER SHEEP COORDINATOR FOR ENGLISH SPEAKING AFRICA
Emmanuel Kamau - Texas, USA
OTHER SHEEP COORDINATOR FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING AFRICA
Jose Ortiz - Bronx, NY
Early morning (sunrise) in
Mombasa, where Jose dictates
the mission statement and
vision statement of Other Sheep
East Africa which was later
shared and approve in a
follow-up meeting with LGBT
people in Nairobi who had
called for forming an
organization after working Other
Sheep for 4 weeks in
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|Jose Ortriz, Other
Mrs. Anne Baraza, Other
Sheep East Africa
Counselor to LGBT and
friends and family of Other
|Other Sheep East Africa