As development within the village began to expand and public areas like the health clinic, the water well, and the schools garnered more attention, it soon became apparent that the people needed a place to worship. With the help of both Kenyans and Midwesterners, Pastor Nzioka acquired a large piece of land from the government in 2013; it was just the right size to house a church and a children’s home, two places of refuge for those living in Thwake.
In partnership with the Heartland Presbytery, the Kikuyu Presbytery of East Africa helped establish the Thwake Presbyterian Church, construction of which was completed a mere six months after the land had been obtained. Thwake villagers waited until Pastor Nzioka and his friends from Kansas City made it back to the village in 2013, and one Sunday while they were there the Kikuyu Presbytery held a dedication ceremony and officially opened the church. It quickly filled with over 100 new members, and remains a thriving congregation to this day.