Well, it’s been way too long time since I properly addressed myself to this blog so it’s about time! First, going against all current political correctness, and with a greeting that seems to be more and more under attack these days, I say to you with a warm heart and firm conviction that Jesus is the reason for the season… MERRY CHRISTmas!
Secondly, in this joyous time of Christian sharing and caring, let me treat you with a story that can be found on the OC website, but may have been missed if you do not visit that site regularly. It’s a story of a man, Kennedy, called by God for ministry, trained to be impactful in ministry, and then multiplying his training by training other church leaders.
“I just didn’t see myself doing ministry. Someone told me, ‘I just couldn’t see you anywhere but the pulpit.’ I laughed inside. For seven years, I went to church and sat in the back, so I could get out quickly. Finally I was asked if I’d like to help at the church, so I said I’d usher. One morning in the early service, the pastor was late, and someone asked me to teach. Afterward, the church leaders asked me to get theological training in order to preach again in the future.”
Again Kennedy was called, this time he responded.
Kennedy studied at Africa International University (AIU) in Kenya, formerly known as the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology. He already had a degree in business management, so he inquired about a degree in theology. Kennedy is thankful to God for His provision. He didn’t have the funds to get an education when he arrived but was able to complete his studies through various scholarships, including one from Overseas Council. He graduated in 2011 with his Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Studies.
Kennedy is passing-on his theological training to other pastors who have not had an opporunity for proper education in order to help them have a deeper understanding of the Bible and Christianity as a whole. He trains pastors in the Kibera slums and Maasai churches (the Maasai are an ethnic group in Kenya).
“The Maasai believe that men need to be very macho, so I had to help them see that Jesus was not weak on the cross but rather strong. He was also smart because He won in the end!”
Kennedy says his training has helped in a number of ways in ministry, including showing other pastors how to teach the Bible in context and the power of forgiveness.
Kennedy says his story is an example of how investing in one leader impacts multitudes. The pastors he is training today will teach others in various churches tomorrow. By equipping a group of 12 pastors, he is reaching over 1,000 of their church members with the true Gospel message. Kennedy is changing his part of the world with the Word of God because of his own theological education.
The key to Kennedy being able to become a church leader teaching church leaders in Kenya is his Christian education. As you are thinking about what to give for Christmas, please prayerfully consider giving to the Kingdom by supporting church leaders like Kennedy so they will have an opportunity to give themselves to others. Your gift, $10 or $10,000, will continue to expand the Kingdom in mighty ways that go far beyond this Christmas season. It will continue for generations to come, through one life touching other lives. Please consider giving a gift through Overseas Council and be a blessing to Christian leaders like Kennedy.
Blessings, and have a very Merry CHRISTmas.