As we mentioned in our recent newsletter, we are excited about our partnership with the Africa Inland Church in Kenya. We have been busy holding some regional meetings to acquaint AIC sponsored schools with our ministry. Recently we spent some time with principals, head teachers, and chaplains in Kapsabet, about a 2 1/2 hour drive from our home. We shared our vision for ministry with them and were encouraged with the response. We are praying that one of our open April training slots will be filled by some of the Kapsabet schools, mostly rural learning institutions.
Last week we met with teachers in the Sirikwa area (greater Eldoret) where the AIC church sponsors more than 240 government schools! Under the guidance of the church educational chairman, we met with ten schools he felt were potential candidates for a “pilot training” program. This information meeting also broadened our circle of influence in an urban area.
Our week was capped off by a “Thanksgiving Day” celebration held by the AIC churches in the North Rift area. This celebration didn’t involve turkey or even a meal. It’s purpose was to celebrate the schools’ performances on the 2014 national examinations for primary and secondary schools. The North Rift area bishop is so enthusiastic about our new partnership that he centered the theme for the celebration around our trainings, naming the theme and focus scripture after our ministry efforts. We were even given 30 minutes to address the large crowd in attendance! It was an incredible opportunity to offer encouragement to teachers and students about God’s plan for their lives, the significance of education in light of God’s purpose for His people, and a chance to place examinations in their proper place. Using Colossians 2:3 and Romans 12:2 we each spoke about the wonderful journey life can be when walking securely and confidently with Christ!
Now the hard part happens, waiting for schools to share the information with their governing boards and staffs, then contacting us about a future training. We feel confident that God has opened this door of partnership for a reason and we must be patient for the next steps to unfold. Not the easiest thing for two hard-working educators to do but we’re trying. Until then, we’re preparing the trainings that we already have scheduled, as well as prepping to host some visitors from the US and UK who are coming to assist us!
God is good – all the time – and that is His nature. We rest on that!