We have an exciting update from Kenya! Last weekend we were able to chat with our ministry team who are currently in Nairobi and received some amazing updates. As they shared some recent testimonies of the ministry and growing need within the country we were greatly encouraged to hear not only about some new directions the Lord is taking the ministry but also how much it is expanding.
The team was excited to inform us that in the last seven years, people from nearly 1,000 churches and organizations have received Vision training. At least 300 have gone on to do the full training of community based small group discipleship! One of these churches has embraced community discipleship so much that in Nairobi they now have nearly 100 Tandaza outreach discipleship groups and have increased to 4 services in different parts of the city to provide worship opportunities for everyone! As they were focusing on discipling Kenyans they began asking how they could be involved in local missions. They envisioned reaching out to the rapidly increasing Chinese community throughout Nairobi and have seen such an influx of Chinese on Sundays that they are now doing parts of the Sunday worship in English, Swahili and Mandarin. What a beautiful realization that focusing on communities through discipleship builds cross-cultural worship in the body of Christ!
We also learned that there are another 30 churches at some stage of training and coaching but have not been able to complete the training series and over 1000 churches have inquired or had someone attend a training but not had the opportunity to complete the series. We were told that most of the churches were put on a wait list for the rest of the year since CellKenya didn’t have the training capacity to reach those churches who have requested additional training and coaching. Hearing this news grieved us and made us all the more eager to join them as soon as humanly possible to begin expanding the team’s capacity and continue developing Kenyans as trainers!
Thank you all for your continued prayers, support and friendship! We are eagerly anticipating what this fall is bringing!
In His Service,
Clinton, Pahtyana, Ellyana and Enjolie