Education Conference 19th - 23rd April 2004
Report by Rev.
Henry Ngeno, ALARM Kenya Office Director
the midst of songs and dance to the films that we saw together with my
leadership team at the conference done on 19th to the 23rd of April, I
give praise to God for what He has done for us. Between the planning and
having the actual conference was a big gap. It was only because of great
faith that I had in God and the trust that I had in Him that made this
conference to be a great success. All credit goes to God for what He did
As I begin to write
this report, I want to sincerely register my thanks and appreciation to
our friends from the US who came under ALARM and Spoken For and agreed
to facilitate the conference for a whole week. Friends are great men of
God and I thank you so much for great big HEART that you have for the
church of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ in Africa. I love you all with
all my heart and please know that you are a blessing to my family and
ministry as well. May God continually bless you, your families, and your
ministries. Thank you for the great sacrifices that you made this conference
to be a success.
Scott and the team
we want to say a big Thank you to you and SPOKEN FOR team. Thank you so
much for accepting to support the entire conference and buying us the
books and other resources that we needed for the conference to move smoothly.
Your simplicity and love makes us to remember you often. Please know that
you are part of us.
Africa Gospel church
Christian Education, Kenya celebrates 11 years since the conference was
started. So far, this was the biggest conference ever attended by leaders
from across Kenya. The leaders who came to this meeting play a big role
in the work of ministry in the church. They are the grassroots leaders
who work with the local churches that are found in different parts of
the republic. I am grateful for the great turn out that we witnessed.
It was one of the biggest that the church has witnessed in almost 62 years
of existence in Kenya. The 508 and a couple of day scholars who attended
the conference was a great boost to the ministry and we want to thank
God sincerely for the great work that the Lord has done for us. It is
really a great blessing to have leaders who are trained and these ones
that we trained will carry the message to the rest who were not able to
come because of one reason or the other. The entire denomination has over
1400 local churches spread throughout the republic. All these churches
have leaders who were supposed to come to this meeting. Their absence
served us in a good way, as we could not handle all of them if they all
came over. By the way I was even scared on the second day when the number
went up from the 400 to 500 within a very short time. I thought that if
my estimate for the conference will jump then I had to send back some
because anyway they were latecomers. Those were some of the worries that
I had in my mind and I thank my God for the great blessings, which enabled
us to have this conference started and ended at the stipulated time that
we had planned. My thoughts were that we will eventually go into the negative
but the Lord enabled us to have some money at the end of the conference
that remained after paying all our expenditure thus my worry was now gone
with more blessings from the Lord. Actually, the amount we spend was reduced
because we had more helpers and the price of food came down because we
were buying them in bulk.
The lack of personnel trained in leadership in the African Churches has
served as a limiting force. Throughout the years trained pastors, Christian
Education leaders’ staffs have been called upon to do the work of
two or three people. Time for sustained involvement in a particular area
has been greatly limited. So this has made us to organize conferences
every year to at least train individuals who have not been able to go
Bible schools and have them participate in ministry with some of the skills
and tools for ministry.
We want to repeatedly
thank Scott and ALARM for the support that made this conference a great
success. The seeds that you planted in the leaders are eternal seeds that
we will all witness the fruits in heaven one day. Thank you so much for
investing in God’s servants.
The church appreciates
the facilitators who came with Scott to this conference who taught five
key lessons that will greatly help the church leaders lead well:
David Murphy: taught on the Cat and Dog Theology (It is about Him not
Brad Hughes: Evangelism and Ministry
Scott Werntz: How and what did Jesus Teach, Purpose Statement and leading
the Question and Answer Forum with the leaders.
Gabriel Sherman: Who did Jesus Reach?
Eric Sundene: Discipleship I & II
The teachers who
were teaching in this conference prepared well and we will love to have
them come back again in the future. We want to wish David a happy wedding
as he ties the knot January 2005. We really felt much at home with the
facilitators who are our new prayer partners now. Thank you again for
coming. We do want to thank the school for allowing us to use their facilities
for the conference. It this same venue that we use with Rev. MCquity and
the team that came over with Celestin in 1999.The venue is cheaper than
Hotels and thus we can be able to have more leaders and thus train more
leaders. The schools help us with their beddings and we want to thank
them for the great love for us.
The highlights of
- The great number
of leaders we had.
- The church leaders
who visited us during our time at the conference.
- The resolutions
that we made at the conference (to go back to our churches and use the
resources to build our ministries and train others).
- Pr. Kimetto coming
and singing in the conference & Scott purchases 15 video and 508
Audio cassettes for all the participants and the leaders.
- The commitment
to pray for each other.
Finally, All glory
and a thanks goes to God our creator. To Scott and the Team come again.
To ALARM, our Partnership had grown the more.