|Karibu (Welcome) to ATS!|
|A portion of the breadbasket|
The Africa Theological Seminary (ATS) is on the outskirts of Kitale, on approximately ten acres of land, with an additional ten acres adjacent for future development; the land is currently being leased by farmers and used for growing maize and bananas. ATS hosts approximately 300 students, all of whom are in ministry at the same time as working on their various degrees.
|Part of the ATS campus, including the house where I will stay.|
|The ATS (ICM-Kenya) team, along with Sheryl |
from the ICM-USA team.
The International Christian Ministry team was delightful. There were actually two teams that I met – the ICM-USA team and the ICM-Kenya team. I met some very kindred spirits on the ICM-USA team. This is a very gifted group of leaders, deeply grounded in serving the Lord with their lives. I know that I will learn a lot from them.
|Part of the beautiful campus of ATS|
The ICM-Kenya team was very welcoming and affirming of seeing the need to add Business as Mission as a course for their church leaders. This is a young team of very educated and capable leaders, working with church leaders who are making a difference in the many villages and cities around Kenya and beyond. While I was there, they hosted a two day alumni conference, focused on teaching Orality and the art of teaching the Bible through story-telling. I had a chance to meet a number of pastors and church leaders, all of whom acknowledged that they are not doing anything to empower and equip their business members for the Marketplace, all of whom acknowledged that they tend to see their business members only in terms of donors, and all of whom extended an invitation for me to start the pilot project at their church! There was great excitement about this concept, with many church leaders mentioning that they had never even considered this as a concept. I thank God for this affirmation.
The only disappointment in the whole trip to Kitale was learning that they don’t eat their food very spicy and plantains are not part of the regular diet, even though bananas are grown here. However, I think I can deal with that! Hot sauce will remedy the one, and I can definitely learn to live without plantains!
|Road in front of the ATS Seminary...look familiar?|
I plan to move to Kitale in mid-January and will start teaching at the beginning of February. By mid-to-late February, I will travel out to start the pilot project. At this time it looks like it may be to Busia, which is right on the Kenya/Uganda border, although it is very early to tell. The Bishop of the Church in Busia, who is an alumni of ATS, is the head of sixteen churches, and is recommended highly by the ICM-Kenya team as a church leader who knows how to mobilize and support his people.
|The beautiful countryside of Kenya|