|Some of the ICM/ATS team|
|Motorcycles given away at graduation. They were all dedicated to the two ATS students who lost their lives in ministry this past year.|
|Mary, and her prayer partner, Sheryl|
Next week Sunday begins the first of three Sundays in a row where we will be commissioning Marketplace Ministers in three different churches. For the first time in my experience, this will take place in the church, during the worship services. This is the main reason for my transfer to ICM - to be able to send out Marketplace Ministers with the support and accountability structure from the church. The Church now will have the opportunity for partnership between pulpit pastors and marketplace ministers to impact the Marketplace for Christ. Those who accept this calling will be held accountable by the church, as any minister would be, and will be encouraged, discipled, mentored, and prayed for by the church. This is an exciting time! Marketplace Ministers have been taught the principles of Business as Mission, and are encouraged to have a quadruple bottom line: economic, spiritual, social, and environmental. They have also gone through the Basic Business Training, covering Ethics, Book-keeping, Marketing, Pricing, Cost Analysis, and a host of other topics.
|Agnes and her "ground nut" (peanut) business.|
Next Sunday will be the first Commissioning in Butere, with 70 Marketplace Ministers. At this service, following the commissioning and prayer, we will be anointing each Marketplace Minister with oil, followed by celebrating communion with them. Those who qualify will then receive their certificates (based on attendance and performance) and have a chance to share some of their thoughts with the church. I will be sharing the Word at both of the services. The following Sunday, May 26, will be the second Commissioning service with a church called House of Hope, in Kitale, with 22 Marketplace Ministers. And the last service will be with the pilot project - the focal point of my work for the past two months - in the Friends (Quakers) Church, on June 2, with 50 Marketplace Ministers. I am looking forward to these services and to see how God continues to use these business person to bless their communities, their churches, and the Kingdom of God. Please pray with us for blessings on these new Marketplace Ministers as they seek to change the Marketplace in their cities and throughout the nation of Kenya.
Picture of the week: What is this? I saw this item in the Butere market this morning - it is something I have never seen before. Each piece is about five inches tall, two inch diameter at the bottom, one inch at the top, and weighs close to two pounds. Whoever guess correctly will be given a Kenyan gift when I return to the US! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to guess.