Those are the words that I heard twice last week, from two different pastors. They went on to add that I am calling out a warning in the way of Ezekiel and that pastors and leaders of the Church, need to hear and respond. This followed on the heels of a chapel service for pastors, in which I was told after, that if I had done an alter call, all the pastors would have had to come up and confess to standing in the way of their people glorifying God by doing business.
While I have heard positive feedback about my work throughout my time of doing it, these strong statements are unusual. I think, in part, it is coming because I am speaking with a new passion and energy for this work. There were a few things that happened this summer - a few "aha" moments - that have helped me articulate this work and this vision even better, and so I am finding myself speaking, teaching, and even preaching with more passion. I am praising God for this, as I believe it is from Him.
I am currently teaching a Business as Mission class at the Africa Theological Seminary for about 20 pastors and business persons who will become trainers in this at their respective churches. This is session one of two sessions in which they will earn a certificate to become trainers. What a joy and delight to teach this material to them - to see lightbulbs going off, to watch them look at God delighting in work and business - to realize that work is NOT a curse, it can be worship and it's what we were created to do!
|Pastor John Matui, an enthusiastic and charismatic pastor.|
|His very crowded church (intern Jeff in the front right).|
|After church everyone shakes everyone's hand as they form a circle. A lovely tradition.|
|The current structure.|
|The new structure, begun in 2006.|
|House of Hope VSL group|
|Friends VSL Group|
Intern Jeff Bloem arrived this past Wednesday as well and joined the BAM class, learning alongside the Trainers and getting to know the people with whom we will be working. Additionally, I was excited to receive news of partial funding to hire a Kenyan to make this team three people strong! I have posted the position and am beginning to receive CVs of interested persons. Please pray along with us that we will find the right person!
|I discovered a new fruit: the sugar apple.|