|The entire group of Marketplace Ministries, with ICM reps in the front.|
We had the Marketplace Ministers Commissioning in Kakamega yesterday. Forty-one business owners, all members of the Deliverance Church, accepted the calling of doing their business as a mission and were anointed with oil by their pastor to go out and reclaim the redeemed Marketplace. This group has already decided to organize themselves as a cooperative to begin working together, seeing each other as collaborators rather than competitors. Over and over again we heard that the networking that is taking place in the church is so exciting, as they didn't know each other before. Five members of the church are being trained as trainers and they announced yesterday that the next class would be starting soon - people began to register after the service. They will also reach out to area churches in this next class. So of the four activities that we do, the training is complete, the mentoring will begin in the next month, advocacy is beginning, and access to capital is an ongoing dialogue.
|The new entrepreneurial team at the church, who are also the officials of the new cooperative formed by the team. Quite a gifted and dynamic group of leaders!|
This week I start the second session of training of trainers with the fifteen students. Once they complete the training, they will continue to be mentored as they begin to push the idea of Business as Mission and Marketplace Ministry in their respective churches.
The Friends (Quakers) Church continues to push this strongly forward through their leadership. The Deliverance Church is now talking about how to push this out through their denomination. We hope that the same happens in the ACK and AIC.