She organised people in her church to give financially to the mission, to offer accommodation to over 40 mission evangelists, and had 30 additional church members helping out throughout the mission week. “I had attended some Malindi Mission planning meetings before the PTC, but I only understood the whole picture of the mission during the PTC training, she said. “After the Mission, I went with the AE-Kenya team to evangelise at the Kampala Mission in Uganda!”
Before this, Franciscah had received no theological or biblical training. She had enthusiasm and commitment, but lacked depth of understanding. So at each class, she lapped up the teaching. “The clear discussions about the Bible and the unfolding themes through the Scripture helped me see the Bible in a different perspective,” she said. “The theme of Christ unfolding from the Old Testament to the New Testament made me see the Bible as one.” “It’s like PTC opens your eyes to see the Scriptures as they are, not as the way we want to see them. It’s a common thing to see the Bible being misinterpreted in Kenya by many preachers, but PTC stops this.” It has given her and Daniel more confidence in their ministry. “I recently had an opportunity to go and preach the word of God in South Africa,” said Daniel.
“The knowledge and the material that I received during the course, helped me with all my preparations. I felt I was more effective and delivering the word of God more appropriately. PTC is now opening new doors for me.” “I remain thankful to AE for giving us an opportunity to study the word of God. In PTC, the training is not teacher-centred but student-centred; the discussion groups, the time the students have with the material before the actual training, makes PTC unique.”
“Thank you to the facilitators who sacrificially devote their time and resources to come and equip us, the Kenyan church! Thank you too AE for offering this training without cost. The little we pay is nothing compared to the total cost of this training. I am sure there are individuals and partners who give these funds to AE. Thank you for your generous giving.”
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Tsitsi Chikono is 13 years old and lives with her grandmother and two younger sisters. Their home was washed away by cyclone Idai in March and they were forced to seek shelter under a baobab tree. Along with their home, they lost what little possessions they had – they only had each other.
This week Manly Life Church Pastor Tim Gionvanelli will take a team of four to see the work of African Enterprise in Kenya. Visiting some their development work in the slums, an orphanage school, and learning about their Foxfires gap year program, Tim believes the team will be encouraged by what they encounter in Africa.
The Ngezandla Zethu Sewing Project in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa was established in 2018 and exists to equip every member of the community irrespective of age, gender and race with skills that will empower each one spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally.