We recently came to the end of DPTC July 2013 training and we praise God for giving us yet another opportunity for our pastors to be equipped for effective ministry.
In the first week of training, we expected Eric Miller to come and teach manuscript bible study but when he could not come because of health issues, I took over the class, teaching the Gospel of Mark. By the end of the week Pastors were surprised to learn how they could dig out the truth from the word of God using the inductive method. The acquired skills will help them study the Bible and prepare sermons, even though they lack other resources that are available to pastors elsewhere.
On Sunday we all traveled to Kitengela to visit the church of our pastor Anothony Ngaruiya. We got to experience a wonderful worship service, lunch, and then the pastors went out to conduct an open-air service on the streets of the city. Several came to know Christ as the pastors worshipped and preached the gospel to those traveling along the road.
In the second week of learning, the Pastors took two classes; The Doctrine of God taught by Peter and Church History taught by Mike Mwaka. As usual, the term came to an end with Pastors yearning for more and at the same time eager to go back to their ministries to put into practice all that they learnt.
We are so excited about the work that God is doing through Divine Providence and are so thankful for all of your prayers and support as we continue to train pastors to share the gospel of Christ across Kenya!
Director of Divine Providence Training Center
Our pastors at Divine Providence Training Center come to school for two weeks once a quarter for two years. The time in between each session is used for application and homework, so that all the learning can have time to really sink in and become reality in the way that they live and do ministry. Also, if the resources are available, we like to offer additional retreats and seminars.
For the past two summers, we have had the privilege of working with Jennifer Brommet of True Identity Ministries. She came to host retreats that led groups of women to discover their identity in Christ and how to free themselves from the lies the world tells them. Immediately after the retreats were finished, Jennifer had request after request from men in the towns she visited. They all asked, “Is there a True Identity for men?” Seeing the desire and need for this kind of training for men, Jennifer’s husband, Remco Brommet began praying and developing a curriculum to help reveal to the men their true identity in Christ and free them from the lies that are affecting their leadership in their families, churches, and communities.
In June, we had the privilege at Camp Chemi Chemi to host two back-to-back True Men Retreats, as well as a True Identity Retreat, led by Jennifer and Remco. They were a huge success. The two-day retreats were a time of revelation, deep soul searching and renewal of scriptural promises as Jennifer and Remco led over 45 pastors through the True Identity material. Men were overwhelmed with the love of their Savior and His purpose for them as heads of their families and leaders in their communities. This message is very much needed in Kenya where females in churches far outweigh the males and where father-son traditions and teaching are rapidly declining due to urbanization. Understanding the love of the Father for his sons, the biblical view on marriage, parenting, and servant leadership, excited and re-energized our pastors. Now that they have been through the training, they can take the True Identity message to their communities and churches, carrying on the True Identity goal to “train more trainers” so that this message of love and truth can spread across the nation of Kenya and the world.
We were so thrilled to have a team of 25 people, 16 students and nine adults, from Roswell United Methodist Church join us here at Camp Chemi Chemi at the beginning of June. The team, headed up by youth pastor Jason Scott, arrived shortly after the departure of two members of our May construction team and had 9 days filled to the brim with ministry, service and worship.
The team arrived just in time to help us finish off some rock walls around the two gardens we are trying to put in to aid in self-sustainability. They also helped with everything from shoveling dirt and manure to painting our new guard house at the end of the property. We are so thankful for the help and very excited as we watch the new plants grow.
On Saturday, June 1st, Chemi Chemi hosted its second-annual community-wide Sports Day, coordinated by Brent Brannen, serving for six weeks this summer as a summer missionary. The day was an overwhelming success as Chemi Chemi welcomed in around 400 members of the community, both children and adults, for a day of fun and loving Christian fellowship. Visitors were able to participate in soccer (football), jump roping, face painting, volleyball, limbo,
frisbee, arts and crafts, and a host of other activities. The youth did an amazing job serving outside their comfort zone and communicating the love of Christ with those who participated. The local chief commented that he really feels that Camp Chemi Chemi is part of the community and he challenged everyone to continue to embrace the Christian training we support. A few of our pastors and local congregation leaders were also on hand to welcome community members and join them in fellowship for the day. The best part of the day was definitely everyone joining in for an impromptu dance party!
Sunday, the whole team traveled up to Naivasha where they attended worship, assisted in Sunday School, and visited Strong Tower Children’s home, run by Paul and Martha. Rene Whatley provided the adult Bible Lesson and Jason Scott gave an excellent sermon demonstrating God’s payment of our debt. The Naivasha church cherishes our visit and the RUMC team loved worshipping with the one hundred plus youth who attended.
On Monday and Tuesday the students left for safari to see all of the Lord’s beautiful creation!
Wednesday, we had the opportunity to visit a local children’s home in Matasia to play some games with the kids before heading to Enomatasiani Girls Secondary School where we met with the Christian Union group. One of the most beautiful moments of the whole trip had to be listening to a chorus of over 200 high school girls resound in “Bless the Lord oh my soul, oh my soul, worship His holy name!”
The trip was a huge success and we appreciate all of the hard work and energy the youth team put into loving the Kenyan people and sharing the gospel with the nations! The tenderness of their hearts and witness toward the Lord will not be forgotten in Matasia.
A big “asante sana” goes out to the construction crew that came to Camp Chemi Chemi in May to work on improving our infrastructure while interacting with our pastors during the May school session. Scott Manley, Garland Davis, Joe James and Mitch Manley really made an impact by resurfacing our decks; fixing leaking pipes, showers, toilets; and beginning the plans for our new outdoor patio. The students enjoyed the fellowship with their American brothers and the team thoroughly enjoyed the camp and the praise times. Additionally they got to visit some of the pastors’ local churches and Garland brought someone to know our Lord through his sharing of the Word.
Joe James remains with us and we may not let him go as he is an expert at anything related to construction and a pretty good Bible scholar himself. Joe designed our new patio and fireplace and is working with a local construction crew to make it a reality.
Really there is not much Joe cannot do from being a servant leader to helping out by giving suggestions on our water erosion and filtration issues. At the camp, he is a soft spoken saint and we all love him as we did Scott, Mitch and Garland. God is so awesome to send these men that we met at Scott’s Bible study just a few months ago. God truly had plan for us to meet them so He could nudge us to ask them to come.
Tonight the long awaited youth team is coming to Kenya. There will be 25 of them plus Rene a friend of Elissa’s. Jason Scott the youth minister will be bringing 16 youth and 9 adults to work with some of the pastors at an orphanage, local church and schools. Also, they will manage a community-wide sports day coordinated by Brent Brannen, a missionary intern here this summer.
Picture this Saturday as we have 2 acres of outdoor relays, chalk drawings, truck tug, Strongman contest, SpeedTracs demo, and much more in a day dedicated to showing the love of Christ and sharing His joy through friendship, sport and worship. We will have more to come on this.
Thank you for your support as our latest upgrades would not be possible without you. Each enhancement in the infrastructure takes us a step further toward our long term goal of sustainability through commercialization of our camp for mission groups and corporate retreats. We are sharing together as God designed the church by pooling our spiritual and physical resources and deploying them to serve, educate and encourage God’s children through the giftings of our supporters and short term mission visitors. Asante Sana to all of you (Swahili for thank you very much). We hope you continue to pray and support our efforts and who knows, maybe come on a mission trip here one day.
We know you all would love to get to know each of our new students, so we asked them to write their name, where they are located, what their ministry is and why they are passionate about it…
Paul Juma Wanjira
“I am a leader both in church and small groups and am involved in the administration of the church. My passion is to become a pastor because I feel like I have a heart of sympathy.”
Lydia Muthoni Wachira
“I am passionate about reaching the unreached community who have not yet known about Jesus Christ.”
“My wife and I pastor a church called Stones to Rubies Ministries. Our calling is to rebuilding, restoration and renewal based on Isaiah 61:4.
Our core ministry in marriage and we call it “Beyond I Do…” We do premarital and marital counseling as well as prepare singles for dating and to focus more on marriage as opposed to the wedding day. We have written a book to that effect, “Beyond I do…It’s more than just words.”
I’m passionate about marriage because it is the nucleus of the church and the cohesive fabric of the society and a healthy marriage will result in a fruitful family and translate into a strong church.”
Raisi Matthew Leisioro
“I have a call to spread the gospel to unreached in Rendille land and all over the world.”
Jane Wambui Maura
Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa
“I am a pastor’s wife and am involved in the ministry of the church. My passion is to see people grow in Christ. This motivates me to teach in the youth and women’s departments in the church.”
Lucy Wangui Mwangi
“Myself, I was not counseled and I got married blindly. I became passionate in it because I don’t want them to do that like me. I want them to know what marriage is and all it entails.”
“My area of my ministry is mainly to equip the youth to face the world in confidence. In Kiambu, the outskirts of Nairobi, young people are dying when still young because of drug abuse and drunkenness. My future plan is to buy land and build a polytechnic school for training youth in various professions.”
Teaching and leadership training and church planting
“My passion stems from my own personal experience both in the upbringing and marriage life. Also, through the realization that in order to transform the generation, we need to reform and rehabilitate the young people who act as a seed for tomorrow’s healthy and morally upright generation and society.
I also have a ministry called the Arm of Hope who aim and objective is to reach the hurting and vulnerable persons in the society with the hope and love of Christ using The Good Samaritan strategy as in Jeremiah 31:15-17 and Luke 10:30-37.”
“I am called to feed, to protect the flock of God. I lead children and youth to know more about the kingdom of God and to come out from captivity of sin and become children of God. Also, to know more about the kingdom of the living God. I believe that God is able to save his people from the powers of the devil.”
Evangelism, Pastor, Intercessor, Worship
“I chose evangelism so that I can reach those people who have not come across the word of God. Pastor because I wanted to heal those who are wandering in their heart like widows, singles, orphans and others. Intercessor because I want to pray for the people of God and I know through prayers I can reach many. Through intercession I have seen God opening great doors.”
Irene Naro Lordo
“I felt a calling form God to this ministry to teach and grow children in a God fearing way.”
“I have a big vision to improve the spiritual growth in Christianity like starting an orphan/disabled center, chidren’s home, church hospital, and church library. As God will provide in his riches and glory!”
John Ndubai Kamau
“I have a call for street families because the Lord himself rescued me from the street. I am a former street boy for about 18 years (1992-2010) and also recovering from drug addiction, mainly heroine, for about 10 years.”
Rahab Nyokabi Maina
“I am a pastor’s wife and I teach woman more about the word of God and am a Sunday school teacher.”
Pastor and Teacher
“I am passionate about my area of ministry because God has called me, anointed me, trained me, and it’s my joy to impart on other what God has deposited in my life—for God’s glory, Amen.”
“My area of ministry is pastoral and also missions to the unreached and poor pastoral communities like Maasai, Samburu, Turkana in our county. I am passionate about them because they haven’t been reached. I want to see them know God and change from their traditions and cultures of worshipping idols. I would be satisfied to see them educated and reached.”
Evangelism and Children’s Ministry
“I like people giving their lives to Jesus Christ. This touches my life more than anything else. I understand that children are also called to salvation. Children are facing a lot of problems so they need a solution for their lives which can be found in Jesus Christ alone.”
“I am passionate about my ministry because I feel I stand a chance to reach all groups in the church like women (married, single, and widows), children, youth, and men. I am thankful to DPTC for giving me a chance that I will be able to reach the unreachable.”
Abraham Wakahe Mathenge
Evangelism, Youth development, Pianist
“My passion in the ministry is to reach the unreached with the gospel of redemption to fulfill the great commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Pastor in Kitengela with Kingdom Seekers Fellowship Ministry
“My main mission to be in Kitengela is to accomplish the will of God in Kajiado county, a Masai Land, to deal with immoral things and traditional bondage, and I desire to build a mega church, whereby it will be a church and a training school of young and old people to know about the true God. And to raise a generation of God seekers in Masai Land.”
Pastor Associate/Pastor’s Wife
“I believe in upholding the vision on my husband, working together, and also helping believers that which the Lord has ordained for them. I am not comfortable in seeing people living in a life that does not please God and I like seeing a person change and grow as far as the kingdom of God is concerned.”
“I am passionate about missions because God put this burden into me. This he did when I was in my last year of my studies in high school. He opened my eyes to see unprivileged people within our country and also the rest of the world who are doing without the gospel among other problems. For now I am a pastor in a church within home but I pray God to give me clear direction of where to be in the area of missions.”
“I am proud of being in this ministry and I am ready to raise the standard of holiness in the church. My mission is to reach the unreached tribes in this country (Boni, Awere and many others) and transform them from Islamic to Christianity. Amen, amen, amen.”
Children’s Sunday School, Evangelism, and Men’s Fellowship
“This ministry encourages me and keeps me busy.”
Samuel Kimiti Wachiuri
“Currently I am a leader in a newborn church at Kawangware Nairobi which is under Tandaza ministries and our mother church is Kileleshwa Covenant Community Church. The Tandaza ministries involve women empowerment and rehabilitation and also we have a vision of starting a soccer academy. My passion in that ministry is to bring up many youth from the street spiritually and also to reach out to the street boys who are addicted by every form of addiction like drugs and alcohol.”
Agape Fellowship Centre, Naro-Moro, Nyeri
“Called to pastoral ministry to lead, feed and protect the flock of God which He bought with His own blood. Equipping them for the work of the ministry to edify the body of Chirst and to come to full knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
It has been a great year for Divine Providence Training Center, and we have seen God move in amazing ways over the last twelve months. This past November, we had 27 friends from the US travel to Matasia to celebrate the graduation of our second class of 25 pastors, but this trip was so much more than just a graduation.
The trip was the story of an amazing adventure with God. It was the knitting together of 27 folks, all watching as God revealed His purpose and true glory for us all. It was celebrating with the body of Christ as God intended us to do over finding His lost sheep, and in how we, although 8000 miles apart, can make a difference when we just say “yes” to Jesus’ call.
The trip was to show us how we are all part of His story, and seeing the stories of those who have been transformed by the gospel—stories of pastors who are making a difference in the lives of their communities. The story of Mercy who boldly shares the gospel to HIV women and their affected children in a gangland area east of Nairobi, refusing to stop spreading the Word of Salvation when her family’s lives are threatened. The story of pastor Stephen who, because of his training at Divine Providence and skill in inductive Bible Study training, is now the head of a 20 pastor coalition working together in their churches to dig deeper into the Word. The story of the RUMC praise team sharing their uplifting music and giving their testimony to over 50 young local men and women, telling them how Jesus loves them and wants to be there to help them in their addiction.
The members of our team each day walk the streets of North Atlanta Georgia, yet for a brief ten days we were able to relate to what it means to live in Kenya and to be a citizen in God`s Kingdom. We had a time of mountaintop worship and prayer. We traveled and walked on rutted and muddy roads. We pushed a bus up a hill, and a few souls closer to Jesus. What we experienced was how God works through and around us in our self-sustainable retreat center named Chemi Chemi, meaning “Living Water.”
Our trip started with viewing the fruit of investment in these pastors’ lives, the story of what happens after graduation. A glimpse of how their training is impacting lives is best seen in a small church not far down the hill from our retreat center. This visit was to pastor Samuel`s church. Pastor Samuel was a former alcoholic and robber who came to Christ in prison. God told him He would provide training and he soon found our school, where he was able to receive training he could not afford based on his resources and education. After graduation, He felt called to plant a church near our retreat center. We visited his small, rented, make-shift hall two years ago and found a vibrant, standing-room-only congregation with the challenge of no chairs and only one man worshipping with fifty women and thirty kids. Our team bought them 50 chairs. On this return visit, we found them worshipping in a new, tin sheet constructed sanctuary with fifteen men, seventy-five women, and fifty kids all praising with even the smallest and poorest putting a shilling in the basket to tithe for the King. We saw the power of the gospel with two men coming to Christ, and one drunk man crying out for prayers. Additionally, they have bought another 50 seats. We realized as the week continues that this church represents the story of many, and there was not a dry eye on site as we washed the hands of new graduate pastors and put them into service for Our Lord.
Your donation is not idle. Your prayers for this ministry at Divine Providence are being answered. We are seeing thousands added to Christ`s body and witnessing firsthand how we can be a part of making passionate disciples for Christ. The purpose of our trip was to encourage former students and celebrate the new graduates. But what happened was more. Not only did God open up His glory on the mountainside at Camp Chemi Chemi, our retreat center, He let each of our team experience Him in different moments in their ministry and our collective worship.
Yes, it takes money to finance Divine Providence and time to visit, but the eternal outcome is the building up of people and churches that know that walking with the Jesus is worth it. As Dr. Long put it, “Well done Graduates. You are our legacy and the outcome of our efforts.” Together we can change the world for Christ. Today because of your investment we are making an eternal difference in the lives of over fifty communities and tens of thousands for today and for generations to come. As our next 24 students begin their training next year, celebrate with us and make an eternal investment that will keep on giving long after you give.
This past year your funding paid for all the pastors training, built a classroom, helped finish the well, install a generator, and finish the entryway. Job well done!
Next year funds go to cover the cost of:
So join in the Advent Conspiracy and Spend Less Give More. Honor the reason for the season. Let’s remind ourselves that this season is about what was given.
We hope you will join in praying for us, and if you are a RUMC member, you can honor Christ during Advent Conspiracy by sending a donation to RUMC marked Divine Providence or go to our website www.providencetrainingcenter.org and donate online to National Christian foundation who sends our non profit funds. Both are tax deductible. Thank you for your faithfulness in little. From it He will yield much.
Divine Providence Training Center is now accepting applications for our next class starting in February 2013.
To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following requirements, complete our application and attend a pre-admissions interview.
Current Class Has Been Filled.
The August school was a very unique session like no other. The students participated in sessions on Inductive Bible Study taught by long time missionary and recognized expert in the field, Eric Miller. They also received training in Conflict Resolution and Management taught by Dr. John Brown Okwii. Dr. Okwii has a Ph.D in Theology and Conflict Management Studies. He is the president of LAWNA Theological Seminary Jos, Nigeria, and also chair of Conflict Management Studies.
Mercy was a member of the first Divine Providence Training Center class. She and her husband have founded a church in the Eastland area of Nairobi. This area is heavily Muslim and dominated by a gang called the Mungiki. In spite of the challenges, Mercy and her husband, Frances, continue to minister and grow their church in this community.
The July mission team had a chance to meet and pray with them and hear testimonies from members and children. One new member used to be a gun runner for the gangs until his child became involved in the church and led both him and his wife to Christ.
Mercy and Francis are reaching the community through outreach to women and children and have recently begun ministering to those in the community who are considered outcasts because of health or disability issues. Mercy and Francis truly model the love of Christ for those around them. In doing so, they continue to draw the wrath of the gangs, so please pray for their continued success, strength and safety.
Samuel was a member of the first class of Divine Providence Training Samuel continues to grow his congregation in the Matasia area near Camp Chemi Chemi. His church has doubled in size since last year to over 150 members. Samuel is developing a bond of trust with the community. In July, our visiting team hosted a Sports Day for over 250 men, women and children from the surrounding community to introduce them to the Camp and share about our mission. Samuel and his church were instrumental in spreading the word and bring others to this event. Samuel and his church are living examples of the difference we are making through the Divine Providence Training Center.