Thought you might enjoy some photos of our class of 2014 hard at work. They are often up two hours before breakfast so that they can meet in the classroom to worship and pray together. Each night after dinner they meet again for worship and prayers…and then off to their tents for homework!
They were humbled and filled with joy to learn that many DPTC supporters have their photo-prayer cards and bookmarks. They feel honored and blessed that so many people are praying for them individually.
Thank you so much for your financial support and for your prayers for the students, facility and staff!
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.