|Top row left to right: John Renner, John Van Deman, Erik Hansen, Grant Bomze, Tony Moraros, Nathan Chan Bottom row left to right: Mike Smith, Peninah Mwaniki, Bruce Johnson, Cyndi Nolasco, Sylvia Johnson|
e are very excited to tell you about our short-term mission trip to the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST) in Kenya that is coming up in February (January 31- February 16, 2003). Our trip will focus on installing a modern network, and high-speed internet access. We will also bring and install new research software and library content, as well as conduct training and workshops for students, faculty, and staff on a variety of applications.
We would appreciate your prayers, both before we leave and while we are in Kenya. It is our deepest prayer that the people of Africa will come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and that as they come to know Him they will have trained pastors to shepherd them and help them mature as a nation of Christians.
Africa has seen an amazing growth of Christianity in the 20th century almost half of the continent now claims to be Christian [D. McCain, The Church in Africa in the 21st century, African Journal of Evangelical Theology vol 19, no 2, 2000]. God is clearly at work bringing people to know Him. However, this growth poses great challenges to develop the new converts into fully mature disciples of Christ. Many churches have no pastor, or have a pastor with no formal training. Many pastors lead several congregations. There is a great need to promote excellence in African Christianity by training and equipping African pastors to "rightly handle the Word of Truth" (2 Tim. 2:15) and to reconcile the astonishing spiritual revival against the stark African realities of poverty, war, corruption, AIDS, and hunger.
NEGST was founded in 1983 and is the first African seminary to offer the Ph.D. degree. There are over 150 students from 20 countries all over the continent who have come to study, reflect, and prepare for the challenge of Christian leadership in their home countries. Over 260 NEGST graduates are now serving Christ throughout Africa.
We are excited about this mission and believe that our efforts will allow the NEGST community to use technology to more efficiently train the future pastors of Africa. Through this training we pray Gods people in Africa will have qualified leaders who will share the truth of Jesus Christ and His love for them.
Christian leaders will affect the future of many countries in Africa.
Thank you for your prayers and support,