It is Saturday evening and John and Frank and I are back in Nairobi. We finished the conference in Matete Friday evening with about 130 pastors and church leaders in attendence. We spent the week teaching through Foundations of the Faith with these wonderful people who thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to study God's word in depth. We had many new people at this conference who had heard of the ministry API is doing in this area and came to see for themselves. One of those turned out to be an excellent interpreter named Pastor Samuel Ndege. He sent me a note shortly afterward saying, "Praise the Lord, Pastor Mike..I write to thank you so much for allowing God to use you in a mighty way. The members of my church who attended the conference and myself have been so much illuminated by the teachings. And the book "Word Centered Church" is quite revelational. Thank you so much.We continue to pray for your ministry, Pastor Mike. May the almighty God bless you indeed. And once again, thank you for allowing me to minister to God through your ministry."
I was blessed to have a team of teachers at this conference to help with the speaking. Pastors Moses, Reuben and Shadrack all took turns teaching these pastors.
One pastor traveled all the way from Lamu, on the coast of Kenya, and another rode a bus from Uganda for 11 hours to be here. Both are students of API School of Ministry and really wanted to get some in-person training. Pastor Ezekiel from Uganda is one of our Biblical Counseling students who is ministering in the refugee camps there; and the other is Pastor Amoss who is in our Master's program and ministers among the Muslim population in Lamu.
Pastor Amoss (on the right, with Pastor Samuel Ndege on the left)
As always, we had daily Q&A sessions which really were the highlight of each day. What was especially gratifying about these was the fact that Moses, Reuben, and Shadrack were there answering questions along with me. I thank God for the growth and maturity I was seeing in these brothers as they answered some really hard questions from the delegates.
Every day I had an opportunity to meet with pastors during the breaks between sessions and hear about their life and ministries. And they were almost over the top in expressing their thanks to API for coming.
We enjoyed a lot of singing throughout the conference.
Friday we took a group photo just outside Pastor Moses' church. The church has bought the rest of the land that extends to the road as you look past the back row, so they can expand their facilities. God is doing some wonderful work through this church, not only in Matete, but throughout the county and they are really growing.
Thank you to all who held us up in prayer and gave to make this conference possible! Just know that the gratitude of the pastors and church leaders for these kinds of learning opportunities is immense. As one pastor told me, "Through the ministry of APi, our churches are growing so much in the knowledge of God and the right teachings of the Bible. Tell your people that our hearts are full because of their love."