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Kenya

Kenya celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its independence in 2013. Kenya has the largest economy in East Africa. The violence that followed the 2007 national elections was a very troubling event for those who love Kenya, especially given the nation's importance. The national elections of 2013, however, marked a return to the peaceful transition of government, and most Kenyans are looking forward to the future with confidence.

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Photos of Kenya

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ECLEA in Kenya

ECLEA personnel did their first teaching in Kenya in June 2007. We returned in August of that year. Since that time, ECLEA has been very active throughout Kenya. Most importantly, we have established a good and growing inter-denominational and inter-tribal ECLEA-Kenya committee of pastor-teachers. The fact that we insist on being inter-tribal is particularly important in Kenya which has 42 tribes and where, although sometimes unspoken, tribalism is an important issue. The ECLEA-Kenya team has been the most active of all the East African ECLEA teams in conducting all-African church leader trainings.


Here are updates from ECLEA's Kenya team concerning ECLEA's work in Kenya (older news accounts of ECLEA's work in Kenya and the rest of East Africa are located in the News Archive):


Fredrick Njoroge, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Fredrick Njoroge

Here in Nyeri and Nyandarwa region we are and will continue with this noble vision of ECLEA. On 27 Feb-1st March we conducted our first conference on Forgiveness & Reconciliation which was very successful. Our first day was so good for we had twenty participants but the following day only (15) of them turned up.

A number of questions came up and by using the manual and collective interactions we managed to satisfy them, to the extent of the majority asking the course to be repeated next time. All the manuals I had prepared were bought, which was very encouraging. This time I had produced a book kind of manual, though it has small letters.

Here are some photos of the conference:
      

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EQUIPPING CHURCH LEADERS EAST AFRICA TRAINING REPORT--NAIROBI REGION
(Thursday 8th  – Saturday 10th  March 2018)

Team Leaders: Reverend David Njeru & Reverend Peter Mwangi
Course: 1st Timothy
Venue: Jesus Mountain of Joy Ministries Church – Kawangware (Sokoni)
Number of Participants: 11
Denominations represented:
   1. Jesus Mountain of Joy Ministry
   2. Transformation Ministries
   3. Springs of Love Ministry

Summary & Highlights:
      This meeting was to be done in February in another location but the host pastor’s church was demolished as the plot where the church stands has ownership dispute though the church is not involved since they have leased the place from the same landlord.
      Generally, the participants were enthusiastic with many of them confessing that even though they have ever read Timothy, they never saw it in that manner.

 
Several of the participants with their ECLEA manuals     

One participant confessed how he was addicted to betting and even though he at once won some money – he never knew it was a trap. He realized the money he spent was more than what he won. It was a turnaround in his life.
                                           
                                                        Peter Mwangi teaching during the conference                                David Njeru teaching

      During day two lunch break, Rev David Njeru asked the lady who served us lunch if she would consider living joyously in eternity. She answered in affirmative and she was led to Christ. She promised to join the host church. 
                                                           
                                                               Phyllis, the lady who gave her life to the Lord!

      ECLEA is making a very positive impact in East Africa. We appreciate our director Jonathan Menn and the Kenyan leadership led by Apostle Ernest Mwlistsa. 

Prepared by: Rev. David Njeru – March 10, 2018

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James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

James Kamau

Report of Wanjohi Nyandarua 1 Timothy Conference on March 21-23, 2018

The meeting had 14 participants representing 9 denominations. Tom Mboya and I did the teaching.

Here are some of the testimonies of the participants:

Rev. Joseph Mbugua expressed his thanks for teaching on the qualifications of leaders. He felt that the course will go a long way to helping him to do his pastoral work better.

Rev. Joel Mburu learned of the importance of praying out of a holy life. He was happy to know that lifting of hands is not a necessary style of praying but indicates that prayer should be out of a holy life.

Rev. Beatrice Kanyi was also happy to learn of the importance of women serving in the ministry and also praying out of a holy life, which should flow from the inside to the outside.

Here is a photo of the participants with their books:

Respectfully submitted,

James Kamau

EQUIPPING CHURCH LEADERS EAST AFRICA TRAINING REPORT-NAIROBI REGION (18th – 20th April 2018)

Team Leaders: Reverend David Njeru & Reverend Peter Mwangi

Course: The Church: It’s Nature, Mission and Purpose

Venue: Jesus Mountain of Joy Ministries Church – Kawangware (Sokoni)

Number of Participants: 24

Denominations represented: 7

Summary & Highlights

One participant Raphael Kanyingi remarked that he never knew that a
church is not a building. This came as a surprise when he came to the
training and learned that Ekklessia is a gathering of people.

While doing a summary, the church government took the top most
position as the most influential lesson out of the 3 days. However, it
was emphasized that the combination of the three could be the best
with the leadership of God (theocracy) taking the central place as the
best.

Child baptism and the Lord’s Supper also took some considerable time
in discussion as many brought in different experiences of the same.

Prepared by: Rev. David Njeru – April 20, 2018

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This is my third conference this year [Forgiveness & Reconciliation, May 2018]

This course was one of the best conferences and most encouraging because:
     a. We had 22 people in attendance who were strictly the key church leaders [pastors, elders, deacons deaconesses]
     b. They all went home each with a copy
     c. Some of them demanded my contact for any clarification if need be.
  
I overheard them saying that they are going to plan another conference that will include other denomination that were left out. I am blessed by the way ECLEA is being received in this area.
      
I have attached a photo of the conference:

Rev. Fredrick [Nyeri/Nyandarwa region]

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James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator
james kamauJames Kamau

Report of Biblical Stewardship course taught at Memo Murungaru Nyandarua on June 27-29

Eighteen participants representing 8 churches/denominations attended. The delegates participated well and were eager to learn all that was being taught. Here are some testimonies:


The venue and participants

Pastor Gabriel Munyiri (host) commented that he learned a lot from the course. He particularly commented on the environment and said that the people around were cutting trees haphazardly which might cause a big problem in the future.

Rev. James Kihara said he learned a lot, especially on worship as a way of life for all days and in everything we do. He said it was also important every time before prayer to begin with worship. He commented that it makes prayer powerful.

Mrs. Gabriel Munyiri commented on the blessings of the meeting. She said she had enjoyed every part and had learned a lot about how to organize and plan herself. She was particularly touched by the fact that she should be a good steward of everything.


Participants with their books

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James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator
james kamau
James Kamau

Report on Marriage & Parenting meeting held at Kawangware (Nairobi), 22-24 August, 2018.

The meeting went on well. The teachers were James Kamau and Monica Wambui. There were 16 participants representing   6 churches/denominations.

The participants actively contributed to the meeting:

Bishop Michael Mwangi commented that he had benefitted from the teachings in a great way. He said he had been strengthened and sees the need to teach the course to his whole church as a means of strengthening families.

Pastor Joshua Njagi saw the need for every spouse to see his or her own weaknesses and not to see themselves as superior to the other spouse.

Mrs. Catherine Mwangi said she had been particularly blessed by the communication topic. All should speak the truth at all times. She also saw the importance of listening to the other person and she should not dominate the conversation.

Pastor Joseph Mgandu learned the importance of forgiving his wife always and not to hold any grudge.

                                                         Here are two photos of the group:
     
                                               James and Monica, the two teachers, are front row left and second left

Respectfully submitted, James Kamau

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Barnabas Mpekethi and Michael Taari, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinators
    
Barnabas Mpekethi                   Michael Taari

A Great Development for ECLEA!

I would like to let you know that after entering into a MoU [memorandum of understanding] with Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College in the month of July this year, I decided to establish a lasting ECLEA Center in Karatina Town (Central Kenya).

Today the first class in our center commenced with a good number of Bishops, Reverends, Pastors, and church leaders. The class will continue for two good years. The students will graduate in your presence if our Heavenly Father wishes.

I invited Bishop Michael Taari and he taught them very well. We did the Forgiveness & Reconciliation course. All the students in class were amazed and were asking good questions. Some of them are from our universities but have never understood what forgiveness is and what forgiveness is not.

Finally I personally bless God, because there is continuity and sustainability of ECLEA in Kenya.

Bishop Barnabas Mpekethi

Michael Taari adds:

Today we were privileged to be part of writing history for ECLEA. In the history of ECLEA today we were able to have the first ECLEA Bible school class in partnership with Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College taking place at Karatina, organized by Bishop Barnabas.

I become the first lecturer in the history of this school where I took 21 students through the course on Forgiveness & Reconciliation. It was a great moment. This is a great vision over 10 years now; we are seeing the fruits.

Michael Taari

Here are photos of the inaugural ECLEA-NPBC class:

                                
                                     Bishop Barnabas                  Michael Taari                                Michael Taari teaching the class

   
Members of the class studying

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Fredrick Njoroge, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Fredrick Njoroge

October 17, 2018:

I am still on fire making sure that ECLEA vision in this region is realized. Last weekend I had my fifth conference this year which was very successful [Forgiveness and Reconciliation] and very encouraging. We had senior church leaders of this area in attendance. The attendance, interaction, and desire to know more was the order of the day.

It has been our prayer that the good Lord will touch as many donors as possible to come on our way for this noble work. I have attached two photos for the conference.
                    

God bless you, Fredrick Njoroge, regional coordinator

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