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NEWS ARCHIVE

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2015 News Archive


October 19, 2015
James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

James Kamau

The Biblical Stewardship meeting was held from 14-16 October 2015 after a change of dates from the previous ones.
It was held at Abundant Grace Evangelistic Ministry Church at Naivasha Town. Teachers: Rev James N. Kamau & Tom Mboya. It had an attendance of 31 delegates.

The following denominations were represented: 1. Fountain of life Church; 2. Baptist Church; 3. Gospel Revival Church; 4. Abundant Grace Ministry Church; 5. Anglican Church in Kenya; 6. African Independent Pentecostal church in Kenya; 7. Bread of Life Church; 8. Life in Christ Church; 9. Glory Salvation Church; 10. Gospel Transformation Church.

 
James Kamau teaching at Naivasha conference

Reports:
Rev. Maina wa Maina our host Pastor said he has gotten saved and delivered as a result of the teachings. He promised to introduce us to his Bishop in Nakuru for other meetings there in future.

Rev. Murungaru from North Kinagop was greatly transformed. He promised to call us to their area for ECLEA meetings.

Pastor Peter Mureithi from Bread of life Church has been a Missionary in Botswana and now he is in Mozambique. He said ECLEA could be very useful there and he has invited us there. Personally I thank ECLEA for enabling us to do this great work of equipping the church in East Africa.


Naivasha participants with their books

Best regards, James N. Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya coordinator

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October 30, 2015
George Kariuki, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

George Kariuki

I would love to report of a First Timothy conference. I Timothy had 47 people and since we are doing these two in Murang'a, the logistics are okay. Teaching this course always seems new, and this time we had small group discussion about church as a family and real issues of divisions in a single local church between members especially in our Kikuyu area where even pastors preach in mother tongue despite having other tribes in their communities. The different denominations also are divided and do not work together except when there is a crisis. Paying of pastors is being embraced by pentecostal people and little steps are being made.

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November 3, 2015
James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

ECLEA Naivasha Karagita meeting report on Biblical Interpretation:
This meeting was held from 28th – 30th October 2015 at Mirera Sonland hall. The teachers were Rev James N. Kamau and Rev Peter Mwangi. It had an attendance of 26 delegates comprising of Pastors and leaders from different churches. Major denominations represented included the following:
1. Jesus Revival Gospel Church                         2. Glorious Mission Outreach Ministries
3. Fountain of life Church International            4. Jehovah Nissi Church
5. Catholic Church                                           6. 1st Baptist Church
7. Africa Independence Pentecostal Church      8. One Accord Church
9. Redeemed Gospel Church                           10. Christian Outreach Mission Worldwide
11. Glory Celebration Church

Reports:
Pastor Rachel from Redeemed Gospel Church said she learned the importance of going deep in to the Word of God in order to get the correct meaning.

Eric Wandera, a Sunday school teacher said he has now understood the meaning of figures of speech in the Bible and interpretation of texts.

Pastor Maina learned how to follow the thought of the writer, the time the book was written and the purpose and not looking at everything from our framework.

Rev Maina wa Maina from Naivasha town saw the importance of knowing about church doctrine and teaching it to the church.

We also had groups that were divided (workshops) and they worked on Mark 10:29 – 31 and 2 Cor 5:11 – 21 as their texts.
They then presented them through their secretaries and they did very well.

Best regards, James Kamau

November 8, 2015
Michael Taari, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

This year has been of more impact for ECLEA. Personally I have seen many of the pastors and leaders we have been able to train sharing wonderful testimonies in relation to the teachings. Regardless of the challenges I encountered in losing all my belongings, I was able to do the meetings. The participants well attended and were really thankful for what we are teaching.

Mombasa, Kenya-Biblical Stewardship (October 15-17)
One of the participants in the Mombasa training had this to say, “This kind of training is rare to get, but we thank God that ECLEA has been used of God to reach us.” We had 28 participants in this meeting. The churches were well represented, and there is clear indication that these leaders have a hunger for the word of God.

Voi-Sagalla, Kenya-Biblical Interpretation (October 8-10)
This meeting had an attendance of 30. When we were doing Biblical interpretation, most of the pastors confessed that most times they read Scriptures already with perceived idea, hence forcing the Bible to say what they want. In my view this course is very crucial to pastors.

November 12, 2015
Jonathan Menn, ECLEA Director

Here, finally, is part one of my report from my trip to Uganda and Rwanda which concluded 2 1/2 weeks ago. Part two will be posted tomorrow. The following was emailed from Uganda:

I have just finished a productive time here in Uganda. I now leave for Rwanda for a week. Here are some highlights:

KEST
I had a good meeting with the registrar of the Kampala Evangelical School of Theology (KEST). I will be teaching our course on Biblical Interpretation at KEST the week of February 8. We then talked of my teaching Christianity and Islam: Theological Essentials and Biblical Marriage & Parenting at later dates. Plans are proceeding for entering into some form of formal relationship between ECLEA and KEST.

Mukono: 1 Timothy TOT and Biblical Stewardship
ECLEA's Kenya national coordinator, Ernest Mwilitsa, joined me for a TOT to selected participants who had taken our 1 Timothy course last August and then for teaching Biblical Stewardship to a larger group.

1 Timothy was held with approximately 14 participants who attended the course in Mukono two months ago and also included Medard Arinaitwe who hosted me in Mutungo two months ago. It was a very profitable refresher session and included a lot of good discussion. This came at the right time as Bishop Sempala is planning on taking a small group of teachers in November into the area outside of Mukono to lead a 1 Timothy conference for church leaders who have never had this course and who have few opportunities for good, practical theological education.

Biblical Stewardship was held with approximately 20 participants including a number of influential Pentecostal bishops. As is often the case, much of the material was new, challenging, and identified key areas where the churches need to fulfill their mandate to apply Christianity in all areas of life. I was very gratified to learn that after we talked about stewardship of the body (including eating a better diet), one of the pastors reported the next day that he went to the market that night and bought a large quantity of greens. But he did more: he began clearing an area in his garden for planting vegetables so that he could defeat "the god of carbohydrates!" Praise the Lord!

ECLEA-Uganda (and Rwanda): on the move!
I believe we have at last found committed leaders to move ECLEA forward in Uganda and, unexpectedly, in Rwanda. Bishop Stephen Sempala who hosted me in Mukono has proven himself a good organizer, trustworthy, very sharp, and keen to train and equip other leaders. He already has plans for November and December. To complement him, pastor Francis Ngoboka, a Ugandan originally from Rwanda, who also teaches in a Bible College, has multiple contacts in Rwanda and frequently goes there, is ready, enthusiastically willing, and able to work with Bishop Sempala in both Uganda and Rwanda. I thank God for these good men and think that the future now looks bright for ECLEA in both countries!

I will plan on reporting back after I return home. Thank you for your prayer and financial support. Both are vital and both are appreciated very much. God bless you, Jonathan

November 14, 2015
Jonathan Menn, ECLEA Director

Part two of report from Uganda-Rwanda trip: Following my time in Uganda, I spent a week in Rwanda hosted by Bishop James Mulisa of Kigali. Here are some highlights:

Biblical Interpretation
We did two Biblical Interpretation conferences in the Kigali area. In Kigali proper we had approximately 24 participants at the Bishop's church; in the Kinyinya area of greater Kigali we had approximately 30 participants.

These conferences went well, although the second afternoon of the first conference was largely "rained out" (the noise of the heavy rain on the iron sheet roof was so loud that no one could hear). At both conferences there were several very intense discussions. Small groups and the classes as a whole wrestled with multiple passages. Key concepts included reading in context (both literary and cultural), being aware of our own "framework" that we bring to a text, and attention to genre (e.g., seeing that Proverbs are not laws, absolute promises, or guarantees). Much was challenging, but these men and women have such important roles to play that this course will prompt them to be more faithful to what God is actually saying to us in the Bible.

Preparing for the future
Unfortunately, because of language (most Rwandans are not fluent in English, and the Biblical Interpretation book is not yet available in Kinyarwanda), less that one quarter of the participants were able to purchase the book. However, Bishop Mulisa and his team will be translating it into Kinyarwanda (the national language).

The bishop also identified a number of very sharp people at both conferences who I plan on working with in the future and who can be part of the core of ECLEA-trained teachers in Rwanda (such as we have and are developing in the other East African countries). These conferences also enabled me to tweak my format in preparation for teaching Biblical Interpretation at the Kampala Evangelical School of Theology in February.

A postcript from Uganda
While I was in Rwanda I received an email from Bishop Sempala, my host in Mukono, Uganda. He not only outlined his plans for doing ECLEA trainings in November and December but added, "I keep hearing leaders who were in our meetings that they have started to eat vegetables and are planning to grow them. They found this to be right for them and their families. I'll be posting their testimonies to you as they come in."

Home
I will now be home until the last part of January, the longest home stay I have had in over eight years. My oldest son was married on october 31 to a wonderful young lady, and I have a number of ECLEA-related projects I will be working on.

With the year-end approaching, please consider making a special year-end tax deductible donation to ECLEA. The website (www.eclea.net) provides different ways to give online, or you can send a check either directly to the ECLEA office at 3701 N. Gillett St., Appleton, WI 54914 or to me at 714 S. Summit St., Appleton, WI 54914 and I will get it to Brenda, ECLEA's bookkeeper.

Thank you for your prayer and ongoing support. This vital work could not happen without you. Attached are some photos from this trip. I hope to see a number of you while I am home. God bless you, Jonathan

November 17, 2015
Obed Magoko, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Expository Preaching in Garissa, Kenya
I should say this with all boldness that my just concluded teaching on Expository Preaching has been the most satisfying. I left Garissa with a feeling that I have done the right thing in the kingdom.

Listen to this: I asked the present pastors how many of you prepare a sermon for your Sunday service and in an attendance of 27 only 2 have been doing it. The reason given by the majority was that “the Holy Spirit Will give us what say” (quoting Mark 13:11). Your notes address this issue.

I was able to see the reason why our churches are said to be "a mile Wide and only an inch deep." I mean if in my class 25 don't bother to prepare how then shall our churches grow and change and be more like Jesus?.

I like what one lady said, "My husband has preached for over 7 years and he does not prepare sermons as I have learned. From today and every Saturday I will be asking him before going to bed what tomorrow's sermon will be about. If he has none, then I will make sure he goes to the study. And in return will make sure he is dressed like a preacher before he leaves the house for I have learned the importance of appearance.”

In my opinion, if these pastors change as they promised me, then the church will have roots and be able to withstand the End time challenges.

1 Timothy in Kisimani, Kenya
Later I did 1 Timothy in Kisimani. I started on very low key with 12 pastors and 3 elders. The reason was that they had received the wrong information that I was coming to teach against what most do, Prosperity Gospel. I was able to go through the manual and by the 3rd day the number had risen to 32 among them 23 pastors.

The question of a church leader being in polygamy came up. The point was addressed according to the manual and the Bible.

Jonathan I really appreciate what you are doing to change the way church is done through your manuals and financial support without which these dear ones could continue doing it their way and by so doing make the church in effective.

Pastor Obed, ECLEA-Kenya, North Eastern Region Coordinator

November 28, 2015
Dickson Laizer, ECLEA-Tanzania national coordinator

Here is the report for the three stations we had been doing this November.

OLTUROTO
We had 36 participants of which 24 were senior pastors; 16 local churches and 12 denominations were represented.

There we had taught 1 TIMOTHY in the first day people were shocked at the end of end the last session when they said knew about the book Timothy in the Bible and we have teaching people things which are not true. We told them don’t point the finger to the Anointed of God, but to false teachers or prosperity gospel preachers. But just today we discovered what is the true gospel is. On the third day they promised to put it in practice by teaching in their congregations; then we gave evaluations for which I have to make the follow up soon.

WEST-MERU
We had 28 participants of which 21 were senior pastors; 13 local churches and 9 denominations were represented.

Also there we taught 1 TIMOTHY. There participants were so excited about the way the course had been very deeply explained and very applicable. Four bishops and five overseers promised that they will apply it by teaching their church leaders. They asked us to go back earlier to teach Biblical Stewardship.

MAKIBA
We had 34participants of which 22 were senior pastors; 13 local churches and 10 denominations were represented.

This is very remote area, very dry, and lacking water, but the pastors are leading big congregations without any formal Bible knowledge. We taught 1 TIMOTHY and at the last day they said we have been attending many conferences and seminars but never heard the teaching like this, which all flowed from one book of the Bible. They asked us to go back soon.

November 30, 2015
Frederic Harerimana, ECLEA-Burundi national coordinator

Frederic Harerimana

Report of the mission held in Muzye, Burundi from 16th to 20th November
From November 16-20, 2015 a five day pastors’ training on Biblical Stewardship took place in Muzye. This was the fourth training with those leaders. In spite of the unstable socio political security situation in this country, we praise the Lord that we were able to continue with this noble task we have started to train those needy and hungry pastors in the bush who are willing and committed to learn. We praise God for your prayers and your continuous support. We continued with the second part of stewardship.

The trainers
The training team was made by Rema staff and 3 interns from Light University of Burundi who are finishing their bachelor in theology. Before we embarked on the training with them, we took enough time (eight days) to train them, so that they can be acquainted with the training material. They helped in delivering the teachings as well as coaching the participants. This exercise was an opening eye for them and an experience to them as they are being prepared to stand in front of congregations and teach. The experience was different from what they have been undergoing as far as learning material is concerned. One of their comments was that the materials they had in their hands were different from what they are taught daily. They appreciated the fact that the material is a down to earth material, a practical one and seeks to address the character rather than the intellect. They lament that in most cases they are indoctrinated in their theological studies, especially when it comes to addressing the issues of their different denominations.

Participants/trainees
20 trainees attended the training among which 3 students who were absent during the last training due to various genuine reasons, were able to attend this time. One of our students was sent by his diocese to do theology in a college! Those who went into exile in Tanzania have not come back yet. 
 
We praise the Lord because of our group of trainees; unanimously the testified: “We have invited you to train us, we are committed to this learning, It is different and unique from those other workshops we have been attending in the past, we want to acquire knowledge, we do not want to remain the same, we want to be transformed in order for us to be able to transform our local communities. Keep in your mind that we are not university students; we wish to learn step by step, understand the teachings and practice what we have understood, then we will be able to transmit the message to our congregant.”

Stewardship topic is very important and foundational for church leaders. It has a strong basis on leadership and discipleship, which our pastors need in their daily activities and lives as leaders. In order to enrich the understanding of this subject, we had group discussion sessions whereby participants were able to share deeply and learn from one another. Be they trainees and facilitators, we found that this was very important as this is an adult learning.

The trainees were given an opportunity to overview and compare the difference between the OT and the NT. To their discovery, they realized that one and the only one law that the church of today in Burundi want to transfer from the OT to the NT is the law of tithe and misquote Malachi 3:10 and apply it out of context. Asked to how to change that, they said that it is very hard to change it as it is already ingrained in the minds of people and in the practices and traditions of the churches. However, they realized that if they were to teach their congregants to love God with all their hearts, spirit and mind and soul, as well as giving themselves first to the Lord and committing themselves to serving him, as Jesus gave himself wholeheartedly, they would gain much more in terms of giving and offerings rather than manipulating people into giving tithes.

Thanksgiving
We give thanks to our Almighty God who gave us this opportunity to go and continue the teachings. This training happened in a critical situation of insecurity in Burundi precisely in Bujumbura. Due to that, some roads going to Rutana were not passable. We had to use another safer road. Because of roads insecurity in some places, we used another road which gave us an extra/excess of 40 km.  God protected us, protected our students and we had a wonderful time with them.

We regret however the fact that during this training, one of the key leaders who was also going through the training, lost his closest family member. This disturbed the training for some hours, because the funeral service and the burial took place the same day. However, after this sad incident, we continued with our program of training. Paul instructed Timothy to work in season and out of season.

Our Comments
There are considerable development and progress that was reported during this fourth training with this group. Participants are beginning to understand the learning process, how to take time to read their materials, and are beginning to grasp how good and unique this course is. They did not waste any time joking. They are getting on. How they worked in group discussions and their response during the training is a tangible proof of the seriousness they invest in the training.  Good enough is the results they got after we have given them a test. It is so much encouraging.

The future plan
This training is scheduled to continue next year February 2016. We are planning to have another similar group of students in the same vicinity. The innovation will be that with one stone we will be killing two birds, that is while some members of Rema staff will be ministering in one place, others will be in the other place doing the same training. This is done to increase productivity and to reduce the cost as Rema staff will be travelling in the same car.

Challenge
As already mentioned, there are few participants who are neither able to read or write well Kirundi our vernacular language in which we deliver the teaching. This becomes difficult to assess them or make sure that they understand what is within the book. Although they are learning slowly, we are doing our best to get them trained. We will teach them to an extent that they will be able to narrate what they have learned. Traditionally Burundi people are culturally and traditionally oral, and we shall give them an oral test/examination.

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December 5, 2015
Jonathan Menn, ECLEA Director

ECLEA 2015 YEAR-END REPORT
2015 has been a productive year for ECLEA. In addition to  training church leaders in East Africa, we broke new ground in different areas which, God willing, will yield significant results in the future.

Jonathan's work in East Africa
I made five trips to East Africa in 2015. I am typically in country about three weeks then home for six or so weeks where I spend most of my time researching and writing ECLEA-related materials.
     * This year I did 23 training events. I have found that the impact of what we do is greater by interacting with smaller groups rather than doing large conferences; there are fewer distractions, and the time for discussion and Q&A is maximized.
     * The courses I led were as follows: 1 Timothy--8; Biblical Theology--5; Biblical Interpretation--3; Biblical Stewardship--3; Expository Preaching--2; Forgiveness & Reconciliation--2. There were a total of over 420 participants.

All-African trainings
ECLEA's name accurately sets forth our mission and purpose: we equip church leaders in East Africa. We equip them with good teaching and good written materials for a purpose: so that they can equip others. That is what Paul tells us we should be doing in 2 Tim 2:2 (cf. Eph 2:8-10).

Consequently, the heart of ECLEA's mission is the faithful men and women with whom we have established relationships and have taught. They reach church leaders in places I can never go; and they do it effectively, because they speak the languages and know the culture and conditions of the people far better than I ever can.

According to my records, in 2015, ECLEA's East African pastor-teachers led the following all-African ECLEA trainings (in fact, some of these are ongoing this month):
     * Kenya: 1 Timothy--33; Biblical Stewardship--33; Forgiveness & Reconciliation--16; Biblical Marriage & Parenting--12; Biblical Theology--5; Expository Preaching--5; Biblical Interpretation--3: Total--107.
     * Tanzania: Biblical Stewardship--26; 1 Timothy--14; Expository Preaching--3; Biblical Interpretation--2; Biblical Marriage & Parenting--2: Total--47.
     * Uganda: 1 Timothy--4; Biblical Stewardship--1; Expository Preaching--1; Biblical Marriage & Parenting--1: Total 7.
     * Burundi: 1 Timothy--3; Biblical Stewardship--1; Forgiveness & Reconciliation--1: Total 5.
     * Rwanda: 1 Timothy--3.
To read about the work that I and the ECLEA-East Africa team are doing as well as see pictures from many of the events, please visit the "News" page of the ECLEA website: http://www.eclea.net/news.html.

New developments
In addition to the above work, there have been some important new developments in several areas:

     * ECLEA in SOUTH SUDAN! ECLEA-Kenya teachers went to South Sudan in June, September, and are there again now. In South Sudan they taught 1 Timothy and Biblical Stewardship four times apiece in different cities and towns to a total of almost 200 participants. Additionally, ECLEA-Tanzania teachers returned to Democratic Republic of Congo where they taught 1 Timothy, Biblical Stewardship, and Biblical Marriage & Parenting to over 230 participants.

     * ECLEA began working to establish formal relationships with recognized theological schools in East Africa whereby our material could become part of their curricula. To that end, I met with the Principals and Registrars of Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College (NPBC) and Kampala Evangelical School of Theology (KEST). Both schools are impressed by our material. KEST has invited me to teach our course on Biblical Interpretation at its main campus the week of February 8.

     * New books and translations. In early October I completed work on Christianity and Islam: Theological Essentials. 2015 also saw the translation of Biblical Theology into Kiswahili. I am now in the final stages of re-formatting my book, Biblical Eschatology, into the ECLEA format. These and all of our written materials are available on the "ECLEA Courses" page of the ECLEA website: http://www.eclea.net/courses.html.

Other happenings
     * Uganda & Rwanda: We have now gotten some good people to spearhead the work of the ministry in Uganda and Rwanda. Things had been in a low state in those two countries since my leaving EPI 2+ years ago, but now the future looks bright!

     * ECLEA presentations: I gave presentations about ECLEA at two churches this year. One of them (audio and written, with photos) is available at the end of the "ECLEA Mission" section on the "About ECLEA" page of the website: http://www.eclea.net/about.html#mission.

Testimonies
Wherever ECLEA teachers go, the participants report that we are making a big difference. Here is a small sampling of the comments from East African church leaders who attended ECLEA training sessions in 2015:

     * Kisongo, TZ: The host bishop said, "I attended different bible colleges here in TZ and Kenya and never heard this kind of teaching on biblical stewardship taught in this way. Now I've got the true teaching on what the Bible says about stewardship. This is the very teaching which the church needs as God's representative on the earth as His ambassadors."

     * Muzye, BU: "After the few things we have learned as we started this training, we have become conscious that we have been preaching and trying to teach only mistakes due to our ignorance. God forgive us. But as from now, we want to be well equipped."

     * Karurina, KE: "A lady shared with us how one day she was in hospital, bedridden, and how her in-laws ill-talked her, calling her a witch at a time when she really needed their support; it was so painful for her. But when she remembered what she learned on Forgiveness & Reconciliation she was able to forgive them and harbor no grudges against them."

     * Kiserian, TZ: Three of attending bishops said, “ECLEA is a messenger to the church today from God. Our experience of big numbers of members could be nothing without this teaching which changed our view and our church perspectives. We need you more than you think.”

Looking forward
Translations are ongoing, scores of all-African training sessions will be scheduled for 2016, and I will be returning to East Africa beginning the last week of January. Here's what you can do to make a difference:

     * We value your prayers and financial support. We are sticking to our plan for reducing our share of conference and TOT expenses; nevertheless, ECLEA's work and impact are expanding. Thus, your financial support is vital. Donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of your tax-deductible donations goes to the work of the ministry; nothing is raked off for personal support.

     * Giving opportunities: Giving can be done online through the website (http://www.eclea.net/contact.html); or automatic fund transfers can be arranged through your bank; or checks, payable to ECLEA, can be sent to the ECLEA office at 3701 N. Gillett St., Appleton, WI 54914. Please consider becoming a regular financial supporter of ECLEA.

     * To contact ECLEA's bookkeeper: If you wish to contact Benda Haase, ECLEA's secretary and bookkeeper, her office number is 920-731-5523 and her email address is office@ccappleton.com.

     * We value your input and suggestions. Please feel free to contact me with any input and suggestions you may have. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and financial support. God bless you, and may you have a wonderful Christmas. Without you we could not do what we are doing.

Jonathan Menn, ECLEA Director

December 6, 2015
Robert Mwago, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Yesterday we wound up our 2 conferences on Biblical Theology at Gatunduri and Karurina successfully.
The BT course is a bit difficult for starters, but all the participants really appreciated the importance of the course. We had a wonderful time together as we journeyed through the unfolding story of the Bible from the beginning in Genesis to the end (Revelation), highlighting the great landmarks of the journey, and not allowing ourselves to deviate along the way, even as we saw Jesus Christ enthroned, and that everything revolves around Him. It is amazing how the Holy Spirit backs the Bible when we teach it the way He has intended.

Delegates at Karurina were better in grasping the teachings, the reason being that we had done the Expository Preaching course in that place before.
 
These courses are doing in the lives of recipients more than I myself imagined. Our prayer is that God will continue to bless the work and the efforts involved in this great burden He has laid upon you. Otherwise, much appreciation for the great motivation you have been to us, and the great support you have given us. In terms of doctrine, finances, or otherwise, may God bless you with more. I also take this opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and a very prosperous 2016.

Take care, Robert

December 15, 2015
Francis Ngoboka, ECLEA-Rwanda coordinator

I would like to apologize for delay in report. Two challenges befell me: (1) I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of need for training and composing what kind of report to make; and (2) I got sick when I came back but am now healed.

We did 1 Timothy conferences in Butare and Nyagatare during the last half of November.

In Butare, four prominent denominations were represented and training was for three full days, 1 Timothy book was well done as evidenced by the scope of participation and later on positive remarks by all the members present one by one. Attendance was 19-22 persons per day. The request was that we should not delay but get on the second book as quickly as possible, which we scheduled for Jan 11-13, 2016. People are excited by the fact that the next book, Biblical Stewardship, is in Kinyarwanda.

In Nyagatare, five denominations were represented and attendance was 21 members each day for three days. Pastors and some Elders present were amazed at something that sounded new material yet many thought they had studied it before. The end of the seminar was characterized by excited confessions of THIS IS THE WAY TO GO, meaning teaching and a similar demand of making sure we get to the next book quickly. We chose Jan 14-16, 2016.

God bless you and may you have a wonderful Christmas. Francis Ngoboka

December 16, 2015
Stephen Sempala, ECLEA-Uganda coordinator

Greetings in His Name; trusting that all is well. Here are the updates both for Uganda and Rwanda. As l am writing this I am away in Kampala meeting leaders from eastern, western,  northern and central—in number they are 18 senior leaders. I am talking to them concerning ECLEA. Hopefully next year we are going to have meetings across the country. For this reason please allow me to give you brief updates of what has transpired in the last 1 or 2 months.

Starting with Buvuma Island, we did the training with Apostle Ernest and we had 23 leaders including a Bishop still from the East. We used ferry one day going and one coming back. Leaders were moved by such teachings; they said that they found a treasure.

When we got to Rwanda, Pastor Francis went ahead of me and he really did the work. I found him there and I left him there still mobilizing members for other trainings ahead.

The next meeting is going to be in Jinja in the week of Christmas. We have been changing our program because of the political atmosphere. Our hosting leaders at times changed the days as we have been having nominations for our political leaders in the areas where these meetings are.

Yours as ever, Stephen

December 17, 2015
Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

On 7th-9th Dec. 2015 we took the Biblical Stewardship course to Igembe. 11denominations were represented; the total number of participants was 31. Many pastors on the first day thought that we will talk about prosperity. When we continued with the stewardship of our bodies, for example how one ought to brush his teeth and also the tongue, great was the laughter in the house because someone in the room said that he washes his mouth once a week, i.e., Saturday only. All the other days of the week he is busy picking mirraa (khat).

What amazed me is when he told us that he owns a mirraa plantation, and since he pays a big tithe to the Church from mirraa sales, his Pastor elevated him to the rank of a deacon. Also, one of the Pastors present left the seminar before time because he has three mirraa plantations. He said that if we preached any other gospel he would tolerate, but condemning mirraa to him was an abomination.

One of the area subchiefs recommended us because of the stewardship course we taught the other time. He testified and said that his area has changed because mosquito breeding sites have changed into sukumawiki (kale) gardens. These are putting our teachings into practice!

On 10th-12th Dec. 2015 I took 1st Timothy course to Maua town. 33 Pastors and leaders attended our seminar; 7 denominations were represented. I felt moved and touched by the testimonies of 2 Pastors. When we taught chapter 3 about the qualifications of the church elders and deacons one Pastor started to shed tears. When I asked him why he was shedding tears he was unable to talk but the following day he requested us to pray for him since he had betrothed a certain lady and had sex with her once. His first wife was unaware of that demonic affair. We prayed for him but we will take him through the process of healing because he is a wounded soldier.

The other Pastor said that he was not above reproach since before he was ordained as a Pastor he had 3 children out of wedlock. He said that he will step down let another Pastor lead the Church. The two said that they have never read nor understood 1st Timothy the way we presented it to them.

Finally may the almighty God bless you because of the far you have brought us. I must admit that your teachings and the ECLEA courses have not only changed me but the whole region of upper eastern and the whole East Africa.

The Pastors told me to do reconciliation and forgiveness at the end of this year but I told them that I will be in South Sudan from 14th-23rd Dec 2015. We agreed that we will do it and Marriage & Parenting early January 2016.

Have a blessed Christmas together with your family and a blessed year 2016. We love you. I am leaving today (Dec. 15) for South Sudan.

Regards, Bsp. Barnabas

December 21, 2015
Frederic Harerimana, ECLEA-Burundi national coordinator

Report of the mission (Biblical Stewardship) held in Cankuzo from 7th to 11th December 2015

Introduction
A five day pastors training took place in Cankuzo from Dec. 7th -11th, 2015. This was the first training we held in Cankuzo. We praise the Lord that we were able to do this training, in spite of the socio security wrangles and upheaval in Burundi. The security in Cankuzo was good, the reason why many pastors were able to travel long distances from their communes and came at Cankuzo center. There were some participants who came from Ruyigi province, which is bordering to Cankuzo. We are thankful to the Lord for this noble task we have started to build the capacity of those needy and hungry pastors in the bush who are willing and committed to learning. We greatly thank you for your prayers and your continuous support. Had not been your support we would not have been able to hold this workshop.

In order to help these trainees to learn and understand well, due to their low (if any) education level, we divided the stewardship course in two parts. This time we taught the first part of it and in March or at the end of February, we will teach the second part. It is encouraging to see how these hungry pastors are following keenly these teachings. They are taking it not for granted but as an open opportunity that God has given unto them; and this is an answer to their unceasing prayers; having discovered that they need to increase their capacities and abilities in order to be effective in their respective ministries, churches and preaching.  

The trainers
The trainer team was made of Rema staff and 3 interns from Light University of Burundi who are finishing their bachelor in theology. This was done as we did at Muzye last training. These interns are finishing their internship with us within two weeks. But we hope that they shall come to attend the TOT when you come to train us.
 
Participants/trainees
33 trainees attended the training. They came from 3 main church denominations: United Methodist Church of Burundi, Elimu Pentecost Church and Full Gospel Church of Burundi. We were blessed by their passion and zeal to learn.

Testimonies

Superintendent: You are saving our church. Due to the situation of turmoil and hardships that the country has undergone in the past, so many people run away and went to Tanzania, others became IDPs (internally displaced people in their own country). During the time of Bagaza leadership, so many missionaries who were sponsoring seminaries and who were heads of Bible schools were ordered to pack and go back to their countries of origin. As a result, many churches were not able to send their pastors to Bible colleges who were outside Burundi. Moreover, during the mass killing of 1972 in Burundi, most educated people from “the wrong tribe” who were heading bible schools were massacred. This challenge went on until today; we are still picking up bits. Hence, this school has come as a rescue. We have been ordaining pastors who have no clue of what the Bible is all about and as a result, everybody gives out what he has. This cannot take our churches to a level of growth and understanding, and this is the reason why it is said that Christianity in Africa is one inch deep but a mile large. The world is becoming an island and technology is making inroads even in the churches. Pastors are called to minister to people who are much more enlightened than them, and as a result, they do not allow any literate person to lead on fear that they would take over from them and usurp their leadership. For these kinds of teachings, we give glory to God.

Responses from the trainees

Rev. NDIHOKUBWAYO FELIX (52 Years old): Please train more young generation who will replace us in the future. I thank Rema Ministries for organizing this training. It has opened my horizons in regards to my personal development as a pastor, development of my family and also my parish. For us who are here, we are becoming old. Therefore we ask that the same training to be planned and organized to our young people who desire to become future pastors. For example: evangelists, catechists and our young generation who are willing to be the servant of God in his Vineyard, and serving well our churches. We wish to be replaced by pastors who have a good knowledge in the Bible and rooted in the Bible.

Rev. MACONDO Philippe (53 years old):  My time has come. As I was following these teachings, I can affirm that they came for me at the right time. This is a great miracle from God he has offered me. I will follow it up to my graduation. My prayer is that this training may continue to equip the servants of God especially those like me who did not get the grace and opportunity to go to theological training. But I thank the Lord that this is my chance.

Pastor NIBOGORA Desire (37 years old): This training came as a revelation that I am only a manager of what the Lord has entrusted with for we all were born naked. Naked, we will go back to the earth we were formed from. I praise the Lord for what I have benefited from this first training. It is very interesting to see and understand what the Lord entrusted us with. I was so challenged to know that I am only managing all what God has created, all what I have, including my body and my time. I have understood that my responsibility is to be a good steward who will give an account to God and my community as a leader. Meanwhile, I pledge to put into practice what I have learned from this training. I cannot wait to attend the second part of this training on stewardship.

Our Comments
As we said in our last report  on Muzye 4th training, Stewardship topic is very important for church leaders; it  has a strong basis on leadership and discipleship which our pastors need in their daily activities and lives as leaders. Stewardship is a transforming topic.  Participants followed with lots of interests the training. We were so much encouraged.

Plan for the future
As said earlier from now on we will be alternating Rutana and Cankuzo.  Hence, the second training at Cankuzo will take place next year in the beginning of March of 2016.

December 28, 2015
Dickson Laizer, ECLEA-Tanzania national coordinator

This is a short report from among the 8 stations we have been doing ECLEA'S training.

NSHUPU
This area we had 42 participants where by four Bishop attended with their fellow workers who leads a big numbers of church members. Here we taught 1 TIMOTHY. Then they gave testimonies and said, “We are very astonished that we have been looking at the way we can face this big challenge ahead of us of these false teachers and false prophets without any good answers. But today ECLEA'S team brought us a very clear answer and enlightened us on how to defend the Church with the true gospel. We are going to teach to our church members everything we learned in this conference. We are pleaseed you welcome again to help us for more training.”

NGULELO
Here we had 36 participants there we taught 1 TIMOTHY and where the host bishop led in showing the big interest by saying, “I never heard this kind of teaching taught in this way for my thirty years of my ministry, i.e., having learn one book of the Bible--and the person I knew for so many years became a great teacher to wonderful and very helpful teaching” (by that he meant me).

Four overseers said, “We are healed from the sickness of prosperity because all of us were about to turn and act like them so we could prosper through the false gospel. So we would like to invite you to come and teach our church members because they will listen to than us thinking that we are jealous to those false prophets.”

MANYIRE
We drove about 36 km from then we reached the area where we meet 32 local pastors including 12 elders and deacons, so we had a total of 44 participants where we taught 1 TIMOTHY. They showed a big interest in learning ECLEA'S course and they showed up on time. They did a lot interactions with questions in the middle of teaching. I had to respond by answers them in short so we might be able to proceed, and it took us to end up at five o'clock in the third day.

The big testimonies among of the six overseers said, “The teaching is the deliverance to us because we could end up in hell as were copying the false preachers while thinking they had a new revelation. ECLEA'S teaching helped to see the true gospel which the apostles of the earlier church preached without looking any self-prosperity but the kingdom perspective.” They said, ”We are going to teach this to our church members so they be delivered like us.”

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December 29, 2015
Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

REPORT FROM SOUTH SUDAN! (part 1)

On 15th-23rd Dec. 2015 we have been in S. Sudan doing Biblical Stewardship course and 1st Timothy. The brothers and sisters in Sudan are appreciating what we are doing in their war torn country. Of the group that we started training from the first ECLEA mission to S. Sudan only one person who failed to attend but all the others attended.

We experienced a number of difficult things:
     1.Hyper-inflation is taking place at a higher rate, hence affecting the exchange rates now and then; for example, in the month of September this year we paid S. Sudan visa kshs 4800 but this time round we paid Kshs 9800.
     2. Due to inflation they have also increased bus fare almost twice the price.
     3. Food in the hotels is also expensive due to their weak currency and unstable economy.

But above all we are encouraged by the testimonies we receive from the Pastors and Church leaders every time we visit them. Our Churches supported us and we were able to meet the full cost of our budget. We also informed the S. Sudan people that when their economy will be stable they will also give hand.

I did stewardship course at Shirkat with 11 Pastors and 15 Church leaders. When I was teaching them on stewardship of time, and when we arrived to the time management matrix, many of them said that they have been concentrating with quadrant three (i.e., matters that are “urgent but NOT important”) as their next priority after dealing with quadrant one (i.e., matters that are both urgent and important) which is very wrong. We all agreed that the key to effective time management is to maximize our time in quadrant two activities (i.e., matters that are “important but NOT urgent”) so as to minimize the crises, pressing problems, and deadline-driven projects. We also held the TOT in Shirkat and we brought the guys together. We taught the Church stewardship and stewardship of relationships among others. Many said that they have never had such teachings since they were born.

We bless God because in S. Sudan there are very few prosperity preachers and in fact they are not the citizens of S. Sudan but from abroad and Nigeria. The ground is very  ripe for true doctrine. No other effective teaching ministry apart from ECLEA is changing the mindset of church leaders in this Country.
              
May God also bless all the ECLEA supporters because without your facilitation I don’t know where we could be since we were deceived by the prosperity and man-made gospel.

December 30, 2015
Thomas Mwai, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

SOUTH SUDAN (part 2)

Our trip to South Sudan was good apart from small hiccups here and there which we expected. I had to travel earlier (7th Dec.) than my two brothers (Robert Mwago and Barnabas Mpekethi) since I had a burial of a close relative to attend on 16th after which I was to host KMTC Embu students for mission the following day. My trip was okay apart from an impassable road due heavy rains especially on our way to Nimre the Sudan border.

We were also shocked when we finished our meetings to rumors of an explosion and at first we thought they have started fighting again, but we later learnt that the explosion was from Northern Sudan. We also had a problem in the border where they are no longer accepting any other currency than US dollars. That frequent changing of currency did not favor our visa budgets which came to almost twice what we paid last time. Their pound is declining dramatically and this is why we need a small amount above our budgets to cater for these unpredictable occurrences in this country.

STEWARDSHIP COURSE IN GUDELLE SOUTH SUDAN
We did a very successful Stewardship Conference which took off on 10th-2th. We had 19 pastors the first day but the number increased to 27 Pastors and leaders. We had a very spirited debate which did not happen until the second day because they first thought it was a lecture, but I took time to explain to them the way we teach in ECLEA.

Most of the places in South Sudan do not have toilets and as I taught the stewardship of environment the pastors saw the need of teaching their members and actually digging toilets. The only challenge to me was when a discussion came about the Muslims who go to the toilet with water instead of tissue paper. I allowed them to discuss since I didn’t know between us who had that culture. I didn’t take any position so as not to offend my brothers and sisters though I thought it’s hygienically not good.

Stewardship of time is not only a Kenyan problem but also a big issue in Sudan. I took time to explain the time management chart and as always people think they should spend much of their time solving crises. On behalf of myself and the Sudanese pastors, I thank you for the facilitation; may God continue using ECLEA to change the lives and ministries in East Africa.

Enjoy a wonderful and prosperous 2016. Thomas (ECLEA Missioner to South Sudan)

December 31, 2015
Robert Mwago, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

South Sudan (part 3)

Mine is to bring you highlights as pertains the South Sudan Mission.

First the challenges:
     1. The Journey by bus was quite long and tedious, and the buses there travel at an abnormally high speed; but on the other hand we were able to seriously connect with our Maker along the journey as we really needed Him desperately, all the time clutching the seat of the bus until we arrived. Lots of wind from the speeding  and battered busses caused us to wear three jackets. It was a health-hazard journey.

     2. The scorching South Sudan sun was able to tan our skins and for the first time I understood why people from the area have a darker skin than I.

     3. The bus-fare was hiked because of the festive season. 

     4. I was personally harassed at Nimre boarder by the South Sudanese immigration officials concerning my passport but they released me after a protracted tussle. They needed a bribe but when they realized I was a pastor they let me go. So much for that.

The conference was amazing: 
The Sudanese people are so hungry for the word of God that I felt so encouraged by it until I forgot all the challenges. I did Biblical Stewardship at Jebel and then we did a TOT on First Timothy at Sherikat with Barnabas. At Jebel I emphasized so much on Stewardship of Relationships as these people really need to know how to live with one another, and did they love it! The word of God is powerful to change this dear people to become wonderful men of God.

Thank you for supporting this work. I realized as I was teaching them that God has a greater purpose with them than I had imagined. I am ready to face all challenges to be with them in the future as God may allow.

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January 2, 2016
Frederic Harerimana, ECLEA-Burundi national coordinator

Why ECLEA is so valuable: A Report from a Burundian Pastor
Frederic Harerimana writes: "In our endeavor to build the capacities and equip church leaders, pastors and fulfill our call, vision, and mission, Rema Ministries embarked on training pastors/leaders in various subjects and courses developed by Jonathan Menn in his bid to reach out to East African Community through ECLEA: Equipping Church Leaders in East Africa. As ECLEA could not do it alone, it partnered with Rema Ministries which was already working on equipping church leaders. This is an excerpt of one participant to the 3 trainings we have already concluded in Rutana, Muzye training centre. This pastor hardly writes, one has to decipher what he writes with so many grammatical mistakes but can read the Kirundi language and especially the Bible. This is a text written by him in Kirundi but translated by Frederic into English."

Report of Pastor Nkengurutse Emmanuel of the Anglican Church

Introduction
There are so far 3 courses we have undergone. Those are Forgiveness & Reconciliation; 1 Timothy; and Biblical Stewardship. These courses did help me a lot. Indeed, I did understand what I was not aware of. In these courses, I realized that we had been intoxicated, and indoctrinated by cultures, traditions, and malpractices. Upon reading and taking part in these courses, it led and incited me to review my thinking, my approach, and to question everything we have been given or taught, using Bible lenses and review the way I used to think, teach and approach any subject whenever I know that I will minister and stand in front of the congregation.

1. The course of Forgiveness & Reconciliation
Before we embarked on that course, I did not understand what forgiveness is all about. I just used to recite it but putting it into practice was different matter altogether. I used to think that reconciliation and forgiveness means to forget the evil somebody has done to you. However, after your course, I realized that forgiveness does not necessarily mean to forget rather it means to let go the anger, and evil thoughts as well as revenge the victim would be harboring against the one who did wrong to him. The innovative thing I got is that I did not know that someone can forgive himself/herself. This was new to me. I read it on page 20 in the book translated in Kirundi.

I understood and discovered that there are five steps one has to undergo in order to forgive.
     1. To stick onto forgiveness
     2. To make a decision of forgiving others in front of people
     3. To give the gift of forgiveness to others.
     4. To suffer with the culprit
     5. To remember what happened.

What forgiveness does not mean: Forgiveness does not mean to call evil good, or to cover up evil, evil is evil.
What does forgiveness require? It requires the strength of the character, etc, I even today refer to it whenever I remember something that went wrong with somebody. Now, I am currently reading about the 13 steps we find on the pages 39 to 42 in the translated book in Kirundi.

2. The course based on the book of 1 Timothy
This course based on 1 Timothy did help me a lot. It did help me to prepare sermons and deliver them to people. I realized that based on 1 Timothy one can preach a living message, not verbally but practically. The message you preach should not be based on what you heard from somebody else or from somewhere else. I continue to read this course and whenever I do, I continue to discover new insights hidden in that course. I realized that this book summarizes everything we should be doing. The goal of our undertaking should be based on love. I noticed that the call is so important in everything we should embark on.

3. The course based on Biblical Stewardship
Due to what we had been taught I misunderstood a steward for a senior pastor. I did not know what a steward is and hence stewardship. I thought that a steward is somebody like a senior pastor, a bishop or a deputy pastor in those big churches. Now, I understood that a steward is somebody who has been entrusted with something that belongs to somebody else, to manage it, to control and rule over it. I understood that in this stewardship, one will have to give an account of how he/she will have used/ managed what has been entrusted to him. I understood in a new way what a talent is and how we will give an account to God with regard the talents he has entrusted us with.

On top of this, there is more important I understood and discovered: the stewardship of time. I understand that to lose time is to lose life, and to lose time is to lose money, to lose development, etc.

I discovered and understood six things we should care for with regard to the stewardship of oneself: these are: stewardship of the mind, stewardship of what we see, stewardship of the relationships, stewardship of the spirit, stewardship of the feelings, and stewardship of the body. I understood and learned about how to protect the arable land and the environment. From this, I planted 150 trees, planted fruit trees that will not only provide shade but also be a source of foods as well, and from one stone I killed two birds. One of the most important things I learned is to fight against wild fire which not only destroys the fauna but also the flora. 

January 5, 2016
Dickson Laizer, ECLEA-Tanzania national coordinator

This is a short report from among of 8 stations we have been doing ECLEA'S training (for the first part of this report, see our report of December 28).

NDURUMA
This place is 168km from Arusha. We had 33 participants and we taught 1 TIMOTHY. As a remote area, not one of the people had attended any Bible school; they just had been attending seminars only.

Two overseers said, “This seminar has been like a Bible school to us especially as we learn one book of the Bible and received our attendance certificates. This is a miracle to us. Please, we are asking ECLEA team to open a class here for us. It will be helpful to us because many of us we are not able to go to a Bible school.”

KIKATITI
Here we taught Marriage & Parenting together with George Kariuki and his wife, Lucy (ECLEA teachers from Kenya). We had 37 participants. Although our dates were interrupted by four people who died on the very date we were supposed to start our seminar and one of the them is the assistant bishop of International Evangelism Church and we were supposed to use one their Church building but finally we were succeeded to be there.

One the bishop said, “I have been attending and teaching about marriage but never heard like this one where the teaching touches very different areas of lives in depth. Our cultures and tribalism has been big in living a Christian marriage but ECLEA'S teaching is the key to a Christian marriage. This teaching is a need for the church today, especially church leaders so they may lead as examples.”

KISONGO
Here we had 41 participants. We taught Marriage & Parenting and this people showed a big interest. Husbands and their wives were attending frequently without missing a class. They said we want to be equipped so that we can equip our people with the right truth and taught by examples when they look at us.

MONDULI
Monduli is in the middle to the way to Babati and we taught Biblical Stewardship with 38 participants attending. One of the overseers said, “This teaching turns on my eyes to the light of the truth of the word of God. I thought prosperity gospel preachers are the people to be looked at and imitate their way of doing things as they say, ‘God did not create you and gave you salvation to be poor.’ Today I realize through ECLEA's teaching that I could be lost totally.” As we are going to end up tomorrow here we hope the big impact will take to place in this small town.

Thank for your great support in expanding God's Kingdom in Tanzania and East Africa. I wish you a happiest New Year.
Best regards, Dickson

January 7, 2016
Michael Taari, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

By the grace of God we are moving  on well with the work of God. The conferences went on well though a few changes were made this happened due to continuous heavy rains that hit most of the areas at the region.

The conference meant for Taveta was not done; I shifted this to Upper Taita where we had a good number of participants (28). They were really appreciative of the stewardship course saying most leaders fail because of lack of such key teachings.

The Malindi conference was very successful with 32 participants. The point of having a budget was something new to most of the pastors who thought that since they are Spirit filled they are led by the Spirit and having a budget is being carnal. As we continued, they understood and promised to start implementing right from their families.

January 11, 2016
Dickson Laizer, ECLEA-Tanzania national coordinator

On Dec. 31-Jan 2 we completed our training program at Kigongoni. We drove 78km and met people who are in a very great need for training. We had 38 participants representing 18 denominations with 13 local church leaders, and among of them we had 4 overseers.

The big testimonies were similar to other places. One of the overseers said, “We could perish in leading people to hell instead of heaven, because we were using our church tradition and imitate false preaching from these prosperity gospel preachers, thinking that we are right while we are not. ECLEA'S team came to turn us to the light from the darkness. Please we ask you to train us every month or after two month so we could be strong in the depth of the Word of God.”

January 20, 2016
Obed Magoko, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

I did Expository Preaching in Nguuni on January 6-8. We started with 19 pastors, 12 leaders and 7 members who were helping in the setting up of the meetings (logistics). We maintained the same number to the end, with about 7 more coming in between. I realized that 5 pastors had theological training before and the rest none; this was their first.

Asked how many prepare messages, none does; they wait for the Holy Spirit to lead them. Asked how many had a Bible with a Concordance, none had and many were hearing it for first time.

In the second center, Kisimani, on January 11-13, the story was much the same with little or no theological training.

I did ask a question as to how many plan what to cook. This caught everybody by surprise, since we do not put similar emphasis on planning the Preaching of The Word of God. I remember one Pastor in his early sixties who stood up in the middle of my teaching and said that most of Jesus’ teachings was on planning ahead. He requested we all repent in prayer for not planning the Preaching before leaving and we all did so.

One Lady said that by writing down notes one will be tied up to notes and therefore be stuck in one position and this would bore the Church. In answering her, I said that the thing is that one should not be tied to notes (I referred to page 24 of the Expository Preaching manual), but rather the Church must know what is next!

Thank you for your support. Obed Magoko, ECLEA-Kenya, North Eastern Regional Coordinator

February 9, 2016
Michael Taari, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

We are doing pretty good over here; the grace of God has always been so sufficient for us. My family is good we are expecting our fifth born in a couple of months!

ECLEA work is progressing well. The conference at Taveta was very successful. We had 35 participants, both pastors and leaders. It was a new thing for the group to do such a course (Biblical Stewardship). When they heard from the coordinating pastor about this, everyone was eagerly waiting to see what will be taught.

There was a heated debate when we were doing stewardship of money. Most of the pastors do not keep records on church finances. One of them said, “When money is brought to the man of God, he then offers the same as a burnt offering; hence what record will you keep for all is burnt?” But as we went on they came to understand the importance of it as stewards. Out of 15 pastors, only three do budget for the church, the rest don’t. Yet they have been pastoring for close to 10 years.

This was a worthwhile training for the group. God bless you. Michael Taari, ECLEA-Kenya coastal region coordinator

February 18, 2016
Jonathan Menn, ECLEA Director

Report from Uganda
I returned from three weeks in Uganda on Saturday, Feb. 13. Here is a brief summary of the trip:

We began with a worthwhile week in Masindi. The Masindi-Kitara Diocese of the COU (Anglican) has chosen 12 good people to be their core group of ECLEA teachers. We did Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation with them. (The 12 had earlier been part of a larger Biblical Theology class last year.) Both courses were enlightening.

BIBLICAL THEOLOGY
In Biblical Theology, we saw how the biblical storyline--how the OT is filled with "types" and "shadows" that are fulfilled in the NT--has implications in many areas. For example, one of the participants talked about how one pastor says that people should take their shoes off when entering the church building because it is a "holy place." I pointed out that that really was an "Old Covenant" way of thinking. In the Old Covenant, the Temple was a "holy place" in that the Shekinah Glory of God dwelt in a special way in the Holy of Holies of the Temple. In the New Covenant, however, we are the temple. We are a "living temple." No longer are there "sacred places or days," but God is wherever His people are, in all places and at all times. Our office or shamba (farm) or home is as sacred as the "church" (building), because, in us, God is present in our office and shamba and home.

BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION
In the course on Biblical Interpretation, we covered eight core hermeneutical principles as well as application of Scripture. In each teaching unit the participants either divided into small groups or as a whole discussed various passages of Scripture that are often misinterpreted, taken out of context, or misapplied. All in all, I think things went reasonably well.

Over the course of the week, the participants were exposed to (or confronted with) a vast amount of mostly new information. But they are committed to go out and teach others, both in Masindi-Kitara Diocese and elsewhere. I think this is a good group. The last day Bishop George Kasangaki came, spoke to us, and closed the training sessions. Having the support of the Bishop is important. In short, I am encouraged about ECLEA's presence and the future prospects within the COU.

Following my week in Masindi, I spent the last week in Mukono. We did a TOT (training of trainers) regarding Biblical Stewardship with 9 selected participants who had attended the Stewardship course we taught the last time I was here. Then we did Biblical Interpretation with those 9 plus 12 additional participants. Here are some highlights:

BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP
Ernest Mwilitsa of Kenya was to have taught this course with me. After he had purchased his bus ticket to Uganda, however, his son was admitted to the hospital in Nairobi for a medical condition (fortunately, he is OK now). Consequently, Ernest could not come to Uganda. Fortunately, Francis Ngoboka, one of the men I am working closely with here and who is also one of the leaders in Rwanda, taught this TOT with me and did an excellent job.

The thing that came through clearly is that Christianity is a wholistic faith and way of life. It is designed to affect and change all areas, e.g., how we treat the environment, our time, our bodies, our money. These applications flow from our biblical theology, e.g., "the earth is God's footstool" (hence, we are to treat the environment well); "we are the temple of the Holy Spirit" (hence, we are to treat our bodies well). The participants were all Pentecostals, and most Pentecostal preaching has stressed "spiritual" concepts (heaven, etc.). These participants were challenged, but I think excited, to see the great relevance of Christianity to "real life." I think they can be God's vehicles to bring significant life-change to their families, congregations, and communities as they teach and apply the things we talked about. Please pray for them as they set out on this great journey.

BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION
As in Masindi, we discussed 8 core principles of biblical interpretation and then used small group discussions to consider multiple passages in context. In this course, we looked at a number of Pentecostal "frameworks" (i.e., customary ways of looking at things based on what we have always heard) that the Scriptures challenge--when considered in context. There were several lengthy discussions about this, and the participants received this thoughtfully and well.

I was very impressed when, without being given a lot of time to read, think, and discuss, they were able to take a long passage of Scripture (1 Corinthians 13--the "love chapter") and see why it was placed where it was (i.e., between chapters 12 and 14 [its immediate context]) and also see how the larger context of the book affected what Paul was doing in chapter 13. In short, 1 Corinthians 13 is not the sentimental, "feel-good" passage as it is often portrayed, but is actually a sharp rebuke to a church that was gifted in many ways but was completely immature because it lacked the one essential thing: love. I think the biblical understanding and preaching by this group of church leaders will be different from now on, and that they will preach with much more depth and power.

I spent the last week in Kampala, teaching Biblical Interpretation at Kampala Evangelical School of Theology.

KEST
My nine students (some pastors, some preparing to be) and I spent fully-packed days, from 8:30AM-1:00PM (or slightly thereafter), Monday-Friday, working through the principles of sound biblical interpretation. We covered the most important principles of hermeneutics and exegesis, and spent significant time considering the importance of genre, biblical theology, and application. Every day we considered and discussed several different passages of Scripture, both long and short. I know that the students (from Anglican, Pentecostal, and Baptist backgrounds) were challenged, learned much, and will be better handlers and teachers of the Word as a result of this intensive course.

While I was at KEST, I also had a lengthy meeting with the Principal and Registrar concerning the next steps of what needs to be done in order to enter into a memorandum of understanding whereby KEST and ECLEA can work together in some more formalized capacity in the future. It was a productive meeting.

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February 20, 2016
Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

On 4th-6th Feb. 2016 we had a very successful Forgiveness & Reconciliation conference at Maua town. Eight pastors and 21 church leaders attended the conference.

As you know this town, the main cash crop is mirraa (khat) and all other drugs. As a result of the above, people kill each other now and then, creating room for great enmity and revenge. Whenever one revenges he or she counts it a great victory. I informed them that forgiveness is not weakness-to forgive does not mean that you lose your "dignity" or your "manhood".

Although we all agreed that the greater and more hurtful the wrong, the tougher is the act of forgiving, many of them said that it is hard to let someone go unpunished after committing crime. As we continued with the conference they learnt that even if you forgive you must allow the legal process to take place. I gave them an example of one brother who went to prison just to reconcile with someone who killed his brother, and even after reconciliation the guy was not released but he served his full term in jail.

We all learnt that without reconciliation we fail to show the world the single most important evidence of our being Christ's disciples. I shared with them how I was unable to forgive my father for 16 years because he chased me away from home when I got saved and sold all the assets and plots that he had allocated unto me before salvation. I taught them that iron sharpens iron and that is how a man can sharpen the countenance of his friend. I Informed them on the steps to follow: Decide to reconcile; After decision, Discuss and do not stand on your ground; After discussing Detoxify the poison; then Devote yourself in building the relationship. When I narrated how I forgave and reconciled with my Dad many of them went straight away to reconcile with their families and relatives. Great was the grace of God in the hall the third day.

They all promised me that they will impart the same to those who have never attended ECLEA courses. God bless ECLEA because it is a blessing even to the people you don't know. Three pastors said that they have never heard such teachings in the theological schools they attended.

Regards, Bsp Barnabas, ECLEA-Kenya, Upper Eastern regional coordinator

February 24, 2016
Thomas Mwai, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

We have been able to do two meetings and one of them is scheduled for next week, 25th to 27th Feb.

BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP AT KIGANJO THIKA
We did Stewardship course at Kiganjo Thika on 1st to 3rd Feb and we had a total of 23 Pastors and leaders. We took the course with Barnabas who joined us on 2nd due some other commitments he had. The meeting was relatively good and in particular the stewardship of environment with the pastors knowing their responsibility concerning nature and environment. Kiganjo has a lot of garbage and it’s chaotic when it rains and this leads to outbreak of diseases. Since these leaders may not be able to do much they agreed to start with their churches and homes by even mobilizing their members. We also had a debate when we came to the stewardship of relationships and we touched on many divorce cases even among church members. I taught the time management matrix and advised to use more time building relationships to avoid crisis. Otherwise we hope to go back there in the due course due to the need in that place.

STEWARDSHIP AT KIRIGITI KIAMBU
Our stewardship course at Kirigiti took off on 4th to 6th Feb with 19 pastors, but seven more joined us the second day. We were able to teach with Fredrick and another good teacher in my region and out of this meeting what stood most is the stewardship of time. This is mainly because we pastors are sometimes not good managers of time especially Pentecostals. Church and finances also came and again a challenge of church budgets with many pledging to introduce this. We will be doing Expository Preaching at Kangari and I shall report about it.

God bless you. Thanks,
Thomas (Kiambu/Aberdares ECLEA cordinator)

February 25, 2016
Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

On 8th-10th Feb 2016 I took Biblical Marriage & Parenting to Igoji Meru. Thirteen couples and two widows (total 28) attended the conference. I bless God because a big number of the participants came with their wives because I had instructed the host pastor to urge them to come with their spouses. In this region a man walking together with his wife on the streets is taken as something odd.

Some traditions here allow men to marry many women thereby violating the original plan of God concerning marriage. It is in this region where I met some church leaders who have got two wives. We insisted that an elder or deacon must be a man of one wife, However, no one is forbidden from being a member of the church even if he has two wives. I told them that if you got saved while having two wives you should stay with them, but don't add another one or mistreat either of them.

Many of the participants were saying that Abraham had many wives. I took most of time to put a distinction between OT and NT. I taught them that the original plan of God was one man-one wife. I told them that having many wives so as to have sex any time you want it is the lust of the flesh. God designed people to have sex only in permanent, monogamous marriage. Many wrangles in the place erupts from the children of the same father but different mothers.

We were able to cover many things among them: understanding-setting aside your own issues and agenda (i.e., what you want) in order to truly appreciate the other person's points and feelings; listening-to take time to listen and pay attention to someone is to show that you value what that person has to say and thereby that you value the person himself or herself. I told them that poor listening stifles communication and fosters misunderstanding. In fact, they told me that many wrangles in the families of the participants was as a result of poor listening and poor judgment.

When we started discussing the importance of empathy-many of them said that they have never heard of such a thing. Thinking and feeling from the other person's perspective, standing in the other person's shoes, was the most difficult thing in the lives many in this locality. It is true all what one requires sometimes in a family setting is to be listened to. We shared many things.

I taught them about the four sittings in a family:
     1.sitting for prayers
     2.sitting for finances
     3.sitting for quarrels and disputes
     4.sitting for children.

All of them said that they have attended many seminars on marriage but they have never heard of such a life changing training that is real and practical. They requested us to go back and train them more on this course(M &P). In fact, people at the village level or those who live in these interior places need more teachings on marriage than those who live in cities and big towns. Something ought be done. They bought all the manuals.

God bless you. Regards, Bsp Barnabas, ECLEA-Kenya Upper Eastern Coordinator

February 27, 2016
Dickson Laizer, ECLEA-Tanzania national coordinator

Here in TZ we are proceeding well with ECLEA'S training to different places. Here are short reports from those places we passed:

1. NGARENANYUKI
We had 43 participants where we taught 1 Timothy for the second time as they requested. The testimonies which touched us is so much from two bishops is that, “ECLEA'S teaching is deliverance and the medicine to our churches from false teaching which has been the big winds today. We were looking where we can get help so that we can help ourselves and our peoples.”

2. OLOSIPA
We had 29 participants where we taught 1 Timothy where the big number were seniors pastors and church elders and three bishops. Here participants were very interested. They showed up in time and they needed to know the truth from the word of God. We got interaction of a lot questions which in answering took us in teach in a full of three days.

One the senior pastors said, “If we had been taught this kind of teaching we could have enough knowledge from the Word of God to stop these false teachers who had been deceiving our church members for long time. So please, we need this teaching even to our church members and we are ready to make our contribution to our next seminar.”
 
3. ELKIUREI
To this place we had 37 participants and we taught 1 Timothy which shows we touched the very need of the church leaders as they were give their testimonies during the break time. One the bishop said, “This is what we need in the church today. I have been pastoring the church for 15 years and attending many different s seminars but never taught the Bible through one book in a clear way and not the white people but black Africans like us. This turned my focus and I discovered we are call pastors and bishops but we don't know the Bible we are preaching too. Thanks for ECLEA'S team for bringing this help from God to us.”

4. MAJI YA MOTO
This area is very large with the big number of church members, but the pastors never attended any Bible school or college. We had 32 participants where we taught 1 Timothy. To them this was a Bible school for three days. They said, “We had  never learned the Bible in this way but we were told by our overseers and bishop to depend on the Holy Spirit who will teach you what to preach to our congregations. We are asking you let this school proceed in helping. Without ECLEA'S teachings we could be lost without knowing while we thought were right.”

Now we are in Moshi at the place called Niapand replacing Kiboriloni where we have 36 participants. They have shown interest in learning with a lot of questions. As we proceed I will keep in touch with you for more reports. Thanks, Dickson

March 1, 2016
Fredrick Njoroge, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

I do hope that you are doing well in the Lord. I also am fine and spiritually renewed to be able to take ECLEA to all corners of this region. My vision is to reach the unreached of this region with biblical knowledge and understanding as clearly stated in ECLEA courses.

Last weekend, 18-20/2/2016, I had a very successful 1 Timothy conference. I hosted about 30 participants. I was here last year with Forgiveness & Reconciliation and because of that I did not encounter many problems in organising the meeting. We hosted the meeting in a PAG church, NYERI TOWN. I have attached two photos of the conference:
   
The challenge we experienced mostly came from the study, mainly from chapter 3 and chapter 5, which required more clarification through examples in the ministry. I am planning to go back there with Biblical Stewardship.

Thanks a lot for the heavy commitment you have for our pastors and leaders to have a forum to learn like this.

With regards, Fredrick Njoroge (Regional coordinator Nyeri/Nyandarwa Region)

March 7, 2016
James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya, regional coordinator

Report on Naivasha Karagita meeting on Biblical Counseling, Feb 24-26, 2016

We had 21 participants. Ten churches were represented. James Kamau and Monica Wambul were the teachers.

Rachel Kimani of Redeemed Gospel Church said she had now received skills that would enable her to counsel her members and other people in a better way.

Eric Wandera said that his ministry with children, which is his main ministry, would be better because of the skills he had learned.

Most important were the groups where the participants wrote reports as observers and acted as counselors and clients. We are ever grateful to ECLEA for helping to make this meeting a success for the empowerment it has brought to the people of the Naivasha Karagita area.

March 16, 2016
Robert Mwago, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

This is to let you let you know we wound up our 3 conferences at Gatunduri, Githimu, and Makutano successfully. The courses done were Forgiveness & Reconciliation at Gatunduri, and Biblical Theology at both Githimu and Makutano. The following are some of the responses we received from the conferences:

After Biblical Theology course at Makutano, one participant said: “I have never seen Jonathan Menn, but you (Robert) go tell him that although I have never met him, his works are bearing fruit even in his absence. Personally, I am edified beyond expression. I have grown in my knowledge of the Bible. I now see the Bible is one coherent story, revealing God and how creation is His work, and His redemption plan after the fall of man, showing the supremacy of Jesus over all things and over all creation.” From the same class we had this comment: “This course is a bit harder than the other courses we have done; we need another conference on the course for it to sink deeper.”

On Forgiveness & Reconciliation, one participant could not hide his joy, and this was his comment: “No teaching has ever done for me what this course has done; I see how unforgiveness has been eating at me. I see how Satan takes advantage of me through unforgiveness. I am a free man now, I am so happy.”

These comments were so uplifting to me also to see that these courses can have such an effect upon the lives of the participants. All glory be unto God. Robert

March 17, 2016
James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Report on Naivasha Town meeting on Forgiveness & Reconciliation: March 9-11, 2016:

There were 24 participants and 9 major denominations were represented. The following are some of the testimonies of the participants:

Pastor Grace Maina confessed that she had been bitter with a lady who had caused her to be put into a police cell by implicating her with stealing. It was later found that the goods she was supposed to have stolen were in the accuser’s house. Grace had a difficult time in releasing this lady, but after the training she was able to release her and forgive here completely.

Pastor Murugami narrated an incident where his father forsook the family many years ago when the pastor was only 2 years old. Many years later when he wanted to marry he went to his father to seek his blessing. The father told him he is not his father. Pastor Murugami became very bitter and could not understand why. He later forgave his father and said that this training had helped him realize the importance of forgiving and releasing. He promised to teach others.

Evangelist Lydiah Bosire said she had a grudge against a person for 13 years. She said every time she remembered the person she would get a severe headache. After the training she released the person and her headache disappeared.

March 21, 2016
Fredrick Njoroge, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

We had a very successful Forgiveness & Reconciliation conference last weekend. It was very encouraging to note that the reception of ECLEA was very positive in this area compared to last year's conference. Last year the senior pastors of different denominations could not allow their leaders to attend the conference (1st Timothy). Now they are our good friends. Now they can understand that we are building the body of Christ.

This is one of the courses that get deep down into the hearts of many people. In this part of Nyeri county (Mukurwe-ini) polygamous marriages are very common in many homes and in this situation many testified of frequent conflicts, grudges, divisions, jealousies, etc., even though many of them would claim to be Christians. Therefore, the act of forgiveness and reconciliation is highly needed.

One woman testified, she was abandoned by her husband, and the husband went to live with his third wife. She had to take care of her six children and educate them though the husband was capable of doing the same. Later when the husband came to learn that some of his children had started earning, he showed up, making his wife to feel very much offended. We all shared passionately this story and at the end the woman was healed. The attendance was above thirty although we had prepared ourselves for thirty only.

Challenge: We experienced many questions related to family conflicts and the same emerging into the churches.
With regards, FREDRICK NJOROGE (REGIONAL CO-ORDINATOR, NYERI/NYANDARWA REGION)

March 26, 2016
Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

We left Kenya for South Sudan on 7th March 2016; we were back home on 22nd March 2016. First of all may I thank you for funding us because without you it is hard for us to reach S. Sudan people. I did Forgiveness & Reconciliation in Shirkat and Arua Junction. Later I did 1 Timothy in Shirkat with the people whom I trained in our first mission to S. Sudan. At Shirkat I had a group of 23 participants in each course and at Arua Junction I had 25 participants.

When I asked one of the participants whether he can remember the importance of 1 Timothy to the Church today, he told me that chapter 3 has really transformed his thinking towards the Church leadership. He confessed to us that his pastor has two wives and a concubine. He told me that he will leave that Church. He told us that the man of God believes a lot in the Old Testament more than the way he believes in the New Testament. I strongly condemned that habit and I informed them that God created one man for one woman and any other culture or tradition that goes against what is written in the Bible is of the devil. It is amazing that of all the participants no one has ever attended any theological school, but by the grace of God they are leading people to God. ECLEA is the only course they are proud of. They were asking me whether we will give them certificates, but I suggested to them that we will do so after they go through the foundational courses and when they will be conversant with at least three courses.

What pleased me most is when I requested one of the sharp guys in class called Joseph to present 1 Timothy chapters 1 and 2. When he started outlining the two chapters, he impressed the whole class when he emphasized the goal of our preaching (love). When he drew the distinction between Muslims and Christians and how grace is not known by Muslims, a quarter of the class was unable to withhold our tears. At Shirkat one man told us that it is impossible to forgive a nonbeliever since they don't know what Bible says about forgiveness. I told him that we are instructed by the Bible to forgive all people whether they are saved or not. I convinced them when I narrated to them about the enmity that lasted for 16 years between me and my father and how you taught me at Muranga about taking first initiative and not to stand on my ground. When they heard that my father is my best friend they promised me that they will no longer stand their ground rather they will try their best and forgive even those who killed their relatives.

In group discussion one man told us that S. Sudan culture is somehow against chapter 3 of 1 Timothy because if a man dies and has left behind a young wife, his elder son inherits that woman and the offspring continues. In Kenya we are past that culture and tradition. The word of God is shaping the lives of many in this war torn country. When I asked them whether they will comply with that culture they all said that they will adhere to the word of God rather than following such an awkward culture.

We encountered a number of challenges:
-A Kenyan transporter was shot dead about 2 kilometers from where we spent our last night.
-Due to hyper-inflation the price of food or the cost of living is too high; even many businesses people are running away from that country.
-The sun roasted us since it was above 40°C [104°F]. In fact, as a result of the same I got a skin disease. I visited the doctor in my country and I was given a dose that I will complete next week on a Tuesday.

Finally, even if am being told to go back to S. Sudan tomorrow I cannot hesitate because of the marvellous things that are taking place in the lives of S. Sudan people. I pray God that when peace will prevail you will visit these people and see how ECLEA is doing a tremendous job even in your absence. Some people from different denominations bought all the manuals and some of them said that they will make your manuals part of their library.

Regards, Bsp. Barnabas

March 29, 2016
Robert Mwago, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Our mission in Juba, South Sudan ended successfully last week. I thoroughly loved the mission although our meager resources would not allow us to live in an average hotel, leave alone a 5 star hotel. Unfortunately, I came back home with a fever, and my skin had also been affected by the contaminated water that we were using to bathe and also the exceedingly high temperatures to which we were exposed, soaring above 40C [104F].

We also desperately needed the protection of God since some fellow Kenyans who were transporters had been mugged and severely injured, and one of them shot dead, shortly after our arrival. It’s a great risk and sacrifice doing ministry in South Sudan; I assure you it’s no bed of roses. But God kept us by His power; God has also healed me. Glory to His name.

I did one meeting at Jebel (Forgiveness & Reconciliation) and 2 courses at Munuki (1 Timothy and Biblical Stewardship):

After the Forgiveness & Reconciliation course, one lady who could not hide her joy told me: “God had personally sent you to me. This message was meant for me. I thank God you came to teach us forgiveness and reconciliation. When are you coming back to teach us again?”

A church elder in the same meeting said, “I was preaching the message of love at our church last week, now God has crowned it with these powerful teaching on forgiveness and reconciliation. This is the message that the church desperately need at this hour.” As an aside, this elder touched my heart so deeply when he told me how he loves the word of God but how his dimming eye-sight is frustrating him. Since I have gadget with an electronic (voice) Bible, I promised it to him the next time I go back there.

On teaching the 1 Timothy course, I realized that love, being the goal of our commandment, needs a lot of emphasis in that war-torn nation, and this love will be the motivation for forgiveness and reconciliation, which will be our next course at Munuki. SS is largely a semi-arid area, with effects of war causing lots of damage to the natural environment. Rivals will burn the few forests they have to flush out and expose one another for combat, thereby ruining their environment.

The Biblical Stewardship course spoke to them mostly on the preservation of the environment, and impressed upon the need to take personal responsibility to plant trees in that beautiful nation, which will also help to trap water through water-catchment initiatives.

We are eager to go back to SS. It’s interesting to see what God is doing there and to be part of it. God has a greater purpose with that nation than we first realized. Let all Christians of goodwill pray for Sudan’s peace and prosperity and support the work of God in that place in all the areas that God will enable them.

Attached are some of the few photos we were able to capture while there (it’s illegal and punishable to take photos there).

Enjoy. Robert

Thomas Mwai, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

SOUTH SUDAN!
We left for South Sudan 7th March and came back home after a two week mission in South Sudan, the longest we have ever made. The journey was good and we were careful not to take a bus that had problems on the way. The only thing we noticed is the inflation of the Sudanese pound which have made life there is a bit difficult which has really affected the foreigners and to some extent the Sudanese themselves. We were a bit scared when they killed a Kenyan transporter just near where we slept, but we got together and prayed for God's protection which God did. We parted ways with Robert and Barnabas and everyone went to his region. I was able to teach two courses of 1 Timothy, one of which consisted the sharp guys in the two meetings and a Stewardship course. Below are the highlights and some of the pictures captured, though many Sudanese don’t want to their photos taken, so you request those who want.

Stewardship in Gudelle
I was able to do Stewardship course in Gudelle at a place called Konyokonyo where we hosted 23 pastors and leaders. What came out so strongly is the interest of God and the environment because most of South Sudan doesn’t have trees. Pastors learned that it’s their responsibility to plant trees and care for the environment for everything was created by God. The heated debate only came in the area of relationships because most of Sudanese are brought up in the bush fighting. This time they are not relating well with foreigners because they believe they come to their country to take what is theirs. I had a chance to teach them how our culture sometimes conflicts with the truth. I found out that more of Forgiveness & Reconciliation is needed there for them to know how to forgive and reconcile.

1 Timothy in Gudelle
I did a 1 Timothy course  in Gudelle whereby I hosted 25 pastors and leaders. Most of the participants were South Sudanese in origin who did not understand English, but we had a very good Sudanese interpreter who is a teacher and we were able to connect well. This time we got some women Church leaders from Sudan. One thing I noted is the hunger for the Word. Another thing is that no single shop sells Bibles in Sudan. These people were asking for Bibles but unfortunately we had none. I realized that when teaching the qualifications of a Bishop, especially the “one woman man” aspect, it was challenging because the culture allows a man to inherit his father’s wife when he dies. This one needs time and prayers.

1 Timothy in Gudelle (Leaders)
I had a three day course with 16 Pastors and leaders who seemed to be getting well and we spent most of the time in discussion. I had each person give an overview of the book after teaching just to test their understanding. I thank God because by the grace of God people were able to remember the foundational things like the Goal, Church as a family, and true and false godliness.

Future Plans
The future plans and the burden that I have for South Sudan is to take more time with the Leaders this year and part of next year, they teach as I watch, and do TOTs so as to grow responsible and trusted leaders who can take ECLEA forward. I also embark on prayer for them so that peace may finally come because the stability of what we are doing will be sustainable when there is stability in the country. Also pray for the country’s peace and if possible find possible donors of Bibles. Thank you for your support.

Regards, Thomas N. Mwai (ECLEA South Sudan missionary)

March 31, 2016
Frederic Harerimana, ECLEA-Burundi national coordinator

REPORT OF THE 2ND CHURCH LEADEARS TRAINING AT CANKUZO FROM 14TH TO 18TH MARCH 2016
In a bid to continue building the capacities of Pastors, Rema Ministries [ECLEA's partner in Burundi through whom ECLEA's trainings are conducted] organized a second training of church leaders in Cankuzo, dated 14 to 18 March 2016. On this occasion, 35 trainees attended this training. These participants came from Cankuzo and Ruyigi provinces. These participants come from 7 different denominations: United Methodist Church of Burundi, Full Gospel Church, ERIMU Pentecost Church, EUSEBU, C.S.C.C, T.G.G.M and Kanisa la Injili.

1. THE TRAINERS
The team of trainers was made by four people from REMA MINISTRIEs, namely:
     1. François Nitunga,
     2. Harerimana Frederic
     3. Rev. Jean NDAYISABA,
     4. NIYOKWIZERA Obed,
     5. Ruben NDAGIJIMANA.
Rema Ministries have taken much time to train the last three people first on the material while they were doing their internship in Rema Ministries. They have just completed BA in theology at the Light University of Bujumbura and they did their final internship in Rema Ministries organization. While there they were introduced to the ECLEA material and we think to be using them in most of our trainings.

2. TOPIC
We taught the last part of Biblical Stewardship and were able to go through the whole book for recapitulation of what we had already learned. Every morning before we embarked on to the teachings we did a Bible study for 30 minutes. This was done by one of the trainees, chosen after each morning devotion. Each team member had the opportunity to deliver the material that had been assigned to him to teach for coaching and evaluation purposes before they brought it to the trainees.

Every day the training lasted from 8:30am to 16:30pm. Every night, trainers met for over an hour to evaluate the day (debriefing) which allowed an improvement in the presentation of the contents of the materials. At the end of the training, we ended with an evaluation test. The trainers were pleased with the results. This was possible because of the good atmosphere, cooperation and understanding between the trainers and trainees. The objectives that Rema Ministries had set for this topic have been met, based on testimonies shared by some of the trainees testifying on how this training is benefiting them and on what they are doing to put into practice what they are learning. At the end of training, participants were given an occasion to summarize in one minute what they learned so far during the training.

3. THE COMMENTS
In the previous training, the trainees were asked to do some practical activities before the next session. We asked the participants to report on what they did during that period. What they reported encouraged not only the trainers but also other pastors who in turn came also to join the training. What they reported is also a big encouragement to their respective local communities. Three of these pastors are NGENDAKUMANA Christophe of T.G.G.M Church, Ndimurukundo Venant of Kanisa la Injili and Mwitegeneza J. Claude of C.S.C.C church. NGENDAKUMANA Christophe of T.G.G.M Church said: “I watched pastors who have already enrolled in the training and prompted me to come to do this training. I was so much influenced by looking at them.” Participants followed the teachings enthusiastically. The following are some testimonies of pastors:

Rev. BUGUSU Alexander: He told us that he influenced the members of his church to plant fruit trees and trees in the premises of his parish and 8 branches in order to safeguard the environment and to praise the Lord. They planted 450 different kinds of trees, including fruit trees and 71 banana trees.

Pastor Zoya Melchior: He said he planted 10 fruit trees and 300 eucalyptuses and opened a cafeteria. He organized a seminar to teach the importance of stewardship as well as good management of money and time.

The Superintendent Rev. Matthew BUGUSU of the United Methodist Church of Cankuzo province: He said he planted 20 fruit trees and that he has begun to engage himself more in family activities. Following the change in his behaviour and life observation made by his wife, also a pastor, Reverend Past. Nkeshimana Immaculee was influenced by this new attitude of her husband until she decided to come to take part in training as well. Here's what she says:
"Before the training, my husband handled largely administrative and church activities. Less time was given to the family. He used only to delegate workers in domestic work, e.g., take care of livestock and farming activities. Currently he is involved himself in family chores without delegating workers and other people as he did before.” She added: "I would also take this training that has transformed the way of life of my husband, for the sake of our family, our church and our community."

RUKUNDO Mary: She said that she was able to manage time well. This good time management has allowed her to realize more projects than before the training. For example, she had enough time to evangelize her neighbours which increased the number of faithful. She also had time to closely monitor the small cafeteria project for her husband.

Pastor NIYIBOGORA Desire: He told us that he collected 16 unemployed young people in the church to start an association. Then those unemployed young people began to undertake income-generating activities including small restaurants that support them for survival. He also learned to use his time and for the family and for the church. They intend to do a chicken project and plant bananas.

In general, the teachings received during the previous training were put into practice. The testimonies of those who came in the second training confirm the change of attitudes towards sustainable development. These successes were possible because of effort these young people have put into this endeavour. The training ended with an evaluation test and the results are satisfactory for trainers and for the trainees. Nobody failed the exam. We noted that churches in those regions are disturbed in their faith by the false teachings especially in relation to the gospel of prosperity, the use of spiritual gifts and sects.

4. RECOMMENDATIONS
Following this training, it was recommended that the trainees continue to put into practice what they are learning: plant fruit trees and trees in order to protect the environment. We also discussed on the period of the following training and it was decided that it will be the end of May or the first week of June. We agreed that the following topic for the teaching will be based on 1 Timothy.

They were given assignments of things they will be doing during the period before the next training. They will come with reports showing how they have put into practice the requirements of the training. Namely, the theoretical and practical training on the field as these are evaluated at 50%.

5. CHALLENGE
Climate change is disrupting planting seasons and this causes poverty in the region. Drought has made participants afraid to find food for the next training which was scheduled for the last week of May or the first week of June. We foresee difficulties in sustaining this program if the climate continues to behave the way it is now. Hence we are praying for God’s intervention in the situation. We are praying that we find ways to support them. This applies to classes of Cankuzo and Rutana. We are praying to God to open the doors and hearts of people to be able to support this training especially with regard to food while they are undergoing training.

6. CONCLUSION
We thank Rema Ministries for this initiative and ECLEA who supported this noble activity. Thank you for the unceasing prayer for us and your sacrifice for this work of ECLEA. Be assured of our prayers. We do also appreciate your prayers. We give thanks to the Almighty God who protected us and helped us during that activity.

Frederic Harerimana

April 1, 2016
Fredrick Njoroge, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Last weekend I did have a very successful conference on Forgiveness & Reconciliation in terms of its impact. This was a unique area in that pastors loved sharing with their colleagues without any reservation. Other areas where I have gone pastors tend to be suspicious to one another in terms of each wanting to be popular than the others, if not trying to fish from the net other than fishing from the waters.      

The turnout was fairly good although we did not hit our expected figure, but this group was very interactive within the conference. Registration which was in form of buying the manuals was not really a problem to them. Towards the end of the conference we had an open forum whereby participants shared life experiences in matters of Forgiveness and Reconciliation. It is unbelievable to hear from pastors how they have lived with spiritual fear, hurt, pain from their senior pastors and yet they do not know how to go about it. The unforgiveness atitude in the heart has grown for years due to various reasons. Most of the pastors said that this course was a wake-up call for them on the need to understand and practice what they have learned.

What I learned from this interaction was that most people do not understand the underlining principles of forgiveness and what it entails. Hence the importance of this course. Almost everybody requested the same to be repeated.

I also recently completed another conference on Forgiveness & Reconciliation in Ngurumo. The attendance was amazing. The first day we were thirty-five (35) participants and this number was increasing as we continued.

Towards the end of the conference the meeting turned to be like a healing clinic, for the participants opened up their hearts of unforgiveness and failure even to reconcile. This was very powerful to us. A few testified of the burden they received in course of conference of reconciling their family members after understanding the importance forgiveness and repentance. It’s like these issues are not spoken at the pulpit.

The three conferences that I have now covered on forgiveness and reconciliation shows very clearly that the body of Christ is seriously wounded and need abundant healing. A good number bought their manual for a continued study at their homes.

With all regards, Rev. Fredrick Njoroge, Regional Coordinator (Nyeri/Nyadarwa)

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May 2, 2016
Frederic Harerimana, ECLEA-Burundi national coordinator

Report of the mission held in Muzye (Rutana) from April 18 to April 23rd 2016

The mission started on Sunday 17, 2016. Took part in that mission the following people:
     1. Nitunga Francois
     2. Harerimana Frederic
     3. Obed Niyonizigiye
     4. Rubin Ndagijimana
The last two people have been working with Rema Ministries as interns, did theology at Light University and graduated there. Rema took time to initiate them in the material we are using and took them around to see how we were training pastors until the time they were mature enough to teach themselves with confidence.

We are thrilled that now we have two classes going on in Muzye. With the first group, we are already at the sixth week of training, while we are at the second week with the second group. During their first session which took place in February, the two groups were mixed so that the second class could learn from the first class and catch the vision and enthusiasm. Iron sharpens iron, so pastors were to encourage other pastors. The former group is made of 20 participants while the new one has 33 participants. These new participants came from the provinces of Rutana and Makamba and are from 8 different denominations namely: United Methodist church of Burundi; church of rivers of life; Africa Gospel Church of Burundi; International church of the blood without borders, Anglicane church of Burundi (EAB); Evangelical fellowship of Central Africa in Burundi (FECABU); Eglise de l’Union du Saint-Esprit au Burundi (EUSEBU) and Evangelical church of Central Africa (EEAC). This class came from a special request from the first group. We noticed that the new participants are more numerous than the number we expected. We agreed to enroll all of them for they showed a special will and commitment to engage with the training, having seen the impact and change it had on the first group. There were even other participants who wanted to be part of the training on the fourth day but we could not allow them although they got wind of the importance of this training from those who took part in it.

Topics
We did Marriage & Parenting instead of Biblical Theology with the first group for the materials we were to use was not ready yet as it was being proofread. With regard to the first group, pastors were thrilled to go to the subject matter of the marriage and parenting material. Indeed, many of the pastors struggled to rethink the theology they had been taught and we reasoned together and arrived at a compromise. Most of them repented of how they had been treating their wives and how they had been counseling partners who come to seek for counseling.

The subject matter of divorce came out strongly especially when Moses advised the man to write a divorce letter and how Jesus gave a meaning to that idea. The hardness of their heart led Moses to allow them divorce for fear that one of the partners could even lose life in the marriage if they were not allowed to divorce. We know in Burundi cases where women were hand amputated by their husband through violence and how some were even poisoned and lost life. Under such circumstances, a letter of divorce could be written but in the beginning, God said that that which the Lord has united nobody is allowed to put asunder. With regard to what is happening in the West where people walk out of marriage at will and later are allowed to remarry even in the church and hold ministerial position in ministry, this left people in wonder and questioned even 1 Timothy 3 which speaks of the qualifications of pastors and elders in the church.

The other issue that came out strongly was the issue of polygamy. How about people who were already polygamous when they came to Christ? Should they choose just to remain with just one and leave all the rest while they had been living as wife and husband and when this is clearly known to the community? A compromise was made that the husband should not divorce his wives but that he should not add any more to them. He should also not be given a role to play in church apart from witnessing to others.

The second group was taken into Biblical Stewardship material. It was an eye opening with lots of discussions on practical matters. A good testimony of how stewardship material has helped participants was given. Most pastors applied the principles in the materials and went ahead planted palm oil trees, eucalyptus, banana trees, etc. which not only protect the environment but also give profit to the family during the time of harvest.

All these participants from the two groups were given assignments and homework which will make them go through the whole subject. In fact, they were challenged and advised to read the whole material, digest it and get substance from it which will help them in the mission, work and call they have.

The training is bearing fruits
Among the participants from the second group, there is a lady of 9 children; although she does not know to write well, said she wants also to take part in this training for she believes she will acquire and get knowledge and wisdom which will help her to discover more on: biblical knowledge, knowledge of a holistic life, knowledge on how to serve the community she is living in as a leader of others, knowledge of how to be a good steward and stewardship of what the Lord has entrusted her with. In her own words she said, "Please allow me to take part in this training, for I know that this training will not leave me the way I am now and where I am now. For sure I know that I will be imparted and will gain even if it won’t be all anyway I will get something more." She said she was taught by the Holy Spirit to read the Bible and that the Lord revealed to her that she should be part of this ongoing training.

One participant from the first group, Enock Niyoyunguruza, shared with us in the class how this course is building up his Christian life. He says, “For me everything was new. I knew nothing; I was reading the Bible without understanding it. I used to teach my hearers what seemed good and favorable to them as well as to me, anything that came into my mind. I was hardly reading the Bible. Now after six weeks of training, all seems to be new to me. Now I am starting to have the veil removed from my eyes and starting to understand more. This is a good training and material I have never met anywhere else despite the many capacity building seminars I have attended.” The others say that now they take ample time to prepare their sermon which takes into consideration stewardship of time.

Looking ahead
We plan to have the next session in Muzye on 13 of June this year and we will hold two classes as aforesaid.
With regard to Cankuzo, we are planning to have the next session from 23rd of May 2016.

Conclusion
We were so much encouraged by how different church leaders were able to apply what they are learning. Church leaders in the training are so much interested and motivated. They learn with enthusiasm. We hope to see the impact of this training within the course of the program and after training.

We cannot finish this without thanking you for your prayers and financial support. This ministry in Burundi and in East Africa for that matter could not continue to achieve so much without your commitment to it.

Frederic Harerimana

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April 25, 2016
Jonathan Menn, ECLEA director

Report from Kenya-PART 1
I just returned from 3 weeks in Kenya. Here is part 1 of my report (which was emailed to friends and supporters about half-way through my trip). Part 2 will follow soon.

Amagoro
I am in the middle of three weeks in Kenya doing 5 courses on Biblical Theology and will then conclude with one course on Biblical Interpretation. We began in Amagoro which is near the border with Uganda at the Katakwa Diocese of the Anglican Church of Kenya. I have been working with them for a few years. There have been some changes over that time. Bishop Zak Epusi will be retiring in August. Isabellah Inyele, my ECLEA coordinator, has gotten married, has one son, and a second child is one the way! I worked with 12 new participants. They were a sharp group.

Kisumu
I was then in Kisumu, located on the shore of Lake Victoria, which my host, bishop George Okuta calls "the city of fish." He was very kind to make sure I ate fresh lake tilapia every day. A real treat. The best I have had. Thank you, George! The group of 12 was smaller than anticipated because there was another American doing something on "miracles" in the vicinity while we were doing biblical theology. (Not) surprisingly, we were the losers. That says something about the priorities of many church leaders, I am sorry to say. Nevertheless, we had some good and spirited discussion, and I know that several of the participants were challenged in a number of areas.

Eldoret
In Eldoret the group was bigger and better: 20 mostly senior pastors and bishops. In Eldoret there also was some "miracle-worker" meeting going on opposite ours, but the participants here said, "We prefer good teaching." They were men of their word, as they kept good time and we had wide ranging discussion including an almost 2 hour discussion/debate on grace, works, the law, sin, and perseverance of faith initiated by our looking at Paul's discussion of the Abrahamic Covenant and the Law of Moses in Galatians 3 and 4. All in all, I thought it was and excellent time that, God willing, will be fruitful in their lives and ministries. It certainly encouraged me.

Shinyalu
I am now in Shinyalu, near the Kakamega national forest. A more rural area with a group of about 35 Pentecostal participants. The first day suggests that it will be a lively and thought-provoking time.

April 26, 2016
Jonathan Menn, ECLEA director

Report from Kenya-PART 2
Since my report from the field, here is a summary of the last part of the trip:

Shinyalu
Shinyalu is a village near the Kakamega national forest. It is Ernest Mwilitsa's (ECLEA-Kenya's national coordinator) home area. We had approximately 35 participants. Because this is a rural area, the opportunities for good theological seminars and in-depth knowledge of the Bible are limited, but the level of enthusiasm was high. Consequently, we covered a number of areas beyond the Biblical Theology course we were conducting, especially matters relating to our Biblical Stewardship course. Most notably, during a rainstorm when it was too loud for me to continue, the participants engaged in a lively discussion relating to appropriate clothing for men and women. We were earnestly requested to come again.

Nairobi
The 16 participants for the Biblical Theology meeting we held in Nairobi included not only Ernest Mwilitsa but also 3 of ECLEA's regional coordinators (of whom James Ndiba, our host, was one) and other ECLEA teachers. This conference was challenging to many, especially in 2 areas: (1) The facts that OT Israel and its institutions were "types" and "shadows" of NT realities and the church was always God's "plan A" raised a significant challenge to the eschatological position that many of the participants always had been taught; (2) The New Covenant affects how we speak (or should speak) about the church (i.e., we often use "Old Covenant" language such as viewing the church as a building or "holy place," or "inviting the Holy Spirit to enter the meeting," or going to Malachi 3 when talking about giving).

Murang'a
We concluded with a conference on Biblical Interpretation with approximately 25 participants, hosted by George Kariuki. As was true elsewhere, the pre-existing theological "framework" of many of the participants was challenged as we considered several passages of Scripture in context. For example, looking at what Paul actually says both at the beginning and end of    1 Corinthians 12 concerning spiritual gifts challenges the common Pentecostal idea that speaking in other tongues is necessary as a sign that one is born again or filled with the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 11:1 (a description of faith) actually is part of a lengthy discussion of suffering instead of being a proof text for the idea that "if one has enough faith God will grant one's (materialistic) wishes." I was particularly impressed with how so many passages focus on fundamental matters, particularly our relationship with Jesus; if that is truly deepest in our hearts, everything else is only relative and "takes care of itself."

Looking ahead
I am now scheduled to be home until the latter part of June when I go to Tanzania for 3 weeks. While home, I intend to make some significant additions and revisions to the ECLEA teaching book on Biblical Theology. This will be an important project, but I am always striving to provide the best material to those worthy church leaders who are in the "front lines" of the spiritual battle in East Africa. Please hold the church in East Africa up in your prayers--it is truly in one of the most, if not the most, strategic areas spiritually in the world today.

I thank you for your prayers and financial support. This ministry could not continue to achieve so much without you.
God bless you, Jonathan

April 27, 2016
Fredrick Njoroge, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

OTHAYA TOWN (WAIHARA)
I thank God for our continued good cooperation we have of equipping church leadership in my region with the truth of the Master builder. I am seeing that ECLEA is providing an opportunity for in-service training for church leaders for a better output in the body of Christ. It is no doubt, ECLEA has started to take ground because now the so-called senior pastors have started embracing the courses. This has boosted my teaching morale greatly.

My desire and prayer is to penetrate to the real rural areas for this is where we experience church leadership challenges. Otherwise our recent conference on 1 Timothy (April 7-9) was very encouraging compared with the previous one. Leaders showed keen interest in the learning and this could be understood by the many questions they were asking.

The biggest challenge this time was buying of manuals because many of the participants had a language challenge so only a few who got their copy. Due to their interest of learning I hope to be there for another conference in the area.

We are together. REV. FREDRICK NJOROGE, NYERI/NYANDARWA REGION

April 28, 2016
Bob Mwangi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We had two very successful pastors and leaders conferences at Family Worship Centre 29th Feb - 2nd March which had eighteen participants and East African Pentecostal Church 3rd - 5th March which had twenty one participants. We studied the book of 1 Timothy in both conferences, and the pastors and leaders had good time of fellowship, interaction  and discussed of many things about the church and leadership.

We prayed for the unity of the body  of Jesus Christ and we broke the walls of differences. We all agreed that the church of Christ is one and we are called to care for his flock and Jesus himself is the shepherd. May God Bless the ECLEA Ministry; our labour is not in vain because ECLEA is building the kingdom of God.

April 30, 2016
Obed Magoko, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Finally we are done last week with our two previously postponed meetings on 1 Timothy and Biblical Stewardship in a small town called Waita.

The meeting started on a high note with 16 pastors, 21elders, and 13 church ministers. By the last day of first meeting the number dropped to 9 pastors, 11 elders and 7 church ministers. I was told that a neighbor church was hosting a speaker on prosperity and some opted to go there. I was able to address this issue on true prosperity and those who made to the end appreciated much since now they heard the truth and were able to make a choice.

One pastor who came back for the Biblical Stewardship told the meeting that he went and did put the teachings in practice by facing one of the pastors who opted to go to prosperity seminar and proved through the manual that he had been cheated out of his money; they had been told to go home and bring each 200sh for "doors to open".

In Biblical Stewardship, the issue of preserving the environment became an issue of concern since this is a dry ground with almost no food. On teaching on the importance of trees a good number resolved to go and plant trees and harvest water now that the rainy season has started.

On stewardship of time, this was a challenge to many since one delegate raised his hand to ask a question as to what should be done since ladies go for water and this takes half the day as the distance is far but they also sit down to talk and hence waste a lot of time.

One pastor said he has never started the service on time since his members always come late and leave before the service is over. One elder said that he has realized the problem to their church since as an elder he personally campaigned to be elected but by the qualifications required in 1 Timothy he fails halfway and had these guidelines been followed he could not make it. He promised to put his family and private life in order.

Thanks ECLEA for making this to happen. Soon we are going back to do more work since they have almost no training regarding biblical foundations.
 
Pastor Obed Magoko, North Eastern Region

May 7, 2016
Michael Taari, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

MALINDI
We have just concluded the Biblical Interpretation conference in Malindi. The 28 participants included pastors from different denominations. Most of them commented that they have never done this. It was their first time, and they requested that ECLEA continue to help in training them more. One of them had this to say, "We know that that is the reason Paul told Timothy of rightly dividing the word of truth."

VOI
The TOT on Biblical Stewardship at Voi was well with pastors from different churches, 25 in number. Since most of them were doing this for the second time it was becoming more clear. They said now they are more confident to apply this, especially in the areas of church and finance which has always been challenging to the church in Africa.

MOMBASA
The training on Christianity and Islam was successful. I involved 6 key pastors to first interact with the material and get their comment. They said that the material is so rich with relevant information on the subject, good and balanced, and it is of worth teaching others. The material is huge and we suggested that we do the training in 4 days instead of three.

May 9, 2016
Robert Mwago, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Yesterday ended our 2 conferences on Forgiveness & Reconciliation at Kevote, and Marriage & Parenting at Gatunduri.

Forgiveness & Reconciliation was our first ECLEA Conference at Kevote although the host pastor has attended ECLEA courses on Biblical Stewardship, Biblical Theology, and 1 Timothy elsewhere. The following is what the pastor said at the end of the conference: “I have done other courses with ECLEA but this course on Forgiveness & Reconciliation has had a remarkable and tremendous impact upon my life. What I have received today is indelible. I feel inexpressible relief after forgiving others. A great change has happened in my life today. I believe not only me but all who attended this course.”

Another visiting pastor who for the first time attended the ECLEA meetings at Kevote had this to say, “If these are the kind of meetings ECLEA has brought to us, then the next ECLEA conference will be held at my place. I will mobilize all the pastors of my town and make sure they all attend the ECLEA Conference.”

After the Marriage & Parenting conference, one women leader said, “Today I have made a huge stride forward. As a parent I am not where I was. I have learned a lot from this ECLEA course. I have gained a lot of knowledge which I trust will help others. I have gained a new perspective on how I view Marriage & Parenting. We need this course again.”

Personally, I take this opportunity to thank you for ECLEA’s being a great blessing to us. Our lives have been changed by these great teachings. God has used ECLEA to keep us in the safe path of sound doctrine.

Robert

May 12, 2016
Ernest Mwilitsa, ECLEA-Kenya national coordinator

We had a wonderful meeting at Kagumo which was well attended. The attendance was around 30. Some pastors came from far to attend the meeting. We did 1 Timothy because we felt that leadership teaching was very important. Most of the participants said that they are tired of prosperity Gospel and also people preaching only one verse. They said these teachings have come at the right time. In fact, nobody wanted to leave even after the meeting had ended.

They requested for Biblical Stewardship to follow in July. They even proposed the dates as July 14-16. They promised to go and get more pastors and Bishops to come and hear that.

George Kariuki, who taught the course with Ernest, adds this, “We bless God the conference we are doing with Ernest is going on well. This is the best so far doing a 1 Timothy conference.”

May 16, 2016
Michael Taari, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

The Biblical Stewardship conference at Taveta was great. The participants were hungry for the word. They confessed they were getting such kind of teachings for the first time. The church has a membership of 40; two of them they have motorbikes yet the pastor is really struggling living in a mud house with only three old stools, cooking outside, and the 3 children have no mattress to sleep on.

After active participation the three days out of the teachings three things they promised to do: 
    1. have plans for budgeting
    2. support their pastor 
    3. they were able to pledge 51,500 Ksh to start buying public address system

The pastor and the wife confessed that I have helped the church so much and he asked me to go back to encourage them more and see what changes could have taken place by July.

In His service, Michael

May 25, 2016
Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

On 28th to 30th April 2016, we had our First Timothy conference at Maili Nane (Meru). I expected 22 participants but the number went up to 26 and the third day we were 29 both pastors and  leaders. Seven denominations were represented.

When I was teaching 1 Timothy chapter four one Mzee who was is a pastor in the area told us that it is next to impossible to overcome false teachers in Kenya and Africa in general. But, I informed him that verse 11 of chapter 4 tells us to command and teach them truth regardless of the lies that the prosperity preachers are spreading like fire in our country. Another lady who attended the conference told us that she was restricted by her family members from getting married so as to serve as a minister of the word of God in a certain denomination. After she understood chapter 4 of 1 Timothy and also after reading the 1 Timothy manual, she called me and informed me that she will not join the denomination again in life. All the pastors at Maili Nane are blessing God for changing the believe and the life of that lady. I am also grateful because of the great impact that ECLEA left in the locality.

On 12th to 14th May 2016, I took 1 Timothy course to Kaithe (Meru). I expected 24 participants but the number went down to 20 participants, both pastors and leaders. Nine denominations were represented. The number went down because there was a self-proclaimed prophet who was in the area. Of the 20 participants only two of them had attended Bible school while the rest had no theological background.

These brothers told me that they have never thought of what the Bible talks about in chapter 2 of 1 Timothy. We had a heated debate on chapter 2 because a number of the participants believed that men ought to lift up their hands when praying while women ought to keep quiet and ask questions at home. I told that the lifting of hands is just a metaphor and even people without hands can pray and God answers their prayers.

When we were going through chapter three about the qualifications of church leaders, three pastors walked out and when I inquired the reason they walked out, some of their church leaders told us that one of the pastors who had walked out had three wives and two pastors had two wives each. It was amazing. I told them that a pastor must be a one wife man. Their argument was based on the Old Testament that all the great men of faith in the old testament like Abraham had many wives. I took time to put a difference between the old and the New Testament before going on with chapter three of 1 Timothy. The brothers requested me to go back to their small town in the month of August if the Lord wishes.

On 16th to 18th May 2016 we had a very successful conference at Chuka Town with 30 participants from different denominations. 11 denominations were represented. Half of the participants told us that they had attended a number of bible colleges, but after going through our manual on 1 Timothy many testified and said that their frameworks were highly challenged. Many of them said that they never understood their goal of preaching as it is indicated in 1 Timothy 1:5.

The problem with many of the leaders was manifested when we entered chapter 5 of 1 Timothy. Two pastors said that they carry the offering and no one knows how much was offered hence prompting their congregation to have no faith in them. I told them that good records of church money should be well kept and any office bearer in the church is free to verify what is in the books. After discussing the issue of double honor, i.e., paying the pastors who run the affairs of the church well, the big number of participants told me that they will introduce accountability and transparency in their churches.

In fact many of the leaders are living in the church not as a result of being called upon by God to serve but having nothing else to do in life. One pastor informed us that he selected his wife as the church chair lady and his son was the secretary of the same church because he feared being overthrown by the members of the church. Robert told them that the church should not become a property of one man; rather, it is the pillar of truth and the family of God.

All the participants said they will be meeting once a month to pray for ECLEA and reading of the 1 Timothy manual until I will take another ECLEA course to their locality. Finally, may God bless ECLEA

Regards,
Bishop Barnabas, Upper Eastern Coordinator

June 1, 2016
Thomas Mwai N'gang'a, ECLEA regional coordinator

We are going on well with ECLEA work and, in fact, what ECLEA is doing in many pastors’ lives and their ministries is great. We did our two AA conferences and below is our report:

FORGIVENESS & RECONCILIATION AT MANGU

We did our conference in Mangu at a place called Karuri and despite the heavy rains that made us start a bit late the first day we were able to do the meetings. We had 24 Pastors and leaders from different denominations and we realized that among Pastor there are many hidden issues which they never thought were hindrances to their lives and ministry, but these issues required forgiveness. The part that was very interesting is reconciliation; many could not differentiate the two (forgiveness and reconciliation). Also the four Ds in the process of reconciliation (decide to reconcile, discuss the matter, draw the toxin out of the relationship, and devote yourself to the relationship) was very helpful. In the interactive session, one of the pastors confessed that he had been going through rejection and he needed to forgive his parents for mistreatment when he was young.

BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP AT GITHUMU
Our conference hosted 27 Pastors and leaders. One of the participants commented, “We realized that Biblical Stewardship is a very spiritual book which you can not realize at first because it is not easy to connect spiritual things with environment and the like but when you go on you realize this is the foundation of Christianity.” The five love languages came out very well with the realization that there is a way you can show love. We gave a homework to all to go and do research of their spouse’s love language. Time management is also another thing whereby many say that you spend much time in quadrant one (i.e., matters that are both important and urgent) and we had a good chance how you can eliminate crisis by good planning. Basically the meetings were good and as always pastors ask for more.

Thanks for your continuous support and facilitation. May God bless ECLEA.

Regards,
Thomas (Kiambu/Aberdares ECLEA codinator)

June 21, 2016
Michael Taari, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Christianity and Islam conferences launched in Kenya!

We really thank God for how far he has brought us as we serve in His kingdom. The work here is quite good regardless of several ministerial and family challenges which by the strength of God we must overcome.

I have just concluded the training at Malindi on Saturday. The participants had a good time of learning. They were very much impressed by the much information found in the Christianity and Islam: Theological Essentials manual. Some thought they had all knowledge on the subject, but after the training one pastor said, “We wish we had this kind of training much earlier, but we are grateful that we are now informed. This will help us a great deal as we interact with the Muslims.” The group included both pastors and leaders from different denominations, 26 in total.

The Mombasa conference was very successful although the participants were not punctual the first day. We had 17 people, but the rest of the days we had 25 in total, both pastors and leaders from different church backgrounds. Bearing in mind that Mombasa has a big percentage of Muslims, the participants had more information as opposed to those at Malindi. However, they confessed they really needed this teaching and especially the notes because out of this they will be able to do more study on their own and also be in a position to teach others.

The conference at Voi was a bit challenging because pastors at this town have no unity. There are various pastors fellowship factions, however we had 22 participants. The other challenge was they are not good at keeping time and this affected us because the manual is of a bigger volume compared to the other manuals. They proposed that due to the bigness and more references to the Bible and Qur’an maybe the material be divided in two potions so as to do thorough digging on the same in future.
   
One good report is from the pastor at Taveta. We have been in contact and he reports that the church has changed. Members are now giving more after the Biblical Stewardship conference. We are yet to agree when to go back by July and a do a follow up and do a TOT. I will let you know.

May the Lord continue to be with you and your family even as you serve Him. Continue also to remember my family in your prayers. My wife is recovering after some complications after delivery. Till then remain blessed, Pastor Michael

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June 10, 2016
Stephen Sempala, ECLEA-Uganda national coordinator

Last week from Monday to Friday we had training that involved 1 Timothy TOT in Kaliro and also Biblical Stewardship in Jinja. I conducted the Training with Bishop Geofrey.

The training went on well. As we reviewed Timothy it came back live to the members and we had a long time of discussion and some of the challenges that were facing the church mainly in the Busoga region were:
    1. Praying for those in authority, “How possible can we pray for those in authority when they don't deserve our prayers?”
    2. They still hold on this belief that women are inferior to men when it comes to ministry and also in social status.
    3. Leadership roles—the majority of churches don't have trained leaders and churches have sprung up without having elders affirming them and sending them to start new churches. So this became a matter of concern.

We had to address these issues, which were raised by referring to 1 Timothy 1:5. The heart issue, we emphasized that when we allow the Holy Spirit to have His way in our lives and cleanse our hearts, it is the love that comes from a pure heart that will enable us to pray for our leaders without being biased. This means that we will be able to promote God’s work without coming against God’s government, which consists of the leaders on the seven mountains of influence.

Concerning women being inferior to men, we had to bring in at some point Ephesians 5 the relationship between Christ and the church as being one with that of a husband and the wife. I gave the example of my wife and myself, how we are working and complimenting each another. At first it didn’t make sense for the husband and wife to know how much the other was getting and worse still to put that money together and budget well. Their belief was the man to keep away some amount of the money from the woman. But the Bible and the book proved to be of greater importance.

We encouraged the leaders to start getting involved in the trainings of some kind, to encourage young leaders and support them to go for Bible training centers and not to be quick to lay hands on the members as mentioned in 1 Timothy 5:22, which has been the order of the day in this region.

When it came to Biblical Stewardship, leaders were overjoyed to find out that Stewardship touches all areas of life, some said that “we thought that Stewardship was to do with only money and maybe those in Pastoral role, but not everybody to be a steward!!” Most of the subjects that caught their attention were: looking after the environment, oneself and others, which included time management,  relationships.

They were encouraged to grow vegetables and use of herbs for their health. This was another issue as most of them had cherished the wrong doctrine that using herbs meant that one was a witch doctor. They had gone very far to teach this in their churches. Thank God for this training because we left them happy knowing that it is God's will for them to use the green plants for both their food and medicine (Gen 1:29). We emphasized the accountability as good stewards of all that God has given us here on earth, without forgetting time as that is one of the challenges in African church/culture.

When it came to relationships, especially the marriages, we found that some ministers had lost their wives due to poverty. This subject healed some who had gone through such experiences of letting go of their spouses. And after the training, leaders were appreciative and some said, “We wish that if we had such training before, our marriages wouldn't have been in such conditions.” They promised to get other leaders in order to learn from the same Biblical Stewardship.

Many words were said and answers were given from the book itself and also the Bible verses. We thank God that we have started getting the testimonies that the leaders didn’t remain the same. There has been a shift in their mindsets/frameworks.

Greetings from the leaders in this region to you and your entire team. God’s blessings be with you.

Kind Regards,
Stephen

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August 11, 2016

Report of Church leaders seminars held in Cankuzo and Muzye from 4th to 8th July 2016

1. Introduction
I am so pleased to present to you a report on two church leaders training held simultaneously in Cankuzo and Muzye. This activity was a continuation of the training Rema Ministries is doing to empower pastors and leaders. On this occasion two separate teams were made and deployed to Cankuzo and Muzye to do the training. The training went on well in both sites and was successful.

2. The trainers
The trainers in both sites were all from REMA MINISTRIES together with five interns who have completed their bachelor in theology. We trained them and prepared them for the teaching ministry using ECLEA materials.
Cankuzo trainers were made of Nitunga Francois, Ndintore Felibien (director of Rema Ministries), Obed Niyokwizera, Bikorimana Nahason and Ndayisaba Jean, while Muzye team was made of Frederic Harerimana, Mbazumutima Theodore, Ndayishimiye Augustin and Rubin Ndagijimana. We have trained interns so that wherever we have such trainings we may resort to them whenever needs arise.

3. Lessons
As we did not start the two missions at the same time, we taught 1 Timothy in Cankuzo and Biblical Theology at Muzye.
For the first Epistle of Paul to Timothy, we went through the various topics that cover the epistle, such as: Sound Doctrine, Public Worship, Church leadership, Personal Discipline and Caring Church. We finished the book.

For Biblical Theology, we took the trainees through Biblical Theology book and went all the way through up to: "Jesus is the New, True, and Faithful Israel." We intend to finish the book of Biblical Theology during the next training.

4. Participants
In total, 73 participants attended the two trainings: 27 in Cankuzo and 46 in Muzye. In Muzye, we combined the two classes of trainees so that they can learn together this biblical theology lesson because of timing and availability of the trainers.

The training went on well and all the glory be to God. There were some pastors who didn’t show up for various reasons. But many of them sent their apologies. We decided that those who have missed one training should find ways of studying materials before he is eligible to the certificate at the end of the whole course.

5. Development of Activities
Every day the training began at 8:30am to 5:00pm. The first 30 minutes are reserved for morning devotion held by a chosen member from the participants. Every night, trainers met for more than 30 min to evaluate the day (debriefing); which allowed an improvement in the presentation of the contents of the material and significant advances in terms of the course.
The lessons were delivered as scheduled. At the end of the training, we ended with an evaluation test. The trainers were pleased with the results.

6. We are so much encouraged by the results we are getting
The trainees testify how they are benefiting from this course. They say that the lessons they are getting are of great importance to them because they are serving the church without being trained, in the biblical or theological field and even less leadership and discipleship. The books translated into Kirundi help them in the preparation of seminars in their respective churches. When we were closing the previous training in Cankuzo on Stewardship, the trainees were recommended to do some activities before the next training. It is in this sense that we asked them to share what they have experienced during that period as part of evaluation activity.

A. Rev. Nkeshimana Immaculée: She said that she stood against people who were cutting the eucalyptus heads to make brooms. These people were Christians. Her husband, who is also participating in the training, both sat together and prepared a nursery of 500 seedlings. Those will be transplanted at the right time, to a bare open space in order to protect the environment, and contribute to the safeguard of nature. She encouraged other pastors to prepare sermons related to the topic on the field of the environment.

B. Pastor NIYIBOGORA Desire: He said that he planted banana trees. He has changed the way he used to cultivate and the harvest increased greatly. Then for the next coming growing season, he has already bought the manure.
He also taught his parishioners to plant crops in a modern way. They have a vision of increasing food production so that people have enough to eat, and sell the surplus to the market.

C. RUKUNDO Mary: She said she was able to start a group of Christians that conducts charitable actions toward the sick, orphans and widows. She organized a seminar where she urged women she represents to manage time, to initiate income generating activities, improve farming techniques and trading. She taught them how to trace the contours to better protect arable land.

D. Pastor MUKORUKARABE Simeon: He said he borrowed money to buy livestock. He raised cattle to produce organic fertilizer to fertilize the land in order to increase his agriculture production. At home he is now building a modern toilet so that other people can come and follow that example. At church, he organized a seminar to teach members on how to initiate micro-projects and activities that generate income, using the manual "Stewardship" book. He also said that through his teaching, 34 Muslims have converted to Christianity. These are divided into the three branches that make up the parish. This is a challenge as we have not yet got the Islam and Christianity material into Kirundi--who knows that it won’t be a tool to rescue many Muslims and win them to Christ!

7. Challenges
Due to climate change, crops did not do well and as a result the grassroots people are suffering not only from hunger but also from malnutrition. As a result, our trainees struggle to get enough food during the training. Life is becoming expensive on a daily basis. The socio-economic problems that the country is facing discourage both the trainees and the trainers. But the Gospel continues.

8. Next training
Before closing the training, we discussed over the period of the following training and concluded that: From 12th to 16th September 2016: the training will take place at Muzye and
Cankuzo from 03-07/10 /2016

9. Conclusion
We kept on encouraging participants to continue to put into practice the teachings receiving. We invited them to widen their horizon to include in their sphere of intervention, their local communities and their surroundings, for the world is God’s parish and the perishing are God’s lambs which Jesus died for and came to rescue.

Before we left, we gave them assignments which will help them go through the whole material before the next training and we expect them to come with reports of how they have implemented the acquired skills arising from the training.
The pastors are happy to have attended these teachings because they help them to better understand and interpret the Bible.
The training in both areas: Cankuzo and Muzye ended on Friday, July 8, 2016 in the afternoon.

10. Gratitude
We do not cease to thank ECLEA for material and financial support which enabled us to conduct this training. We thank God the Almighty who guided and protected us during this week dedicated to that activity of building capacities of those pastors.

God bless!

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July 28. 2016
Jonathan Menn-ECLEA Director

Report of trip to Tanzania

I spent three weeks in Tanzania during the last half of June and first part of July, beginning in Arusha and ending on the coast. Here is a summary:

Arusha and Usa River--Biblical Theology
I have finished doing Biblical Theology to a group of about 18 in Arusha and to an unfortunately smaller than expected group of about 8 in Usa River (a suburb 45 minutes from Arusha). This was the first time using the newly revised and expanded Biblical Theology book. Both courses went well--lots of in-depth discussion on such things as grace vs. works, speaking in tongues, and the messages we inadvertently convey by how we express theological truths, and some good questions and feedback.

Testimonies
One participant at Arusha who had had a course in Biblical Theology at Bible School said that our ECLEA book contained much material that he had never been exposed to before and is far better than what he previously had in school.
    One Usa River participant suggested that the number of participants (which was only about 1/3 of the number who had been expected) was as the result of spiritual warfare: "someone" doesn't want the church leaders to hear this material because it could transform their teaching and the churches. Perhaps so.
    Another Usa River participant (a church overseer) said he had known Dickson Laizer (ECLEA's national coordinator) in the past but had lost contact until recently. He has attended another ECLEA course Dickson has taught, and he told me, "Dickson has moved far! He needs to lead me."

Kibaha--Biblical Theology
We did the third of our Biblical Theology training sessions in Kibaha (near Dar es Salaam) for a group of about 12 participants. Throughout Tanzania the numbers were lower than the 20-30 who had been invited and who had committed to attend. One reason for this is language--unlike in Kenya and Uganda, most people are not fluent in English, and they had been anticipating the sessions would be translated into Kiswahili. Since we would not have time to cover the voluminous material with translation, the Swahili speakers went home, but Joram Ibrahim promised to return in August with a Swahili class.
    The class itself was effective, I believe. This was our first time using the revised and expanded Biblical Theology book, which really added to the section on how Christ and the church fulfill the entire OT. One participant told me, "This has opened our eyes."

Dar es Salaam--Biblical Interpretation
We had some hot discussion among the eight participants, particularly concerning speaking in tongues and miracles when we discussed the "framework" we all bring to understanding the Bible. One good aspect about Biblical Interpretation is that ti is very interactive--we use small group and large group discussions and analyze lots of passages of Scripture in several different genres. One participant, who had been to bible school, commented, "I had never been exposed to the Psalms before. It was very helpful."

Tanga--Christianity and Islam
In Tanga, I led the class of approximately 11 participants in the study of Christianity and Islam: Theological Essentials. We took four days for this course (it is our longest book). I am happy to say that one of the participants was a former Muslim. He told me that, when he was a Muslim, he had never heard of much of the information concerning Islam that we covered (and I quote Muslim authorities throughout the book). Tanga is a highly Muslim area. I think this course will prove to be very helpful for the church leaders of East Africa, particularly after the book is translated into Kiswahili.

Moving forward
In teaching through Biblical Theology and Christianity and Islam: Theological Essentials, I discovered some typographical and other errors in both books which I have corrected. I have posted the corrected books on the "ECLEA Courses & Resources" page of the ECLEA website (www.eclea.net). I will now be home for just over a month before I leave for Rwanda and Burundi on August 13. Fortunately, although I was somewhat ill while I was in Tanzania, I am mostly back to normal now (Dickson Laizer who was with me also had some health problems but was considerably improved by the time I left TZ).

I hope to see a number of you while I am home. Your prayers and tax-deductible donations to ECLEA are making a positive difference in the lives of many, many East African church leaders and churches.

August 13, 2016
Robert Mwago, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

I hereby wish to kindly let you know that we were yesterday done with our three meetings at Kevote, Mwea, and Gatunduri respectively.

The Marriage and Parenting course at Kevote had a very big impact. I guess this was as a result of the Forgiveness and Reconciliation seminar we did there some time back. A number of people testified how the course had a great impact in their relationships, especially In their homes. But when we last week did Marriage and Parenting, they responded by saying the courses are getting better.

At Mwea, we were privileged to have Ernest, our national director, teaching alongside me on Forgiveness and Reconciliation course; Ernest did a tremendous job showing those people who live at that border how to reconcile and relate to each other; attached are a pair of photos as he taught.
  
Finally we did Biblical Stewardship course at Gatunduri and people were especially happy to learn how important are their bodies, environment, relationships, and how to be good stewards of all the Lord has entrusted unto them, including their time and money. They promised great changes will occur, and be seen to have occurred, in their lives as they confessed that the teachings have already changed their perspectives. Hopefully, we are eager to see it.

Blessings, Robert

September 7, 2016
Obed Magoko, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Biblical Marriage & Parenting in Garissa, Kenya

HIGHLIGHTS: 
A lady said that she has now known the cure to her marriage since she did not know her husband’s love language and this had contributed to communications breakdown which translated into severe stress to the point of her leaving the marriage. She made a decision of going back and start again now differently armed with this new information.

A pastor decided to go and read the manual with his wife since according to him, understanding and listening part of communication was lacking. The wife leaves for work at 8:00 in the morning and comes back home at 11:00pm. She does not want to be asked why since according to her she is overworked in their hotel business to make ends meet that the church has failed to meet. I hope and pray it will work out well.

Later on the following Sunday, I decided to go through the communication section with our church. I was surprised to note that only a third has ever heard about any of the five love languages.

Once again I wish to thank you for making this to happen.

Pastor Obed, ECLEA-Kenya, North Eastern Coordinator 

September 9, 2016
Bob Mwangi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

The pastors and leaders conferences at Baraka and Naromoro churches (held August 8-13) were very successful and we had good time for fellowship and praying for one another. Baraka we had 23 participants and Naromoro 21 participants.

The pastors and leaders confessed that their eyes got opened while we were studying together the 1st book of Timothy and they discussed in length very many things:
     a) We should teach true gospel of faithfulness because there are many people who are confusing the people of God by      teaching the false teaching in the church of Jesus Christ.
     b) People should be taught a sound teaching which is in the Bible.
     c) The qualification of church leadership was discussed in length because we have many battles in the church and even many court cases because of leaders who are not qualified because they were just elected in the positions of leadership.
     d) People should be taught the true Godliness because false godliness is also taught in many churches.
     e) True Christians should have spiritual discipline.
     f) People in the church should treat one another as a family Brethren to live together in unity caring for one another.

Because we are members of one body and keepers of each other, we agreed to teach the true relationship between godliness and material riches because we have many people who are also teaching false gospel and are confusing the people of God.

September 10, 2016
Samuel Ochieng, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

REPORTS OF ECLEA CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS FROM NORTH RIFT REGION

THE FIRST REPORT
The first one was done in Huruma Faith Crossing Centre Church the subject was 1st Timothy Leadership). I did it in June 15th to 17th 2016, with facilitators Steve Maina, Philip and Samuel. Attendance was 22 leaders. Many questions concerning the quality of church leadership, the place of women in the leadership of the church, the character of a minister and so many other issues that have been properly explained in the manuals.
 
THE SECOND REPORT
The other meeting was done in Kimilili town. We did a seminar with pastors on Biblical Stewardship. We concentrated  especially on the area of money and possessions and the critique of prosperity gospel and finances. We managed to cover almost half of the book because there were a lot of questions on money issues and leadership/church stewardship.
 
The attendance was so good because we almost had 29 leaders every day. The meeting was done during weekdays from 13th to 15th of July. Those who facilitated were pastor Samuel, Dr Philip and pastor Wycliffe Wawire.
 
THE THIRD REPORT
The last one was in Kapsabet 18th to 20th August 2016. We did Biblical Theology because we were dealing with Bible College students. It was so intensive a class with a lot of explanation and debate surrounding area like the old temple and today’s temple, the spiritual Israel and physical Israel, then the tabernacle and God’s relationship with mankind then and now.
 
I tell you for sure they loved to study the manual that even three full days cannot be enough for them we did the teaching with Dr. Philip Okumbe, Dr. Gedion Nyangweso (the man who prayed for you when you were at my place; he is a great teacher), and I. And it was a good one!

So far the North Rift ECLEA team has done their six meetings, plus the one you did in April makes it to be seven in number.

God bless you. Samuel Ochieng, ECLEA-Kenya, North Rift Coordinator

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September 21, 2016
Jonathan Menn, ECLEA Director

Here's a brief report of my most recent trip to Rwanda and Burundi:

Byumba and Ruhango, Rwanda
We have done Biblical Interpretation in both Byumba (about 30 participants) and Ruhango (about 20 participants). Both courses went well even though this was my first time teaching this course through an interpreter. Animated discussions. Since we are talking about basic principles of reading, observing, interpreting, and applying the Bible to pastors and church leaders, it is amazing and saddening (but not entirely surprising), that one participant said, "I have never heard any of this before."

One of the things I do is have small or large group discussions of multiple passages of Scripture as we deal with the various core hermeneutical principles and biblical genres. One participant said "He's choosing all the passages we misinterpret!" Several people have indicated that the things they are learning are challenging their "frameworks" (i.e., their pre-conceived views and ways of looking at things). That is true, but in the long run it should prove to be beneficial if the churches can get re-directed to a more sure foundation.

Protais Nshogoza
Our host in Byumba was pastor Protais Nshogoza. He is and will be working with ECLEA closely with coordinator Francis Ngoboka. He also has been doing some translating of our written work into Kinyarwanda. It is my honor to work with him, especially after he told me some of his story. After his parents died, he was raised by a Muslim relative and brought up as a Muslim. He was trained at an Islamic school and was equipped to try to convert Christians to Islam by using the Bible. This he did for a few years. However, Christ appeared to him in a vision or dream. He converted to Christ and then, unfortunately not surprisingly, faced persecution by his erstwhile Muslim "friends." Protais received a theological education and has been God's instrument to lead a number of Muslims to Christ.

His story is even more interesting. During the genocide in 1994, Protais's wife, two sons, and other family members were murdered. Protais himself and his daughter miraculously were able to survive and later be reunited. He had to live in a swamp for a month, eating only papyrus and drinking fetid water. But things became even more amazing. Protais learned that the murderers of his family were in a particular prison. God spoke to him about forgiving those who had murdered his family. He ultimately went to the prison, forgave the men, helped them, and was instrumental in their being released. Now he leads forgiveness and reconciliation meetings around the country for former genocidaires and their victims. Only God could have brought about this miraculous transformation of his life. He is an inspiration.

Kanombe, Rwanda
I did a Biblical Theology training for about 25 participants in Kanombe (a suburb of Kigali). The participants found that seeing Jesus in all the Scriptures (i.e., in typological form in the OT) was a new and exciting thing. We also had considerable discussion concerning the tithe, given the fact that Christ fulfilled the OT law and the Old Covenant and instituted the New Covenant.

Following that, we did a TOT on Biblical Interpretation for 11 leaders from around the country and concluded with a meeting with those leaders so that I could give them my vision for ECLEA in Rwanda and take their questions. Francis Ngoboka is doing an excellent job coordinating ECLEA's work in Rwanda. He (and the leaders I met with) has the vision and is very missions oriented. Further, in just a year he has organized 6 teaching centers in different parts of the country, recruited capable leaders in those centers, and has led 19 all-African conferences at those centers. Quite an accomplishment!

A God Thing
Rwanda and Burundi are, unfortunately, having a war of words right now. As a result, buses from Rwanda no longer can go into Burundi. They have to stop at the border then, after going through customs, one has to walk some distance to get a Burundian bus to the capital of Bujumbura. As I was standing in the customs line on the Burundi side of the border, I asked the person in front of me if he knew where one had to go to catch the bus. He said, "Are you a servant of God?" I said I was and asked him if he was. He and his companions in fact were pastors from Burundi on their way home from Kenya, and they all spoke English! He told me not to worry as they would wait for me. After I made it through the line I walked on; the pastors had rented a private car. For only about $3.00 over the cost of a bus ticket I was able to ride to Bujumbura with them without waiting. Just a little special grace from God.

Bujumbura, Burundi
In Bujumbura I did Biblical Interpretation for five full days with the staff of ECLEA's Burundi partner, Rema Ministries, and some others, a total of 16 participants. The extra time enabled us to have plenty of time for good questions and discussion. We covered, either as a whole group or in small group discussions, 16 important biblical passages the significance of which is often missed or misinterpreted. Further, on the last day (which focused on application) we looked at about a dozen passages demonstrating how biblical ideals, doctrines, examples, laws, commands, and rules can be applied within our context today.

An Interesting God Thing
While I was in Bujumbura, I bought some bottles of pili-pili (hot sauce). I also needed to get a bottle of water so I pointed to the water which was located next to the pili-pili bottles. The shop's proprietor said the water was 2000 Burundi franks (about 80 cents), which was higher than expected, but the bottle was bigger than the standard 500ml size so I didn't think much of it. I left everything in the bag until the next morning when I needed the water and then, when I finally looked at the label, discovered that it wasn't water at all but was white vinegar!

I decided to take the vinegar to Rema Ministries to see if they could use it. When I offered it to him, Felibien Ndintore, the outgoing director of Rema, smiled and then told me "the rest of the story." He said that throughout his term as director, nothing has ever been stolen or gone missing from the Rema Ministries headquarters except, oddly, one bottle of vinegar! Since I gave him the vinegar, he can now report that nothing has ever been stolen or gone missing from the Rema Ministries headquarters during his term of office. Amazing.

Looking Ahead
I am now scheduled to be home until I leave for Tanzania and Kenya on October 15. I hope to see many of you. Please keep ECLEA in your prayers. Your financial support is also very important. We are making a big difference in a vital part of the world. You can read reports not only of my work in East Africa but of many all-African training conferences on the "News" page of the ECLEA website (http://www.eclea.net/news.html). Thank you for your support. We could not be deepening the foundations and strengthening the churches without you.

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September 13, 2016
Thomas Mwai, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

We were able to do our Expository Preaching at Witeithie where we hosted 23 leaders and pastors. Many of them were used to topical sermons and through the course some pastor pledged to use expository. Many appreciated the fact that the book explains the purpose of preaching is to change life, an idea in line with God's word and not to entertain, and the book explains that. Anyway we need to go back there in future for follow up program.

We also finished the Biblical Stewardship course last Friday where we hosted 25 pastors and leaders at Githunguri. When I started with stewardship of environment they thought there was nothing spiritual, but as God helped me to unfold the truths in the book they eventually concluded that this is most spiritual book and they promised to teach it in their churches! Not many of them know how to handle relationships and finances. Many promised to work with budget to avoid waste.

We thank God for you and ECLEA for being a partner in our ministries. God bless you.

Regards,
Thomas (ECLEA-Kenya, Kiambu region)


September 28, 2016

Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

On 8th to 10th September 2016 we had a very successful Biblical Stewardship at Chogoria Town. 22 Participants, both Pastors and Leaders, attended the conference.

We went through the whole book. When we were sharing concerning the issue of time and how one should master his/her time, the debate was very hot because many had a believe that only Mzungu can keep time not Africans. I informed them that whenever one messes up with his time he is messing up with his life. I also told them that time is irreversible and irreplaceable and to waste your time is to waste your life. One Pastor told us that when he is conducting the Church service he does not look at his watch but allows the Holy Spirit to take control. I strongly challenged this kind of belief. Many of them agreed with me that we are not slaves of time but stewards of time.

I told them that slaves are tortured so as to accomplish the objectives of their earthly masters while stewards are the trustees of their heavenly master. The frameworks of many were changed and they promised me that they will be good stewards of time. They were amazed when I told them that how we will spend our eternity depends upon what we do with our life now.

On 12th to 14th September 2016 I took 1 Timothy T.O.T. to Muthara Town. 19 Pastors and Leaders attended the conference; six denominations were represented.

I thank God because all the participants were sharp and everything we discussed they were able to understand very quickly. They told me that although many of them have been in the field preaching the gospel of the cross they never understood the goal of their preaching. When we discussed chapter 1:5, they were astonished. The issue of men lifting up their hands while praying and women to keep quite was also another thing that raised a very fruitful discussion because many said they were practicing chapter two as it is written. But after the conference they changed their mind and they have come to a point of understanding that the lifting of hands is just a metaphor.

On 15th to 17th September I did Marriage & Parenting at Chuka. 23 Leaders and Pastors attended; 5 denominations were represented.

I taught them the 4 wrong ways of solving problems in a family set up; for example:
      1. Deny that there is a problem
      2. Avoid or run away from the problem.
      3. Endure the problem without trying to solve it(suffer in silence)
      4. Make threats, yell, and demand your own way.

Many of them agreed that they are the victims of the above and nobody has ever addressed such problems in the churches they attend. Many sisters were shedding tears when I emphasized the above because throughout their marriage life they have been running away from the problems instead of solving them. Some marriages in this locality are collapsing due to the influence of their mothers-in-law. I told them that in-laws should not be allowed to interfere with or control one's marriage and home life. We came to a common conclusion that nobody should deny that there is a problem when the problem is existing. One Pastor told us that he used threats whenever he was unable to meet the needs of his family. After discussing many things concerning marriage, many of them requested to pray for them and their families of which I did.

Finally they were all grateful for what ECLEA is doing not only to them as individuals but also to their Churches. May God bless ECLEA in Jesus name.

Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

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November 9, 2016
James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

On November 2-4 we taught the Forgiveness & Reconciliation course at Naivasha town. Peter Mwangi and I did the teaching. We had 23 participants, and 9 churches were represented. The meeting went well.

Here are some testimonies:
   * Pastor Mary Ngaho: She had a grudge with a neighbor who she thought had poisoned her calf. She was very bitter. But she forgave and even more after the teaching. She knew she had done the right thing and was very grateful.
   * Pastor John Mutuku: He had carried a grudge against his uncle who he knew had been involved in bewitching his father who died. Every time he remembered this he felt very bitter. After the teaching, he completely released his uncle and experienced the freedom that comes with forgiveness.
   * Rev. Muiruri: He had had an encounter with an employer who had employed him for a long time and had failed to pay him 100,000 Kenya shillings which were owed him. It was a big issue, but the employer later paid him 4000 shillings and he released and forgave her.

James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

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November 12, 2016
Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Barnabas Mpekethi

On 24th – 26th October I took Biblical Forgiveness & Reconciliation to Kiutine town in Meru County. 21 Pastors and Leaders attended. This town is beyond Maua town. It is a miraa (khat) growing zone, and as a result of this drug, many people live in great grudge.

In the conference many were the questions that were being asked commonly when they understood what forgiveness is and what forgiveness is not. In this town people attend the same church and yet they have pending criminal cases in the court of law against each other.

Due to miraa and lack of forgiveness there is a big number of people living with one hand or both cut off. They argued that it is impossible to forgive and reconcile. I told them that it is not a must you reconcile with the one who wronged you but it is a must for one to forgive. We agreed that I will take the same course to them next year if the Lord wishes.

The Biblical Interpretation conference started at 8.30am on 27th – 29th October with 19 participants and 8 denominations were represented. This course challenged many pastors because some of them have mastered some verses in the Bible and when they present them to the congregation they use a lot of time wandering in the Bible because they don`t understand the context. How they travel in the Bible is also another big problem because they don`t know how to connect a chapter with another chapter or even how to relate one book of the Bible with another.

We used a lot of time to do away with the old approach of the Bible. We allowed the Bible to interpret itself and emphasized not putting our own things or twisting the Word of God so as to fit our own desires. I bless God because of the people of this area. They were very serious even when it came to group discussions.

On 31st October – 2nd November 2016, I took 1st Timothy to Mbaranga village, a small shopping centre with a big population. 17 pastors and leaders attended the meeting. 5 churches were represented. Two brothers and one sister attended this course at Muthara sometime back, and they were very happy to see that ECLEA is mindful even of the people who live in such villages because many organizations do not mind about the village people; rather they like dealing with the people in towns and cities. (They were very grateful.)

We were able to cover the whole course. I asked them whether they know the goal of our preaching as it is indicated in (1st Timothy 1:5 [the goal of our instruction is LOVE]) they said they didn`t. I was to explain slowly by slowly because many of them were slow learners.

When we tackled chapter three, one pastor was very remorseful and he said that he does not qualify to be a pastor since he has two wives, initially because he paid dowry for the two of them he thought there was nothing wrong with starting a church and continue preaching. I told him that it is good to lose a big responsibility like that of being a pastor and participate in other church activities rather than breaking the Word of God. As I write this report, the man has stepped down willingly and the church is moving on well. They have invited me to go and share what transpired in our conference to a point of their pastor stepping down and I am planning to visit them as soon as possible.
I told the pastors that they should be paid by the church and not to carry the offering every Sunday while hiding their members for accountability and transparency purposes. Many of them said that they would keep good records in the church. I bless God for the great transformation that is taking place in this great region of upper eastern Kenya.

On 3rd – 5th November, I took the Christianity & Islam course to Isiolo town. 26 participants attended. 3 brothers who were Muslims and later accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour were among the 26 participants. Through them, I can see a wide door opened for many to receive Jesus Christ in this densely populated town (many Muslims).

As you know this book requires many days to go through because it is a very detailed book. It is of great help to the converted Muslims in this town of Isiolo and other parts of Kenya and East Africa at large. We were able to cover the Basic Aspects of Islam and the five pillars of Islam. We all agreed that if at all the Christians will understand all this, the growth of Islam in Kenya and East Africa will decrease at a higher percentage. They requested me to go back with the same course as soon as possible. All of them said that they have never come across such a book (Christianity & Islam)

On 7th – 9th November I took the same course to Maili saba, still in Isiolo County. 16 people participated and we were able to cover a big area of our manual, reason being the more the number, the more the questions; hence taking much time to elaborate almost everything. We covered the Basic Aspects of Islam, five pillars of Islam and the six articles of belief (Iman). The participants told me after the course that they`ll print the manuals and engage the up-coming generation in reading them bit by bit and as the years goes by, Maili saba will be transformed into a Christian town.

They all came to a common conclusion that they've tasted the teachings of this wonderful book (Christianity & Islam) and they want us to go back again and again because teaching them once is not enough. I am planning on how I will go back to them and I will let you know.

I concluded my conferences with a very good team of sharp guys at Bula Mawe on 10th – 12th November 2016. 20 brothers and sisters attended. Among them, only one had never attended the mosque before he accepted Jesus at his tender age. One of them said that he has read so many books concerning Islam but recommended our manual and said that the whole manual is full of insight on the matters that pertain to Islam.

Finally I thank the ECLEA team. God bless you. Your labour is not in vain. God bless ECLEA.
BSP.BARNABAS 
UPPER EASTERN COORDINATOR

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November 14, 2016
Thomas Mwai, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

We did our all-African Expository Preaching meeting in Kangari whereby we had 22 Pastors and leaders from different denominations. We found out that many pastors do not apply the Word of God and they had to agree that preaching is work. One of the things that we discouraged so much is preaching from one verse out of context as many Pentecostals do. They pointed out that ECLEA curriculum is very rich for any serious pastor who want to preach well.

We also did Marriage & Parenting in Mangu where we hosted 10 couples. We realized that many Christian marriages are suffering silently and we had a chance of interacting and addressing some of the practical issues that face marriages today in the light shed in the ECLEA curriculum. In fact some of the families were healed.

Finally, we did 1 Timothy in Mairi where we had a host of 19 Pastors and church leaders. We had a spirited debate especially in the controversial areas of women since this place is dominated by several cults some of which were in the meeting. At last, as explained in the 1 Timothy book, we did not take sides but explained the word of God and different positions. The very thing that we stressed so much is the goal of our instruction.

Regards,
Thomas (Kiambu ECLEA regional coordinator)

November 29, 2016
Robert Mwago, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

This is to let you know that we last Saturday successfully wound up our meetings that were scheduled for the first two weeks of November. We did Biblical Stewardship both at Makengi and Kevote. The stewardship of environment was a great favorite with many at Makengi though there were several who confessed that they have learned a lot from 'Stewardship of time', that it was so significant to them; that they will henceforth plan their time carefully and wisely, and endeavour to honor their schedules. At Kevote many promised to plant trees to check the growing problem of deforestation and soil erosion.

At Githimu, the most lively meeting among the four, many minds which had used the gospel to focus mostly on themselves, were graciously humbled by the fact that Jesus Christ takes the center-stage in all of the scripture. 

1 Timothy at Karitiri was also very interesting in that many people are now aware of the false gospel that a few years back was quite popular with many. They are now attentive to the true gospel that is devoid of empty promises; and as this was one of the major goals of ECLEA, to that effect I can say we are successful.

Robert

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November 17, 2016
Jonathan Menn, ECLEA Director

Here is the account of my most recent trip to east Africa (my fifth, and last, of 2016). I spent 2½ weeks in Tanzania and then finished with a two-day summit meeting in Nairobi of ECLEA leaders from each of the five countries of the East African Community.

Sakila—1 Timothy
Dickson Laizer arranged for us to teach 1 Timothy at a new and important venue, a large school in Sakila (about an hour away from Arusha). The school trains men who will be planting churches and men and women who are training for ministry. We were to teach Monday-Friday afternoons from about 1:00PM-4:30PM.

When we arrived on Monday, however, we were informed that there were some other presenters. As a result, we only had 1 hour 15 minutes to teach on Monday and two hours on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday had to be cancelled because of a graduation ceremony the people at the school had forgotten about when Dickson made the arrangements. We finished with 2 1/2 hours of teaching on Friday. This is Africa, and one must adapt.


That being said, while our presentation was truncated, the 80 participants received the material enthusiastically, and I think we made an impact. What is particularly significant is that, although these are people preparing for ministry and planting churches, not one of the students had ever studied an entire book of the Bible all the way through as we did with 1 Timothy! Hopefully, this will bear fruit. The head of the school was very impressed by ECLEA. So despite a less than auspicious beginning, we probably will be returning.

Arusha—Christianity & Islam
We went through our lengthy and important book Christianity & Islam: Theological Essentials. The 22 pastors and church leaders are finding this a very important and timely course, especially given the large and rising presence of Islam in Tanzania. The 5½ days of Christianity & Islam in Arusha were very important. One participant said that he had studied Islam from the diploma level to the masters level but had never encountered a book as deep as ECLEA's Christianity & Islam: Theological Essentials. The participants talked about their continuing to stay in touch so as to be able not only to teach their own people but also to develop effective strategies for reaching out to Muslims. Please pray that this occurs.

Babati, TZ—Biblical Interpretation
Our last venue in Tanzania was Babati, about 2 hours south of Arusha. We did Biblical Interpretation for about 18 church leaders. As we have found elsewhere, the course challenged many people's "frameworks" (i.e., the way they have historically approached the Bible and understood several passages). That is why I go through many passages--from single verses to entire chapters (and more)--and have the participants discuss them in small groups (or we discuss the passages as a committee of the whole). Seeing the importance of context along with core hermeneutical principles is transformative.

Nairobi, KE—ECLEA Leaders' Summit Meeting
Immediately upon concluding the teaching session in Babati, Dickson Laizer, Joram Ibrahim, and I traveled to Nairobi, Kenya for the important summit meeting of ECLEA leaders from each of the 5 countries of the East Africa Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda). This is the third such summit we have held, and this one proved to be the most focused and productive.

Here are the highlights:
     * Each country now is led by excellent people who all share the same vision and are committed to what ECLEA is doing. ECLEA's vision and goal is summarized as "Deep Foundation - Healthy Churches - Transformed Lives."
     * The best way to achieve this goal is to have indigenous, independent, self-sustaining ECLEA organizations in each of the East African countries. This will involve registration as independent organizations in four of the countries (in Burundi we are partnering with an already-established organization, Rema Ministries). At the summit, we agreed on a timetable for determining organizational structures, preparing constitutions, and registration which, God-willing, can be completed by the end of 2017.
     * We agreed that, to have lasting impact, follow-up is as important as our conferences themselves. Consequently, follow-up will be mandatory for all future training conferences. Each country will send a report to the others of how they are doing follow-up now, including what works and what doesn't seem to work. This will enable us to develop a more standardized follow-up and assessment protocol.
     * We also decided to standardize the budgeting process for all-African conferences and the reporting procedure for reporting on what is being done in each country. This will help with financial accountability, among other things.

Summary and looking ahead
There was a great spirit of unity, seriousness, and enthusiasm at the summit. Dr. Paul Nelsen, who was one of the people whose input was instrumental in the development of the (attached) vision and goal statement was present and was a valuable contributor at the summit. In fact, because of the new procedures and timetables we agreed on, instead of holding the next summit in two years (as we had done in the past), we agreed to hold the next summit meeting in February 2018 in Kampala, Uganda.

In short, ECLEA is focused and is on the move! I am very grateful for the many good East Africans who are doing such an excellent job of equipping the church leaders in this vital and strategic part of the world. I am also thankful for those of you who pray for this ministry and support ECLEA financially. God has certainly answered our prayers, and your financial support is paying great dividends—the deep foundations ECLEA is laying are demonstrably leading to healthy churches and transformed lives. Very few others are doing what we are doing and not on the scale we are doing it.

Thank you again, and may God bless you. Jonathan

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December 12, 2016
Frederic Harerimana, ECLEA-Burundi national coordinator

REPORT OF THE MISSION HELD IN NYANZA LAC FROM 21st – 25th NOVEMBER 2016

I. Introduction
We praise the Lord that he opened the doors for us to go ahead with our program of training our rural church leaders. We believe that this program was inspired by God as we testify how the trainees in this program are so much devoted in this teaching program. We see that this training has started to transform people’s lives. We are looking ahead to look on the results as the training goes on.

II. Activities
The mission started on Monday 21st, 2016 in which five people took part in that mission as trainers.
     1. Harerimana Frederic
     2. Nitunga Francois
     3. Binagana Mukiza Amon - intern
     4. Hitimana Emmanuel - intern
     5. Nduwimana Ferdinand - intern

As you can notice, the last three people have been sent by Hope Africa University to do their internship in Rema Ministries. They are also theological students writing their dissertation/paper. We have thoroughly trained them and initiated them in the ECLEA materials we are using and joined us in the training. They did well. We are happy with them. We are thrilled that now we have a new class that started in Nyanza lac on the request of Minevam Church. Pastor Theophle Nahigombeye had insisted that this training and class be started in Nyanza Lac in collaboration with MINEVAM as he is the superintendent of Bururi, Makamba, Rumonge and Rutana provinces encouraged the participants with and through this testimony. But not only pastors from Minevam church attended the training but also from other church denominations nearby Nyanza lac.

III. Topics
We did with them Biblical Stewardship material. It was  an eye-opening time with lots of discussions on practical matters.

Different pastors testify:
Rev. Pastor Nahigombeye Théophile: "I had served the Lord for quite a long time but without any prior theological training until I got an opportunity to meet Rema Ministries and have any capacity building session. My former employer which was Swedish Pentecostal Church said to me when I submitted my calling to them: 'You have the Bible and the Holy Spirit; those will guide you, feed you, and do everything for you. As for us we will just give you "a piece of soap”.'" Indeed, he was paid 800 BIF, less than a dollar per month, yet he had a wife and children to cater for and yet most of his time was spent at the church. He said: "I had an opportunity to sit at the feet of Rema Ministries staff and learned something. On top of their biblical exposition trainings, based on stewardship course, they also train pastors to work hard and initiate something that would generate for them something to rely and depend on and fight against poverty which is rampant in our families, something we had never heard of in my former church, Swedish Pentecosta,l where they were pleased with giving me a piece of soap and hope that the Lord would open the gate of heaven and shower money for me to depend on." From his past experience, since he started putting into practice what he learned in that course of stewardship, especially stewardship of the environment, his life and of his whole family changed completely.

Not only his family’s life changed, he went ahead and trained, opened the eyes of his congregants and they understood these teachings related to the stewardship of the environment, stewardship of money, time, etc., and to the surprise of the surrounding, they realized that the life of the church and the congregants have changed. To date, none of his church pastors is paid a “soap”! Rather, they receive a salary, be it small but it is a salary, for the congregants have understood the importance of working hard to earn honestly their daily bread and they pay the tithe regularly as a result of God blessing the work of their hands. He went on telling them that now he is well dressed, and from scratch now is having a milking cow; he runs pharmacies which are producing funds he is depending on. Not only that, he planted some fruit trees which produce fruits and these fruits are sold to increase the bag of the church.

He told the participants that this was the reason why he insisted that Rema must start this class in Nyanza Lac for local pastors in the area. He assured of all the participants that they will never regret the time they have given for I know you will benefit a lot. Taking them into the Bible he told them that the Lord has remembered them and that they should not thwart this opportunity and take it for granted. He encouraged the participants to be serious and get everything that will be said, and more importantly, put those things into practice.

Pastor Sylvestre NDAGIJIMANA: "These teachings have edified and built me up considerably. I have understood that I am a steward. Wow! I am a steward of myself. I must work hard to develop myself. I must set a goal of myself for tomorrow and that of my family, contrary to what I had been taught out of context before; that tomorrow will worry about itself." He for the first time realized the importance of sleeping under a mosquito net but from now on, he was going to purchase mosquito nets for the whole family. He did not understand the connection between malaria and mosquitoes.

Pastor Elisée MUKOZI: "This is a divine golden grace and opportunity to be accepted in these training sessions related to the protection of the environment. In fact, the government is silent about it and everybody does what he things good without minding the negative consequences he might be creating not only for himself and the present generation but also for the future generations. Now, that I have understood through this training by Rema Ministries, I vow to inform and train other people in my neigbhorhood and expect me to give you a tangible report next time you come and if you want, come with me I will show what I will have done in the between session. I would wish to see my neighbors living decently and I notice that people perish for lack of knowledge."

Pastor Gilbert NDAGIJIMANA: This one understood and appreciated the teaching on the stewardship of time. "I understand now that time is money and that many people cheat when they use their time on things they were not supposed to especially civil servant people. They cheat the government. From now on, I promise to manage and steward my time. I will start by my church where I am suppiosed to steward and now that I have understood that I will give an account to God as to how I have used the time the Lord has bestowed on me and the people he has entrusted me with."

IV. Conclusion
All these people were given assignments and homework which will make them go through the whole subject. In fact, they were challenged and advised to read the whole material, digest it and get substance from it which will help them in the mission, work and call they have.

We were so much encouraged by how different church leaders discussed on what should be done so that they be able to apply what they are learning. Church leaders in the training were so much interested and motivated. They were looking forward to coming back with the reports of what they will have initiated and achieved in connection with the teachings they got. They learned with enthusiasm. We hope to see the impact of this training within the course on the program and after training. Praise God.

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ECLEA 2016 YEAR-END REPORT

2016 has been a momentous year for ECLEA. Here are some of the highlights:

Jonathan’s work in East Africa
As has been my practice for several years, I made 5 trips to East Africa and did training sessions in each of the countries of the East Africa Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda). As I have been trying to do for the last few years, I am working more and more with smaller groups of leaders rather than doing larger conferences. Also, I am trying to not do as many of ECLEA’s foundational courses (since we have good African teachers in each of the countries who teach these well) but concentrate on training our pastor-teachers in more theological courses. This focus is reflected in my work this year:

Burundi: I spent a week doing Biblical Interpretation with 16 members of Rema Ministries (ECLEA’s partner in Burundi) and selected others.
Kenya: I did Biblical Theology 5 times with 95 total participants and Biblical Interpretation once with 25 participants.
Rwanda: I did Biblical Interpretation 3 times with 60 total participants and Biblical Theology once with 25 participants.
Tanzania: I did Biblical Theology 3 times with 38 total participants, Biblical Interpretation 2 times with 26 total participants, Christianity & Islam 2 times with 33 participants, and 1 Timothy once with 80 participants.
Uganda: I did Biblical Interpretation 4 times with 54 total participants (including teaching for a week at Kampala Evangelical School of Theology) and Biblical Stewardship once with 9 participants.

Frank Cummings' work in East Africa
Frank made 3 trips to East Africa. He concentrates on Biblical Counseling and Hermeneutics (he uses somewhat different material than I use for Biblical Interpretation). His records indicate the following:

Kenya: Hermeneutics 3 times with 87 total participants; Biblical Counseling 2 times with 54 total participants.
Uganda: Hermeneutics once with 14 participants; Biblical Counseling 2 times with 35 total participants.
 
All-African conferences and TOTs
ECLEA’s name reflects what we stand for: we equip church leaders of East Africa so they can equip others. As a result, the vast majority of ECLEA’s work is done by the East Africa church leaders themselves! This is reflected in the all-African ECLEA training sessions conducted in 2016. My records indicate our ECLEA teams have taught the following courses (and the number of times each course has been taught):

Burundi: Rema Ministries (ECLEA’s teaching partner in Burundi) did Biblical Theology—3; Biblical Stewardship—3; Marriage & Parenting—1; Forgiveness & Reconciliation—1; and 1 Timothy—1. Rema has established 4 teaching centers around the country and typically teaches for 5 days in a row, giving assignments and conducting follow-up.
Kenya: Kenya has 14 regions for ECLEA training, each with a regional coordinator. This year the ECLEA-Kenya teams have done 1 Timothy—26; Forgiveness & Reconciliation—25; Biblical Stewardship—22; Marriage & Parenting—9; Biblical Theology—7; Expository Preaching—6; Christianity & Islam—4; Biblical Interpretation—1; Biblical Counseling—1.
Rwanda: Rwanda has established 6 training centers around the country, each with its own coordinator. So far this year, 1 Timothy and Biblical Stewardship have been taught in all 6 centers, Marriage & Parenting in 4 centers, Biblical Interpretation in 3 centers, Biblical Theology in 2 centers, and Expository Preaching in 1.
Tanzania: Tanzania is divided into 4 zones which are subdivided into regions and districts, with ECLEA leaders over each. This year ECLEA-Tanzania teachers have done the following training sessions: 1 Timothy—37; Biblical Stewardship—30; Expository Preaching—11; Biblical Theology—4.
Uganda: Uganda is divided into 3 ECLEA teaching regions: West (primarily the Masindi-Kitara Diocese of the Church of Uganda); Central (consisting of 12 centers); and the East (Soroti area). In addition to using ECLEA material to train the COU’s lay readers, ECLEA-Uganda teachers have taught the following in the Central and East regions: 1 Timothy—12 (including follow-up TOTs); Biblical Stewardship—10 (including follow-up TOTs); Biblical Interpretation—5 (including follow-up TOTs).
South Sudan: Although not formally part of the East Africa Community, South Sudan (the world’s newest country) borders northern Uganda and Kenya. ECLEA-Kenya teaching teams have gone to South Sudan 3 times this year and have taught the following: 1 Timothy—7; Forgiveness & Reconciliation—7; Biblical Stewardship—6; Expository Preaching—6; Biblical Theology—3; Marriage & Parenting—1.
 
Other ECLEA happenings
In November, we had an important summit meeting of ECLEA leaders from each of the 5 countries of the East Africa Community. This is the third such summit we have held, and this one proved to be the most focused and productive. Here are highlights:

Each country now is led by excellent people who all share the same vision and are committed to what ECLEA is doing. ECLEA’s vision and goal is summarized as “Deep Foundation - Healthy Churches - Transformed Lives.”
Our goal is to have indigenous, independent, self-sustaining ECLEA organizations in each of the East African countries. This will involve registration as independent organizations in four of the countries (in Burundi our partner, Rema Ministries, is already established). At the summit, we agreed on a timetable for determining organizational structures, preparing constitutions, and registration which, God-willing, can be completed by the end of 2017.
We agreed that, to have lasting impact, follow-up is as important as our conferences themselves. Consequently, follow-up will be mandatory for all future training conferences. Each country will send a report to the others of how they are doing follow-up now, including what works and what doesn't seem to work. This will enable us to develop a more standardized follow-up and assessment protocol.
We also decided to standardize the budgeting process for all-African conferences and the reporting procedure for reporting on what is being done in each country. This will help with financial accountability, among other things.
The translation of our books into the major East African languages is continuing. There was a great spirit of unity, seriousness, and enthusiasm at the summit. In short, ECLEA is focused and is on the move!

Looking ahead
I am very grateful for the many good East Africans who are doing such an excellent job of equipping the church leaders in this vital and strategic part of the world. I am also thankful for those of you who pray for this ministry and support ECLEA financially. God has certainly answered our prayers, and your financial support is paying great dividends—the deep foundations ECLEA is laying are demonstrably leading to healthy churches and transformed lives. Very few others are doing what we are doing and not on the scale we are doing it.

Here’s what you can do to make a difference:

Giving opportunities: Giving can be done online through the website (http://www.eclea.net/contact.html), or automatic fund transfers can be arranged through your bank, or checks (payable to ECLEA) can be sent to the ECLEA office at 3701 N. Gillett St., Appleton, WI 54914. ECLEA’s work and impact are expanding. Thus, your financial support is vital. Donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of your tax-deductible donations goes to the work of the ministry; nothing is raked off for personal support.

To contact ECLEA's bookkeeper: If you wish to contact Benda Haase, ECLEA’s secretary and bookkeeper, her office number is 920-731-5523 and her email address is ccappleton@att.net. We value your input and suggestions.

Merry Christmas and Greetings from ECLEA!

Thank you again, and may God bless you. Jonathan Menn (ECLEA Director)

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2017 News Archive

February 25, 2017
Fredrick Njoroge, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

My first conference this year was successfully conducted. We had good time in learning the principles of Forgiveness and Reconciliation as prescribed in the annual. To many as they confessed was awake up sign for their well-being. The attendance was not as we expected for we were more than thirty.

The biggest challenge was to make them see the sense of taking care of themselves in the course of the conference of which they did, but on a light note. As you know, CHANGE is not all ways easily welcomed But sometimes it is inevitable.

This made them to take manuals at home with debt, promising to pay as l return to them, as l conduct the follow-up exercise. It was not easy but we will continue to insist to them that they need to share the burden of the conferences for their own benefit.

With regards, Rev Frederick

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March 1, 2017
James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

On February 22-24, 2017 Peter Mwangi and I) did Biblical Stewardship at Wanjohi, Nyandarua. We had 25 participants. The meeting went well.

Here are some of the comments:

* Rev. Samuel Ndirangu said this meeting was transformative in that it will help the delegates to become better stewards of that they have learned. He promised to continue to teach his church.
* Archdeacon Peter felt that the training would go a long way to help the people see things from a new worldview. He promised to attend future meetings.
* Mary Wambui felt they had gone from one level to the next. She was greatly helped by the teaching on stewardship of relationships, and said she would do her best to be a good steward in her family.

Best regards, James Kamau

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March 3, 2017
Robert Mwago, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

We have completed successfully our Forgiveness and Reconciliation courses at Karurina and Gatunduri. At Karurina we wound up Thursday last week and at Gatunduri last Wednesday. The courses went on smoothly in the two venues since we had done the same course at the two venues before. Delegates at the two venues were quite engaging this time round proving the course done before was bearing fruit. Soon I will be going for follow-up where we have agreed that each and every one of the delegates will testify how the course has helped them, and those they have been able to reach in their communities.

Take care, Robert Mwago

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March 11, 2017
Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

I did 1 Timothy on 23rd - 25th Feb 2017 in Nchiru. The conference was attended by 16 church leaders and pastors, seven denominations were represented.

God brought to me on that day two prosperity preachers who opposed almost everything in Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of 1 Timothy. I told them that the goal of our preaching is love, which comes from a pure heart and a sincere faith. When I emphasized how the prosperity preachers are misleading God’s people with their fake teachings they were unable to tolerate; they left after lunch.

The fourteen who were left promised me that they will be the ambassadors of true gospel in and out of the season.
Some pastors confessed that they have been teaching people myths and endless genealogies due to lack of enough knowledge. One old preacher of the gospel confessed that after church service for about 22 years, his wife carries the offering of the church without recording because the Bible says what the left hand has done, the right hand should not know. I told them that church records should not be kept by the wives of the pastors but by transparent and accountable people in our respective denominations. The man said that his framework was highly challenged by chapter five of 1 Timothy and vowed that he will not repeat that kind of mistakes in his Ministry life.

Best Regards, Bishop Barnabas

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March 18, 2017
James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

On March 8-10, Ernest Mwilitsa and I led an Expository Preaching workshop for 14 participants at Naivasha Karagita.

Here are some of the comments:
* Pastor Christine Kamau said she learned how to help the congregation apply the Word of God and how to make an outline of the message she will preach.
* Pastor Rachel KKimani said she had learned how to become an effective minister and to have a good delivery of a sermon. She also learned the importance of hearing from God before saying anything to the audience.
* Reverend Robert said he now can prepare a message well from the introduction all the way to the conclusion, not forgetting to do a good application.
There was also a time of preaching and assessments for 4 of the participants.

In His Name, James Kamau

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March 28, 2017
Fredrick Njoroge, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

My second conference ended last weekend. We did 1st Timothy. I am pleased to report that, this conference was a unique one in this region, because I had one senior leader of those who wear turbines on their head. He said that he could not be accompanied by his fellow leaders because he had to test the waters first. You can see the man in the photo—he was one of the best contributors in the conference, especially when we came to chapter 5.

Can you imagine he went home with 2 Swahili versions and 1 English manual without any struggle or heavy persuasion. It was fantastic! For your information this group does not believe in education of any kind.

God bless you, Rev. Fredrick Njoroge

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March 29, 2017
Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

I did Forgiveness and Reconcilliation on 23rd to 25th March 2017. I was unable to conduct the conferences as earlier scheduled because I was involved in a number of activities (I am in class doing a diploma course with the Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College, church activities and am also involved in the national politics since I am a Bishop – playing a clean game not dirty politics).

I expected 15 participants in this conference but the number increased the second day to 20 people because the man who had come alone the first day decided to bring either their wife or their brothers because forgiveness is not taught skillfully in this locality as it is in our manual.

Two brothers who attended the conference and belong to one church amazed us when I gave each member a piece of paper directly to the members to give their offenders. When I requested the groups to explain the significance of the same, the two brothers were unable to withhold their tears. I decided to go deeper to their cases. One of them said that he was not expecting his brother in Christ to beg him for forgiveness depending with the level of hurt and instead of the offender asking for forgiveness the offended wrote him a letter requesting for forgiveness. The brother was excommunicated and was removed from the church leadership due to false allegation from the offender. To cut a long story short, I told the offender that he should go back to his church and reveal all his false allegations and ask for the forgiveness if he is a heavenly candidate.

Yesterday I received a message from the pastor of that church congratulating me and ECLEA at large. He told me that the two guys went to court of Law in Meru town but there was no solution that was arrived at except that the matter was referred to the area chief who had nothing to offer.

The above was triggered by myself giving them my own story on how I lived with my father for 16 and above years and how you took me through the process of forgiveness and reconciliation and at the final analysis I and my father are living harmoniously and in great love.

The participants raised so many issues whether they should seek for the law after forgiving. I told them that they should forgive and allow the legal process to take place.

Great was the impact in the third day when brothers and sisters were requesting each other for forgiveness. I informed them that forgiving is a must while reconciliation is not a must since it takes two to reconcile. Forgiving is a one man decision and must be exercised at times regardless of the level of harm.

Best regards to all, Bishop Barnabas Mpekethi

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April 2, 2017
Robert Mwago, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

I hereby wish to let you know that our follow-up meetings for the Forgiveness and Reconciliation course both at Karurina and Gatunduri went on well on Friday and Saturday respectively.

At Karurina we had the most touching testimony of one woman whose two children were killed by her relatives (in-laws), where one was offered as a sacrifice following the commands of a witch. She says after we taught this course she has been able to move on after she forgave her relatives. She also says she has been able to have a lot of peace which she did not experience before she was taught how to forgive.

At Gatunduri we also had a touching testimony where one woman shared with us how the course has been able to help her; she told us how her abusive husband always beats her up for no particular reason and how she had developed deep resentment and unforgiveness toward her husband. But after teachings on Forgiveness and Reconciliation she was able to forgive her husband. I asked to share her experiences with her relatives in order to come up with a way of dealing with the abuse once and for all as this is a threat to her life.

Many people, especially women, and even pastors loved the course so much as it helps deliver them from unseen prisons and chains.

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We did our two AA Conferences in Kiruga and Githunguri as planned. We had to reschedule the one for Githunguri to 31st March to 2nd April. Below are the reports:

EXPOSITORY PREACHING AT KIRUGA
The conference was very interactive though at first Pastors had problems with preposition. The conference had 18 pastors and leaders. The most difficult part was the applications because many pastors do not know how to bring the word to now. Many pastors are used to topical sermons and after they learnt this they concluded that expository is the only way you can be faithful to the word of God.

BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP IN GITHUNGURI
This is the best conference I have had since we started this program. We were also privileged to have Ernest [Mwilitsa—ECLEA-Kenya’s national coordinator] for one day and I can confirm that the pastors promised to invite us to teach their church leaders especially the stewardship of church and finances. The conference had 28 members whereby they agreed to cater for the extra expense. The time management matrix was very interesting to learn that any use their time in crisis. They remarked that stewardship book is really spiritual though at first they thought otherwise because they could not connect anything spiritual with environment. I am doing follow up using our forms and within a short time I will be able to report how this has impacted individuals.

In His service, Thomas Mwai Ng’ang’a, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

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On 8th-10th May 2017, my wife (Winrose) and I took the Biblical Marriage and Parenting course to Maua. 18 Church Leaders and Pastors attended the conference; 9 denominations were represented. 
                                                                    
This course was very new to the couples who attended the conference. Many of them were asking so many questions concerning the initial plan of God towards marriage. when we were through with the introduction, the origin and nature of marriage, we all came to a common agreement that our job in marriage is to obey what God says regarding His institution and not to follow the African beliefs concerning marriage.
   
My wife Winrose gave them an example of how I used to be bitter and how I was not able to understand her for 14 years in marriage and how things changed after we went through this course together. She told them that it is very important for husband and wife to attend the Marriage and Parenting conference together rather than one partner. She confessed that our life as a couple has changed from worse to better and has yielded fruits and the impact is not only felt by our children but even the Churches we oversee.
   
Many couples in the conference confessed that they thought the beliefs they were taught by their mentors who knew nothing about the Word of God, hence oppressing their partners. And due to that bad conception even some Pastors who attended the conference were unable to take their children to the high school.
   
I cannot be able to write everything that took place in the conference and the impact made by this course to our people, not only non-saved but even them that are saved and appointed by the Church to lead different departments and are yet struggling with their marriages. The participants requested us to go back as soon as possible and continue with the same course because we covered only three quarters of our manual.

May God bless ECLEA. Regards, Bsp. Barnabas, Upper Eastern Coordinator

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June 15, 2017
Bob Mwangi, ECLEA-Kenya Regional Coordinator

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our God is good and of his grace we have been able to do three conferences on Biblical Stewardship and one TOT on Biblical Stewardship. We had conferences at
     1. Lighthouse Worship Centre, 23-25 Feb, with 14 participants and 10 in the follow-up on 1 May 2017.
     2. First Baptist Pentecostal Church, 2nd-4th March, with 18 participants and 11 in the follow-up on 4th May 2017.
     3. Mwangaza Foursquare Church, 27th-1 March 2017, with 16 participants and 12 in the follow-up on 6th May 2017; we also had 1 TOT at Jesus Manifestation Centre.

We had good fellowship, and pastors and leaders participated very well in the conferences. These are some of the things they shared:

we should be committed stewards like Eliezer, Joseph, and Jesus because today God is counting on us to be good managers and to be accountable in all Gods affairs;

to be above reproach as God's steward;

we human beings are created in the image of God and we have a blessing from God to have stewardship over everything that exists because it is all God’s creation;

things created  by God reveals him and they should not be worshiped, so we should worship God alone;

we should teach people that God is greater than mountains, rivers, seas, and oceans so he is God and he is greater than anything and He is able to carry us through in all things and all ways all the time;

we should have stewardship of oneself and others so we need to love one another because we belong to one another and we are one family;

we need to be good stewards of time because failing to plan is planning to fail;

we should be good managers of time which God has given to us;

we should take good care of our bodies because it is a gift that God have given to us to help us to serve him--our bodies are the temple of the Holy spirit and we need to practice holiness;

we should keep our houses clean we should always dispose waste products;

to wash regularly with a soap;

we should also plant good trees and flowers around our houses and also cut the grass and to make sure that the drainage are good to avoid mosquitoes;

to have good stewardship of our relationships by practicing practical ways to demonstrate love the five love languages towards one another
   1. words of affirmation
   2. quality time
   3. giving and receiving gifts
   4. arts of service
   5. the touch

we should take good care in money and possessions we should practice a good household budget; to be good givers by Gods grace we should have a church budget and practise it; the church have a responsibility to care for the poor and the needy, widows, widowers, orphans etc.

During the conferences and  follow-ups people were able to participate and educate one another and promised to be praying for ECLEA to keep on serving the church of Jesus Christ.

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Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

I reside far away from my region due to ministry work. But by God's grace I am doing well despite the minor challenges I encounter at the field level.

I was able to do follow-up at Nchiru on 24th May 2017. Only two leaders were absent from the previous number. All the rest were present and punctual. After interrogating them I realized that they have gone through our manual on 1st Timothy two times.

They now know what every Chapter entails and have started to teach the villagers the true gospel and qualities of Elders and Deacons in the house of God since many were appointed to lead the Churches even before attending theological schools hence binging up unhealthy Churches in the region. Many prosperity preachers are fighting what we are doing, while a good number of them are running away because their false doctrine is not accepted in this small town.

On 25th I had good times with couples at Maua town. I was surprised to see two more couples that were not in our previous Biblical Marriage and Parenting course. When I asked them why did they attended the seminar, they told me that they have seen a very great change in the lives of their neighbours and when they noticed that there will be a follow-up, they decided to participate. They gave us a testimony of one Church that has started to grow numerically due to great love and harmony that the Pastor and his wife have developed after attending the M&P course.

Three couples have already come up with four sittings in their families.
     1.Sitting for prayers.
     2.Sitting for finances
     3.Sitting for children
     4.Sitting for quarrels and disputes in the family set up.

On 27th I spent the day at Muthara. What amazed me was the effort made by the participants in the area of forgiveness and reconciliation. A big number of them know me very well and the great enmity that took place between me and my father for Sixteen and half years before I met with you, Jonathan. I told them that they should take initiative first and not to stand their ground and think that things will solve themselves automatically. I reminded the participants of the 4Ds, i.e., Decide, Discuss, Detoxify, and Devote. About two-thirds of the participants have applied the same to their families and great is the change. They promised me that they will be good ambassadors of forgiveness and reconciliation in the society, family, and churches.

During the follow-up I introduced the following:
     a. Simple written tests for them to fill in the gaps.
     b. Group discussion for 30 minutes.
     c. I took at least five people to present and later be critiqued by the rest.

Finally I promised them that after they are through with ECLEA courses and be able to teach and apply the teachings in their churches, family and personal life, we will plan on how certificates can be awarded to them.

May God of heaven bless ECLEA.

Regards, Bishop Barnabas

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James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Murungaru Nyandarua: June 14-16, 2017

We had 13 participants for the course on Biblical Stewardship. James Kamau and Tom Mboya led the teaching. The delegates were lively and eager to learn. Here are some testimonies:

Rev. Gabriel Munhiri said the meeting had opened him up, especially on the areas of time and managing other resources that God had given him. He also said he understood the area of giving better, and that would help him very much in the church.

Rev. James Kihara said the teachings would go a long way inhelping his church grow in all facets of stewardship. He was particularly helped in the area of the church and finances which he understands better now and which will help him manage the church finances better.

Pastor Zacary Mwangi said the teachings will be a great tool for his church, and he intends to teach them for a long time to come so that the church can understand and implement the material. All were grateful to ECLEA and requested more courses.

Respectfully submitted, James Kamau

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