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Kenya

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

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ECLEA in Kenya

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


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


James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Kwangware, July 2022
ECLEA REPORT FOR KAWANGWARE MEETING ON BIBILICAL MARRIAGE AND PARENTING, 27-29 JULY 2022 AT GOSPEL
EQUIPPERS MINISTRY CHURCH KAWANGWARE

This meeting continued well on the above-mentioned dates. The teachers were
James N. Kamau and Monica Wambui. It had 12 participants. The following major
denominations were represented.
1. HEALING AND DELIVERANCE CHURCH
2. WORSHIP SANTUARY CHURCH
3. INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
4. GOSPEL EQUIPPERS CHURCH
5. NUBIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
6. ANTIOCH CHURCH
7. ASSEMBLIES OF CHRIST OUTREACH

REPORTS
DEACON PETER MUTINDA learnt on the importance of being interdependent and not independent. He saw the importance of socializing with others.

PASTOR DAVID MUKURIA said he has learnt on the following: effective communication, handling anger and being a good parent. He appreciated the training and said it was a great experience which was very timely and had impacted a great Godly image.

DEACON GODFREY MUTHONI expressed his thanks for the training. He said he had learnt that MARRIAGE IS God’s idea and not man’s. He had also learnt on the way the word of God guides in coming up with a healthy family.

PASTOR JOHN EKAKU learnt on the importance of proper family planning for families making them good stewards. He was also happy to have learnt on the right way of solving problems for spouses and that he should not ignore small things in
marriage. In general, all the participants were appreciative because of the facilitation of the meeting.

Best regards, James Kamau

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David Njeru, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Nairobi, July 2022
Here find our Nairobi region report for July.

We trained on the book of Habakkuk with 18 participants from various denominations.

The main highlights are as follows:
a) Waiting on God demands patience, perseverance and obedience.
b) Nothing takes God by surprise.
c) It is a great book that connects so well with today's believers who so often question God on some life challenges.
d) It is a great book that teaches one on confession of one's faith in God like Habakkuk.
e) A powerful appreciation of the God of good times and of bad times that concept was well understood.
f) A new perspective and transformation took place especially in understanding we can not "judge" God with bad things now only as confessed by the delegates.
g) The evil and bad in our midst should not worry us as God is dealing or will deal with them at His own discretion. 

     

                            

Thank you, David Njeru

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Fredrick Njoroge, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator


My last conference in the first half of the year was in 23-25th June. We were learning the book of James. This was one among the best conferences I have conducted so far. Participation was excellenct, and especially from senior pastors. Some went home with reading manuals something that is not normal to some meeting.

Fredrick  Njoroge  (Nyeri/Nyandarwa  coordinator)

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Bob Mwangi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Bwana Asifiwe and may the peace of God which passeth all understanding keep your heart and mind as you keep serivng the Lord. We had a conference of fourteen pastors and leaders at Gikuo Pentecostal church on 21st-23 JUNE 2022 and the host is pastor Elizabeth Irungu. We were doing Biblical Stewardship and we had a good time of fellowship, praying together and also encouraging each other.

Thanks for your support, and may God bless E.C.L.E.A. in a big way.

Yours, Bishop Bob Mwangi

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David Njeru, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

On May 13, 2022 we concluded the last training in Nairobi Region for the first half of 2022 with The Book of Mark Part 2.

We had a total of 18 participants and the engagement was quite healthy as summarised below.

     
                              David Njeru teaching                                                                          Peter Mwangi teaching

Again, the issue of divorce and remarriage came up and was discussed at length but the Biblical principles carried the day. Of particular heat was if one was in an abusive marriage, should she still stick on and wait to be killed? The answer was separate!

Another interesting discussion was if Jesus was referring to Peter as Satan or had Satan entered Peter for him to deny Jesus. The answer was he was influenced by the devil to try and scuttle Jesus' mission on the cross. It was also seen that Peter could have been too emotional and immature in some areas. An interesting remark from a participant was, "Satan loaned Peter his mouth for a while."


The class was engaged!

The affirmation of women by Jesus in ministry by allowing them to be first in his empty grave was a profound element of the study as many denominations belittle women and end up not allowing them to serve in key ministry positions.

The fact that Jesus went through pain and crucifixion does not exclude believers from pain. Pain and suffering are part of the Gospel / package of salvation.


The class

Regards,

David Njeru, Nairobi Regional Coordinator

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Fredrick Njoroge, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

This is my second conference report this year. I did this conference on 28-30th April and everything worked so well. The participation was excellent. the learning mood was very high. This boils down to the core reason of ECLEA to the rural churches.

Actually, it’s is the pastors who are now demanding these conferences. No more challenges of organizing and planning. Our people are slowly taking charge of our conferences.

My next conference will be next month's June on the book of James. I have found this book to be very beneficial to the church today.

Best Regards,
Fredrick Njoroge, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

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Isaac Wanjala Nyongesa, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

My name is Isaac Wanjala Nyongesa, I am the Regional Coordinator for Migori and Homabay Region. I conducted a training on 1 Timothy at Rongo and Uriri respectively. This is the first ever ECLEA conference in this region.

When I taught them the qualifications of a Church leader many were surprised because in some Churches some leaders have 2 wives hence a great debate on the same. When we shared the two honors and their different meaning in Chapter 5 according to their contexts, it was an eye-opener to our people. Now they understand that the true widows ought to be supported by the Church and every Church should pay their Pastors who run the affairs of the Church well. Every Chapter was very new to these people.

Regards,
Pastor Isaac Wanjala Nyongesa
Regional Coordinator
Migori/Homabay

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Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya national coordinator

MARCH 2022: One of the teachers who has been attending our trainings invited me to minister to their school as well as to minister to the students. I told them that they should make good use of their time in school because if you fail to master your time,you fail to master your life. Great was the joy of the Lord after the teachings.

                                                            

Hope you will also appreciate what God is doing in Kenya. Before you trained us, we were very blunt, but now we are ministering to Schools, Supermarkets, and our Churches. ECLEA is making a great impact.

Regards,
Bishop Barnabas Mpekethi
National coordinator, ECLEA KENYA

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James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

ECLEA REPORT FOR RONGAI, NAKURU ON BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP 23-25 MARCH 2022. VENUE. REDEEMED GOSPEL CHURCH SHALOM. RONGAI

The meeting went on well on the above dates. The teachers were James N. Kamau and Tom Mboya. The meeting had 14 participants. The following major denominations were represented:
     1. Kingdom Light Church
     2. Redeemed Gospel Church (Host)
     3. Gospel Equippers Ministry Church
     4. Glorious Celebration Church

REPORTS The delegates participated well in this meeting and were eager to understand all what was being taught.

REV. SHADRACK (OUR HOST) – was happy to have learned about the importance of the stewardship of the environment. He commented that it was good to learn that even taking care of the environment is also spiritual and that it also glorifies God.

ESTHER – Learnt of the importance of being a good steward of all the resources entrusted to her.

REV. MUTURI – Learnt on the importance of the stewardship of time. He noted on the importance of good time management, because time is life.

MARGARET – Said she had learnt that the church is a family. She saw the importance of the church members having good relationships with each other. This will help them to walk in unity and love and Christ would be manifested in them.

PST. SAMMY WAGURA – Learnt on giving in the New Testament as an act of love. He saw the truth of giving the tithe as a foundation, and looking at Christ giving himself fully at the cross as his example.

ALICE – Learnt on the importance of being a witness for Christ wherever she is.

Respectfully submitted, Rev. James Kamau

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James Kamau, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

ECLEA REPORT FOR KAWANGWARE 46 MEETING ON THE GOSPEL OF MARK PART I. 8th – 10th MARCH 2022 VENUE, GOSPEL EQUIPPERS MINISTRY CHURCH

This meeting continued well on the above dates. The teachers were James N. Kamau and Monica Wambui. The meeting had 16 delegates. The following major denominations were represented:
1. Nuba Christian Fellowship
2. Alpha Mission Church
3. Gospel Equippers Ministry Church (Host)
4. Kingdom RoleModel Fellowship
5. Canaan Pentecostal Church
6. Mount Olive Healing Ministry

REPORTS
The delegates listened keenly to the teachings and also participated well in their contributions.

PST. ZABLON TIEMA – Was impressed by Jesus' expression of his true family, as those who do his Father's will. He however noted that we still need to have a good relationship with our earthly family.

DOROTHY TIEMA – Learnt a lot about the importance of faith. She cited the examples of the woman with the discharge of blood and the Syrophoenican woman’s daughter’s healing.

PETER MUTINDA – Learnt on the importance of the temptations of Jesus. Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He noted that God is able to give us victory over temptations when we stand with his word.

PASTOR CHRIS – Learnt on the compassion of Jesus that as the good shepherd, he is concerned about both our spiritual and physical needs.

God bless you, James Kamau

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David Njeru, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Yesterday 24th February we concluded our training on the book of Mark Part 1 with 16 participants.

The most appreciated part is the realization that it is a Gospel genealogy with the evergreen question "Who then is this?" as seen in Mark 4:41. The question of who he is and what he came to do came out very clearly.

The aspect of John's baptism of repentance & that of Jesus in Holy Spirit and Fire was discussed at length since some did not know the difference.

Another considerable discussion was the question of whether modern exorcists should engage a demon in a conversation or interview. We see Jesus only once in Mark 5 having a conversation with the possessed man but the same is not repeated anywhere else. We concluded that it should not be taught as a doctrine (to interview demons) since they do not speak the truth. Being led by the Holy Spirit in all matters was emphasized.

The choosing of the 12 disciples, the teaching in parables, traditions of men and what defiles one was rated as the most impactful sessions.

We are looking forward for the next course in March and with Jonathan in April.

            
The group (David Njeru is 1st full row, second to the left)                                            Tea break

Thank you. David Njeru

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Thomas Mwai

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

We did our AA conference on 24th Jan through 26th at Redeemed Restoration Church Saika. We hosted 13 Pastors drawn mainly from Pentecostal churches. One thing I have noted is that the book of 1st Timothy has real anointing even to us who are teaching. I have not taught it for sometime, but I felt the life in the book.

The participants noted that having come out of the pandemic it was a challenge that they could not do much to help the members when they needed helped as anticipated in chapter 5 about church responsibility to the poor. 

It is good to note that many Christians in our churches including a few pastors were able to remain faithful in the face of real attack. Again, I thank the ECLEA fraternity for your commitment and support. May God bless you.

Rev Thomas N. Mwai
Nairobi County, Kenya

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George Kariuki, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

I would love to submit that on Friday 21st January and 22nd 2022, we did a conference on 1st Timothy here in Murang'a with 55 pastors and leaders. I normally over invite because of the need and church growth that we are experiencing. Please note that people are hungry and we are only able to do notes and feeding people is always a challenge.

On 11th and 12th Feb we did Biblical Interpretation. This is always a big blessing as pastors and leaders learn hermeneutics. We had 45 pastors and bishops. I normally take 2 portions of Scripture and use them to teach and practice the lesson. We choose John 3:14-36 and Psalm 77:1-20. The challenge I got is 2 large groups and the time factor but all went well.

George Kariuki

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Barnabas Mpekethi, ECLEA-Kenya national coordinator

On date 20th-22nd Jan 2022 and 3rd-5th Feb 2022 I conducted two ECLEA conferences.
My target group, of Course Church Leaders and Pastors requested me to conduct Forgiveness and Reconciliation and the other Venue I conducted Biblical Stewardship.

At Gitunduti I conducted Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Many of the Church Leaders told me that before we covered that Course they were unable to understand the difference between Forgiveness and Reconciliation. One Pastor said, that every time people with disagreements visited his office, he used to force Reconciliation because he had no idea on how to go about it. Almost all of them, when we went through Worthington's REACH model process of Forgiveness, testified and said, "We never thought that forgiveness is a process, but we thought that it was an overnight event".

On February 3rd-5th I Conducted Biblical Stewardship with a good number of Church Leaders and Pastors at Kabiruini. Many Pastors had no clue whether the and Church can come up with a plan to clean their towns and villages. In fact they thought that it is only County government that is supposed to deal with the Stewardship of environment, I was able to challenge their frameworks and they promised me that they will be good ambassadors of the same.

To be sincere, after deliberations and healthy discussions, many believed that there is Mzungu time and African time. After we went through our Manual, they all agreed that we are all given equal amount of time by God. They appreciated this Course very much. Pastors told me that in their Churches they will write the following: "When you waste your time you are wasting your Life and, When you Master your time, you master your life.”

Some promised me that they will plant more trees and they will involve themselves in making sure that they will be cleaning the bushes near their homes so as to destroy the breeding places of mosquitoes and other harmful insects and bacterias. In a nutshell, we had good times with the participants.

Regards,
Bishop Barnabas Mpekethi
National coordinator, ECLEA-KENYA

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Michael Taari, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

February 2022
By the grace of God I'm doing well regardless of challenges; God's grace has been sufficient.  I was able to do the Stewardship conference as planned in Voi. The attendance was not so good the first day we had 12 participants but second and third day the number rose to 18; most of them had never done any training.

The participants found the course of great benefit especially the stewardship of money and possessions, since most of them were pastors. They promised that they will share this with their key church leaders back at their respective churches as an assignment for evaluation during a follow-up after 2 months since most of the churches do not have a written budget.

Thanks, Michael

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Bob Mwangi, ECLEA-Kenya regional coordinator

Happy New Year and much love to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God is good and faithful, and by his grace through ECLEA the church leaders have been graciously equipped to be more effective to make the church to be healthier.

We had a good conference in Kwanganga church in Murang’a from 7th to 9th February and we had 14 participants and we learning Biblical Stewardship. Leaders from different churches enjoyed Fellowship and praying together and agreed to move around their churches as a team to teach biblical stewardship. May God bless the work of ECLEA. My next conference will be in Nyahururu 3rd March to 5th.

May our good God bless you. Below are the photos of Kwanganga Conference:

     

Yours in his vineyard, Rev. Bob E. Mwangi

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