"It was amazing to see their humility..."

30 May 2017

Andy and Susie Harker are Mission Partners in Kenya. They write:

The basic point of us being here (for six years now) is to be an encouragement to iServe Africa as they seek to raise up gospel-preaching servant leaders for the church and mission field. Andy’s role is overseeing ‘programmes’ – that is mainly the ministry apprenticeship programme for fresh graduates (ably led by Fidel Nyikuri) but also the new six-month gap year programme (ably led by Crosslinks mission partner Gerald Mwangi) which is just coming to an end after an excellent first run, plus a few other programmes including Utumishi Course (Kiswahili for ‘ministry’) designed to equip grassroots pastors for gospel ministry.

In relation to this last one, a few of us went last month to Mutomo – quite deep in the dusty interior of Eastern Kenya – for a pastors training. Google Maps said it was five hours from Nairobi but Google Maps didn’t know about the many heavy trucks heading to and from Mombasa or about the 70 km of rough road to the final destination. Anyway, we made it, thank God, and spent four days with 25 church workers from across the county. Fidel, James Wainaina (Crosslinks BEST study partner) and Daniel Odhiambo (Crosslinks Project Partner) did a great job training (in Kiswahili). It was amazing to see the great humility of these rural pastors - acknowledging their need to learn and willing and eager to sit and be taught by younger men and staying late to work together in groups on a preaching passage. These guys are struggling to pastor churches in situations of extreme poverty in a largely forgotten part of Kenya. Pray for their own souls, their marriages and their congregations to grow and flourish even in very dry ground.

Read Andy and Susie's prayer letters here.