We welcome Jeremiah Lingri into the ART family as a full time ART Trainer. Jeremiah is based in Eastern Province in the Mount Kenya region. He joined ART towards the end of 2017 and has opened centre’s in Mikinduri and Mbeu. This is a new region for ART and we are delighted to now be able to offer training in this region.
We thank God that ART has been able to launch 13 new training centres since September 2017 year bringing the total number of centres where ART trains to 14. We were able to open a new centre in Kandiege in Nyanza a year ago before the other centres had finished their 3 year training due to generous support from a church in the USA.
We are especially thankful that God has enabled these new centres to open amidst considerable disruption during the election and post election period where there have been significant safety challenges for many of the pastors and trainers, particularly in Coast and Nyanza Provinces.
Jan and Jeremy Peckham, founders of ART were back in Kenya to participate in the graduation of pastors from eight centres in Nyanza, Western and Coast areas in Kenya. A total of 180 pastors graduated in five ceremonies over two weeks as four of the Nyanza cohorts were able to combine.
All of the centres had received teaching from eight volunteer trainers from the graduates of 2013. A local Chief who was a student in the Kaloleni cohort gave powerful testimony at the Kaloleni graduation (pictured) to God’s work in his life and that of his community. Many other testimonies were heard at each of the graduations of how God has transformed these pastors and their families as well as their congregations during their three years of training.
A number of pastors reported on how their churches have grown under better preaching and ministry. These pastors have also introduced youth and children’s programmes, previously absent from many rural churches.
We have just started a new training centre at Kandiege near Home Bay where a group of pastors has been waiting for training for over a year. The first of a new set of training centres, Kandiege opened in October after receiving sponsorship from New Life Centre Church in Spokane USA. Everyone is overjoyed at the generous support of this Church that has enabled this new centre to open. We anticipate opening several new centres next year as training in the current centres draws to a close and pastors complete their 3 year course.
As the current group of pastors nears the end of their training we have decided that it’s time to re develop our training material so that new cohorts and their Volunteer Trainers will have a comprehensive set of manuals written to guide trainers through the teaching of each module of the 3 year course. Dr Judy Luhombo is leading the development of these manuals in co-operation with our staff trainers and the Head of Training. The manuals will provide not only the content to be taught but will establish the key Achievement Based Objectives (ABO) that will describe what we expect pastors to learn from each module. An example of an ABO might be to be able to preach from a specific passage in Romans and to demonstrate an understanding of the gospel of grace.
Pastors will be involved in a number of learning tasks to help;p them achieve these objectives, such as small group work as well as individual assignments. The manuals will lay out for trainers what these learning tasks are and when they should occur each day during the training week thus reducing the trainers preparation time. The manuals will developed and tested in the field to ensure that they meet the needs of trainers and are also at the right level for rural pastors.
Judy is a graduate and post graduate from Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST now Union School of Theology) in the UK and administering their Distance Learning Programme. She is well qualified and suited to the production of ART’s Training Manuals and has a passion for equipping rural pastors and understands the need to produce material that is at an appropriate level for these pastors.