ART has now trained 775 pastors and leaders since the work was founded in 2009 and we thank God for the countless lives changed and transformed by God’s word. The impact has not just been amongst the pastors and leaders but also their families, church and the wider community. AT the graduation ceremony in Mbeu in 2021, local chiefs and government official who attended, testified to the wide impact of ART’s training on the community.
ART has launched 12 new cohorts across Kenya covering the Coast and Meru regions together with Nyanza and Western Provinces. Classes are being taught by a combination of staff and volunteers. Some of the volunteers are from last years graduation but a number have been volunteering since the first graduation in 2013. Mobilisation for this season has been more challenging due to the ongoing impact of Covid19 but ART is planning to open more centres this year.
The students who started training in 2017 should have graduated in 2020 but the Covid19 Pandemic meant that classes had to be postponed during the lockdowns. This resulted in students not completing their courses until 2021. We are grateful to God that all students were finally able to graduate during 2021. Some graduations were cancelled at the last minute due to new lockdown restrictions and some had to be held with social distancing and no audience.
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.