Facilitators: Hesbone Kang’e, Abigael Macheche, Felistus Musila and Rachel Mutai
Total Participants: 48
Location: Kajiado County, Merrueshi Location
Kajiado East is one of the five constituencies in Kajiado County that is predominantly occupied by the Maasai people. It is in Merrueshi area that ALARM conducted a pastoral leadership training on 15th and 16th December 2020. The participants, drawn from the local churches were organized and mobilized by Merrueshi Pastors’ Fellowship. Three of the pastors had earlier attended an ALARM training; one ten years ago in Ilmaamen area and with gladness shared how ALARM’s presence in Merrueshi was an answer to prayer.
The training went on well with a total of 48 pastors and church leaders attending the sessions. The participants came from 10 different denominations that included, Full Gospel Church of Kenya, World Christian Kingdom (WCK), Free Pentecostal Fellowship of Kenya (FPFK), Africa Inland Church (AIC), Real Life Ministries, among others.
The theme of the two-day conference was Arise and Shine. The objective was to equip pastors and church leaders with knowledge and skills on servant leadership so that they too can train others and impact their churches and communities. The topics facilitated during the conference are: Christian Leadership (biblical foundation, The Leader’s Character, and resolving conflicts in Church); Biblical stewardship, and Church in the Community.
The participants represent diverse age brackets. The older generation, the middle aged and the young people were present. In terms of gender, at least one third were women; some of them pastors’ wives, and leaders of different departments in their churches.
Feedback from Participants
Three of the participants at one point attended ALARM trainings in the past and were quite encouraged to be part of this training and more so that ALARM was reaching pastors and church leaders in Merrueshi. Merrueshi Pastors’ Fellowship has the highest number in terms of pastors and churches in Mashuru Sub-county. Individual pastors requested ALARM to assist in training church leaders in their denominations.
- Pastor Joshua Lintet of World Christian Kingdom at the end of the first day of training said, “where have I been that I have not heard or met with ALARM. Now, can I request that you come to my church to train next year. We will cater for all the costs. This is wonderful.”
- Rev. Loiso who hosted ALARM training in his church in 2018 and 2019 did not miss this training. Despite the distance, he made sure he was there. In his remarks, he said, “and you did not teach this when you came in 2019, and you have even translated the teachings in Kiswahili.” We thank God for the seeds that ALARM has planted in Maasai land, particularly in Kajiado East Constituency. As we see fruits, we trust God that the participants will continue to be ambassadors of the gospel in the larger County of Kajiado
- Pastor Moses Kunee has benefitted from ALARM trainings in the past years and when we arrived at the host church, he said that his prayer had been answered. Here is Pr. Moses’ testimony, “I thank God. My name is Pastor Moses Kunee from Full Gospel Church of Kenya. I had been serving in Ilmaamen area near Konza, but I migrated and now live in Isara. ALARM has been a blessing. I have been with them and have actually taught us. We used to be neighbors with the Baptist Church, and when we met ALARM we have seen a big difference, we can visit each other’s churches freely. I translated some of the teachings I received into the Maasai language because that is the main language here. What I have here is on how to manage stress and I use it. Especially now, people are stressed, the teaching is needed. I have found acceptance with people and favor of God and I was recently in Mukutano, teaching a group of intercessors on how to manage stress. I use the Bible. God bless ALARM, you are welcome here, we need you.”
Appreciation to Friends of ALARM
It is truly a blessing to be part of what God is doing in the lives of His people. ALARM Kenya looks into empowering the body of Christ to be His ambassadors. It is our prayer that was we interact with leaders of different denominations in Kajiado County, the image of the church will appeal to the community and non-believers will be drawn to the Light, who is Jesus.
We thank everyone that made this conference possible, in reaching to the deeper rural Kajiado County. In 2021, we plan to get to Loitoktok, which is the border of Kenya and Tanzania. We had one pastor join our 2019 training and we pray that we honor his request in empowering the church leadership in Loitoktok Location.