The church is growing in Kenya despite the many challenges that church leaders are up against. Politically, church leaders find themselves in a very volatile scenario where they are torn between remaining partisan or nonpartisan. Socially, there is a great need for salvation, but the new age tendencies within the culture are compromising the Biblical standards and norms. In addition, poverty, corruption, HIV/AIDS, lack of formal training and the fast changing community make building and leading the church one tough calling. One of the major challenges specific to this year is the drought in northern Kenya, causing famine and starvation. The church is in a place where they need to be mobilized to reach out into those communities and be the hands and feet of Jesus in such a dire situation.
Church leaders like Steven, Kennedy, and Morris from Kenya are excited about the Global Leadership Summit this year as they are thirsty to be filled up and rejuvenated to continue to lead and reach out into their communities for the glory of God. Though experiences like the GLS, many leaders are having their hearts rekindled to continue their ministry.
“It is one of those annual events that brings leaders together across the board and enhances unity. The GLS is very deliberate about equipping leaders who, much of the time, are always giving out to their congregations.” – Kennedy
Kennedy went into ministry because of a specific, unique call from God to be a part of transforming people so that they can in turn transform their communities. He is a leader leading leaders, and the GLS has helped him to develop his skills as he interacts with church leaders at the same level. The GLS is thought provoking and inspiring them. Morris has been a part of several different ministries, but has a burden especially for youth and equipping leaders to lead. Like Kennedy and Morris, many leaders and potential leaders are being stirred up to pursue God’s vision for their ministries:
“Because of the GLS in Nairobi; a pastor’s fellowship has been established where pastors meet regularly and are able to interact with one another on some of the issues that we deal with as leaders in our respective churches.”- Kennedy
“We have a lady from the southern part of Kenya who, after attending GLS, opted not to renew her contract with her employer in Nairobi, but decided to start an environment conservation ministry in her local community” – Morris
Join us as we pray for the GLS in Kenya this week:
- Pray that God would allow them to be able to open more sites and reach more leaders.
- Pray for leaders to be empowered and able to mobilize to reach out into their communities.
- Pray for unity among leaders as they join together at the GLS.
“The GLS helps us to be more effective in reaching church leaders to be more effective in our communities. It is the one time that every leader that comes can be rejuvenated. You need somewhere to come and be rejuvenated to lead into the next year. I’m excited about the GLS in Kenya this year.” –Steven, GLS Leader, Kenya