Rooted in the Word – Equipping East African Leaders

During the month of July, I will have the amazing opportunity to travel to East Africa to serve as a member of the faculty for the “Rooted in God’s Word Conference.” This conference, sponsored by the Pastors Discipleship Network (PDN) will be held in Kampala, Uganda and will reach 400-500 East African pastors each of whom is currently providing local church leadership. Most East Africa pastors (80%) are leading their churches without the benefit of formal biblical or theological training and the mission of PDN is to train and equip local church pastors with basic study tools for accurately interpreting God’s Word. I am grateful to partner with the faithful and diligent staff of the PDN: Richmond Wandera, Ronnie Nalera Guloba, Terry Marshall and Emily Hartman.

This opportunity connects deeply to my passion to encourage, equip and empower local church leaders, near and far and everywhere in-between. I will be giving three keynote lectures on hermeneutics, discipleship and leadership, along with providing small group leadership and one on one coaching and encouragement to conference participants.

As well, after the conference I will be spending three days with Pastor Luke Jaymin Muwayi and his congregation in Kampala. Pastor Luke and I have been in a mentoring relationship (through PDN) for the past year and this relationship has been a rich, rewarding leadership challenge. I look forward to spending time with Pastor Luke, his church and leadership team and together, we are filled with a great sense of anticipation for the face to face opportunity to explore the shape of a future partnership between our communities of faith.

Richmond Wandera is the founder of PDN and I invite you to take two minutes and watch this video to learn how you can partner with me and PDN in equipping East African pastors in the work of the Gospel.

$20 will cover the expenses of a pastor attending the conference and $15 will provide transportation to and from the conference for pastors who must travel from rural communities. As well, each participant will be given a Study Bible (perhaps their very first Bible) and your gift of $30 will help make this a reality. If you would like to resource pastors in this way, please send a check payable to CCCSH (memo Pastors Conference) to: CCCSH PO Box 13393 Pittsburgh PA 15243.

Right now I would appreciate your prayers as travel arrangements are finalized and visa applications are filed. As well, I am working on my keynote lectures and want to make the most out of my limited time with these pastors, providing not only solid content but encouragement to these faithful servants of Christ.

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  1. Rev. Thomas N. Mwai says:

    Have you ever been in Kenya? If yes how can we connect to help our Kenyan Pastors? Thanks

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