International students, international wedding, and international leadership conference

God really answered our prayer today! We tried lots of hassle for 9 months to get our Tanzanian work permit renewed (so we can be fully legitimate when working in Tanzania), but were finally told we could not have one. This week, in a last attempt to get our money refunded, immigration gave the permit today instead!

Tomorrow until July 4, we will be going back to LVCC in Mwanza Tanzania. We will meet as a board for updates on the Bible school, church, and orphan ministry. But the primary purpose is to meet with leaders from various denominations to design a discussion-based seminar about witchcraft and witch accusations. Then, together, we will train trainers to lead discussions in the villages. Now, people live in fear and suspicion.  Poor widows are often persecuted and alienated as accused witches. As many as 5 suspected witches are killed each week in these areas and rarely is anyone convicted of the murder. The churches have not effectively responded to this. The power, truth, and love of Jesus are needed.  Please pray for the right leaders to come, wisdom from the Holy Spirit in designing and training, funding, and transformation in these villages.

Above:  International students led worship in chapel June 6, singing in various languages represented at AIU.

 

Please pray for AIU in this time of major transition.  As AIU has expanded by adding new programs, the expenses of expansion have exceeded the expansion of students and donors.  This expansion and the sudden death of the Vice Chancellor, V.C. (our college president) has brought new leadership.  We are excited for the new V.C. who begins July 1.  Professor Nassiuma was V. C. of a larger Kenyan university previously and has been at AIU in another job for one year.  Pray for clear vision and wisdom from God for AIU’s many new leaders.  Also pray for a reconciliation process happening in chapel this week.

 

Praying for AIU students at marriage negotiations

 

Two or our AIU students, David and BJ, are getting married July 19.  Above: We represented David’s parents in dowry negotiations in the Meru area of Kenya.  Here, we are praying a blessing on the couple at the celebration, after they had been wrapped together symbolically in traditional cloth.

 

 

 

Mount Meru

 

Great views of Mount Kenya on our way back from Meru.

 

 

 

 

Leadership conference

Above is the very international group who met to further the Africa Leadership Study.  Research continues around the continent.

Many out-of-the-ordinary opportunities!

ALS Kenya Team planning, with Dr. Priest

Advanced Contextualization: Suffering, Sickness, Death and Witches – yes, that is Steve’s new PhD class. Pray for the whole class, but especially for one student who buried her mother last Saturday.


This week, Steve meets with an international group of scholars to plan the next steps in the Tyndale-funded Africa Leadership Study (ALS). They will analyze 4000 Kenyan surveys as well as research from the Central African Republic and Angola.

He and 3 other Senior Research Directors will report on influential leaders and organizations they have studied (pictured above).  Pray for the results to contribute to effective church leadership in Africa.


Janice has already interviewed a dozen AIU international students for her MPhil research, which will increase her effectiveness as International Student Coordinator and, hopefully, improve how we all teach internationals.


Praise the Lord, the Bible schools in Tanzania are continuing well.  The Ngara school (near Burundi and Rwanda) is in session right now with 14 students and a line-up of teachers, many who gradated from LVCC.


Rachel and Isaac attend a youth group across town.  They are between leaders, so Steve is leading discussions on “Discerning God’s Will” for 5 weeks.  Pray for a real connection with the kids and for God to speak.

Leadership Development class – March 17, 2013

AIU Leadership Development class, downtown Nairobi class

 

 

 

 

My Leadership Development class met at AIU’s downtown location evening class. Therefore 16 Kenyans and one Nigerian. Great group of mostly pastors (some over multiple churches), plus school principles, administrators, and people who have retired from other careers like Parliament to do something new. May God help us all to be more Christ-like developers of leaders who develop leaders who develop leaders. Banana not Banyan tree leaders. Now the fun work of class moves to the necessary work of grading, but I still learn a lot from some student papers.

Nairobi, near downtown AIU extension site