Friday June 12/09
The team is starting to arrive…
After multiple delays, I finally arrived in Nairobi on Thursday June 11 at 9 a.m.
I spent my first day buying phone and Internet cards so that I could begin the process of communicating with home. Okay, I admit that I also had a couple of visits to Java House for some cappuccino’s during the day!
Last night the first team member, Bishop Simon Peter Emiai arrived from Uganda. He is the Bishop of 4000 churches in Uganda as well as the Secretary General of the PAOA (Pentecostal Assemblies of Africa). By the time we leave for Zambia, the team will consist of Bishop Adoyo, Bishop Simon Peter Emiai, Bishop Harrison Sakola, Steve Chalner and myself (the two “non-bishops” in the bishop stacked team).
Over breakfast this morning, Simon Peter and I discussed the state of the church on the Continent of Africa. The more one listens, the more you find out that the church is the same no matter where you are in the world. “Change” seems to be the word of the day in the church worldwide. Here in Africa, like in Canada, church leadership is working through a change of mindset that will create a greater opportunity to reach people who are yet to hear the gospel message. They too see the need to embrace and mentor the younger generation who are passionate for God. Already I have heard stories of young pastors who have a burden and vision to plant churches where none exist in the Continent of Africa.
So, please continue to pray for the team that is assembling here in Niarobi, that we will be anointed to encourage, strengthen, motivate and challenge pastors and church leaders wherever we go over the next three weeks.
Until next time…