Final December Kenya Update
I’m sitting in London waiting on our last flight back to Atlanta and as I look over some of the pictures and video from this past week I can’t help but weep with appreciation for what the Lord has done! People are looking at me real funny here in the airport…
On Saturday December 13, Certificates of Participation were given to 34 students who represent the last class of the Maasai Vocational Training. Because of the growth and expanded vision of the Kilgoris Pastor Training, on Friday December 12 we officially changed the name of our training to the Revival Now School of Ministry. What began with a focus for one group of people has expanded to include all 42 tribes of Kenya. In this training we also were blessed with several first time students from Uganda and Rwanda.
I have had to repent several times over the last four years for having too narrow of a vision. We have experienced many challenges that intended to discourage and destroy the work in SW Kenya. I am convinced today more than ever before mine & Pam’s assignment for this season continues to be Kenya. This last week alone, four different pastors from four different areas of Kenya were sent to us from their local pastors fellowships pleading with us to bring this training to other parts of Kenya.
While the need for Evangelism is still great in East Africa (as it is around the world), at this time in history an even greater need exists for discipleship & training. Nairobi (the capital city) seems to draw the higher profile ministries, but the need is very great in rural areas. This has become the Macedonian call of Revival Now Ministries. Teaching and training pastors & leaders across denominational lines in rural areas with basic Bible Training that will empower them in their assignment. Rural areas also need salvation; pastors & leaders still need training; and local churches still need revival and encouragement.
In 2015 we will continue the Revival Now School of Ministry (RNSM) in Kilgoris in April, August & in December. In June we will lead a small team across the Maasai Mara into Tanzania where we will minister to a group of Maasai that seems to have been forgotten and who are still bound in many cultural superstitions. Pastors John Olempurkoi, Jackson Mongaine & Dalmas Momboshi have all been asking me to go to this area for several years. I am sensing the time to go is now and they are leading this effort to help us reach this area in Tanzania Maasailand.
April 15-18, 2014 Revival Now will sponsor the Kilgoris Women’s Conference. In August our plans are to return to Lodwar town for another conference & crusade where God has always met with us and poured out His Spirit on these thirsty people. We also have a trip to Nicaragua on the schedule in May for several youth groups that are ready to experience International Missions.
We absolutely could not do all we do without the help of all our friends and partners. I speak with people regularly that assume there has to be a major denominational group that sponsors all our trainings, conferences and crusades. Because of the trans-denominational focus on this ministry, RNM is not funded by any one major group. While we would love to have that flow of resources, it would also limit our mandate in the nations. God uses individuals and churches from many different denominations and many different streams of the Holy Spirit to help us touch the nations.
Would you consider helping us continue our part of the Great Commission? I strongly sense the Lord calling us to continue to expand our ministry in Kenya as well as other parts of East Africa. The harvest is ripe. Laborers are crying out for training and discipleship. Local churches are pleading for encouragement and training as well.
We are ready to do more!
Thank you for listening to and being obedient to what Holy Spirit instructs you to do.
From Pam and I, the entire Copeland clan as well as all the pastors & leaders around the world that Revival Now has touched this year:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!