Today we went to Bukwo to spend time with some of the former students of Redeemer Bible School and to meet with some of the long standing ministers of the region. As we were leaving Suam we heard rifle shots up in the hills and learned that there had been a violent dispute between two families the night before. The gunshots were warning shots to those who had been responsible for the previous night’s activities. Needles to say, this certainly was an interesting start to our day.
Upon our arrival in Bukwo we decided to combine our original program of meeting with former students together with our intended program for Saturday that would honor local church leaders. This was done to accommodate many other activities going on in the region. Scott started the meeting by giving a Bible teaching. I followed up by sharing our heart for the Bible School. Once I arrive back in the U.S., I will be working on securing a Bachelor’s level curriculum for our prior students who wish to go forward. We will also be starting classes once again in the Bukwo district.
After laying out the future for the Bible school, we honored the local church leaders who have set the example for others to follow. Many of these leaders have faced imprisonment and even physical harm in carrying out their ministry work. The certificates we presented seemed insufficient in honoring these leaders, but they all expressed deep gratitude for the recognition of their work.
Once the conference ended, we returned to Kapkoros to finish up the High Voltage Conference. When we arrived, Scott felt a very difficult message was being asked of him, so we spent some time praying for him. That evening Scott delivered a powerful message on giving God everything. This message was an appropriate culmination for all that had been spoken and experienced during the week.
Once the conference ended, we spent another hour speaking specifically to the leadership of the B.O.C. churches within the region. I cautioned them on letting pride into their ministry and I warned them to under gird their young people. As we closed, I was formally invited to speak in their conference again in 2014.
As we departed we discussed the need to return to Kenya a day earlier to give Scott and Nathanael more time to get acquainted with the area.