DURING the just concluded World Athletics Championships in Moscow we saw Kenyan athletes win several medals. These athletes invest a lot of time and energy preparing for their races, a few weeks to the competition they were at a High Altitude Camp where they not only acclimatised but also got to interact with their race team mates to share ideas and build winning strategies.
In August 2013 the students’ ministry labourers and staff were in Kitui for our National Training Programme, our High Altitude Training Camp. The training was facilitated by Okorie Kalu, and coordinated by Chris Amulo Tom Owuor, and I. It ran for 12 days and its theme was Ministering the Word Deeply and Meaningfully, taken from 2 Timothy 2:15; Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (ESV). Our time together was focused on the New Testament where we engaged with our facilitator and with each other to strengthen our spiritual muscles so that we could run our races in the different ministry areas with better skill and more confidence.
It was not just study but also fun and times of deep interactions as we engaged each other, sharing experiences and lessons from different ministries across Kenya and even Tanzania. It was exciting to learn skills in helping young disciples grow in Bible study and how we can use the New Testament here in Africa to minister to both the literate and semi-literate. We placed the Scriptures in our ministry contexts and in the way we Evangelise, Establish and Equip.
At the end of our time, we left Kitui with our hearts burning like the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Our time at the High Altitude Camp was fruitful, we are ready to run the race and win the medals!
By Alex Kiamba