Students in CMF’s Discipleship Training School (DTS) are taking their lessons to heart, planting two new churches recently and making plans to start seven others.
Francis Yenko, a Maasai who was mentored in DTS and trained to lead the classes, recently shared some of the amazing work his students are doing in the Elangata Enterit cluster of Community Christian Churches.
“Praise God with us for the new church planted a week ago by the DTS students at a place known as Naitiami,” said Francis. “This is a very remote place where there had been no church before, and these men prayed over 85 people last Sunday who gave their lives to Jesus. We plan to send people from Olepishet Community Christian Church and other DTS students to Naitiami each week to encourage and teach the new Christians.”
Another new church was opened recently in the village of Olashaiki, added Francis, and an elder from the Olepishet CCC, William Masiyioi, was commissioned to serve as its pastor.
DTS is a five-to-six-month, full-time program that gives participants an opportunity to discover their passions and their part in God’s purposes for the world. It includes both lecture and outreach phases. Frances is excited about the changes he has witnessed in his students, and appreciates CMF’s role in the work.
“You are all part and parcel in what God is doing in Maasailand,” he said, “and especially in this discipleship training school.”
The work of Community Christian Church in Kenya continues to expand through committed and capable national leadership, according to David Giles, CMF’s Director of Church Catalyst Ministries.
“Francis went through DTS and was later mentored to lead DTS by a missionary, and now he is leading DTS and his students are planting churches!” he said. “The goal of effective church planting movements is to ‘entrust to faithful men and women who can train others,’ and it is so encouraging and exciting to hear stories of how what was poured into faithful men and women in CCC is multiplied as they train others.”
“There is so much God is doing in the more than 170 CCC churches that we cannot keep up with the number of church plants and baptisms,” added David. “Please continue to pray for these faithful workers.”