The Recipe for Building a Reliable Team

In the year is 1982, I had joined High School and attempted to play hockey. This, as a guy coming from a village primary school, was the wrong game. Basketball and hockey were, in those days, games of the urbanites.

Having never touched a hockey stick until I was in Form 1 (1st year of high school) proofed to be quite a tall order. The “wajuaji” (street wise) urbanites made me know I was on the wrong frontier. The hockey ball would often find its way through my legs accompanied by laughter as they dribbled past me.

My journey in leadership is marked by various individuals that played critical roles at various stages in my life. One such person is Mr. Sigh, who as the name denotes, was of Asian descent. He was the hockey team’s coach and somehow, he noticed me and encouraged me on. Under his keen eye he coached the knowledgeable and beginners like me.

Having an eye to recognize raw talent is a mark of leadership and of a good mentor. Mr. Sigh spotted talent that, though raw, matched the game. He encouraged me from ground zero in the midst of those that sought to stop me from advancing from that ground. If not for him, the bullies so to say would have run me off the field.

The year that followed, I was among our school’s team that made it all the way to the nationals having run over many schools enroute. I was among the youngest! Not only that, Mr. Sigh said to this armature, “You will be my team captain in a few years.” Those words still ring in my head! That sounded a joke.

Had I mentioned that to the other players, they would have really laughed me off as a day dreamer. His words equally came to pass as a few years ahead, I captained my school for over 2 years. He spotted raw talent, nurtured it and spoke affirmation into it. All this meant I worked hard.

I wasn’t going to let my Moses down! His words worked me up! I cheerfully took on his added exercises assignments. At that stage of life I was one fearful and shy boy. Mr. Sigh in many ways became part of the good forces that worked on me to bring forth leadership traits.

As a leader today, I am always keen to look out for those possible leaders who may otherwise not be noticed. Once I spot them, I deliberately seek them out and in addition speak courage and boldness into their lives. I seek to help remove barriers that need to be removed out of their way as was in my case; expose backgrounds that could be limiting their skill or sparkle.

It can be an accent that puts them some steps behind. Or a dented self-esteem or being scholarly, some steps behind their peers. As leaders, we should not be too busy for these greenhorns. Among them is Joshua, Moses’ successor and Timothy, Paul’s successor. Let us take time to notice them, affirm them, remove their barricades and call them out.

Proclaim African Evangelists Congress 2021

Proclaim African Evangelists Congress 2020 changed the African outlook of evangelism. The 3-day Congress brought together 3,318 participants from 49 African countries and 10 diaspora countries. And this gave birth to an idea that will transform evangelism in Africa.

By targeting specific groups under the theme: Let Africa hear and proclaim the gospel, the congress seeks to impart knowledge, educate evangelists and build a strong foundation upon which evangelism will thrive in Africa with a view of reaching all Africans with the gospel.

This year’s edition will begin with Proclaim Young Evangelists Congress that will run from 10th to 12th September 2021 at 4pm GMT; targeting over 2,000 evangelists between the ages of 15-35 from all over Africa.

By bringing together the future generation of evangelists together to learn at the feet of those curving the path ahead of them, the Congress ensures that a proper appreciation of evangelism is instilled to go with the passion and fire that burns within each and every attendee of the Congress. The panelists have been specifically targeted for their influence in their areas of dominion.

This will be followed by the Regional Proclaim Evangelists Congress taking place in November 2021. Developed with the knowledge that evangelism styles across Africa are different, this will give the various regions of Africa i.e. North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa an opportunity to meet within their various regions and learn from each other as well as connect and network.

Proclaim Continental Congress 2021 shall be culmination of the country, regions’ and young evangelists’ congresses within the year. The virtual congress shall run from 7th- 9th December 2021 while the in person shall run from 6th- 11th December 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Emerging evangelism topical issues from regional and country congress shall be handled. Seasoned and experienced evangelists shall handle such as this issues giving relevant case studies and success stories to learn from. Regions shall also present their Regional and Country Evangelism Plans to the wider Africa creating a platform to learn from each other. Proclaim 2021 shall also seek to study what other continents are doing to reach their own.

Youth Ablaze for Christ in South Africa, Malawi and Kenya

COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Department of Education in South Africa posed a major challenge for the SA Foxfires Team to visit schools after commissioning. After several unsuccessful attempts to arrange visits, God opened up doors for ministry in schools after presenting the matter to Him in prayer. The Foxfires team made the very first school visit to Engobhiyeni Primary School in Wartburg which was characterized by a two-day program which included an assembly, a number of life skills classes and distribution of Share the Warmth Drive hampers.

Shortly thereafter, the team got ministry opportunities in Sweetwaters, which included visits to a primary school, a secondary school and a Children’s Home – Tetelegu Primary School where the team ministered in the assembly through a skit, Shayabuntu Secondary School where many teenagers gave their lives to the Lord and ministry to Tabitha and iCare Street Children’s Homes in South Coast of KZN, South Africa which was coupled with distribution of groceries and school shoes.

After intense months of training and capacity building, the Foxfires Team in Malawi engaged in an outreach mission in partnership with Design Outreach at Dowa in Lilongwe City. 132 people were reached and 81 of them committed to follow Christ.

Later, the team conducted a school outreach at Mvama Private School in Lilongwe where they ministered to 105 secondary school students and 74 got born again.

18 Foxfires have been a force to reckon in Kenya as they engaged in outreach activities within Kenya’s Nairobi City and other areas. Early July, the youngsters were part of the missioners in Mombasa during the Mombasa West Mission that saw 10,986 people commit their lives to Christ.

The team engaged in ministry to International Christian Church Oloolua, Ngong where they preached the gospel in the church’s neighborhood reaching 117, 31 of whom committed to follow Christ. Later in the same month, they attended a service at International Christian Church in Kerarapon and at Deliverance Church Milimani, Nairobi where the Foxfires engaged 121 teenagers in relevant matters that concern sexual purity, behavior, academic excellence and Christlikeness.

They later did a mission in Mashuuru, Kajiado County in conjunction with PCEA St. Andrews Church Nairobi in which they ministered in 23 PCEA Churches reaching 321 individuals, 5 of whom received salvation.

In the last week of July, the team had an engaging and life changing training on sexual purity which culminated with the signing of a commitment certificate to stay sexually pure. The Kenyan cohort graduates this September from the programme.

“I have greatly grown in God’s word and ministry for the months I have been in the Foxfires Programme. This I believe is an impact I will always cherish. I have gained a hope for tomorrow. I have gained the confidence to spread the word. This, with the help of God, I will continue to do for God’s Glory.” – Winnie Achieng’, Kenya Foxfire

“My life has been impacted spiritually, socially, mentally as well as physically. I am glad to go through such a holistic transformation. I have come to learn a lot of things, some of which I have already started applying in my family, church, and I have been able to share some with my friends.” – Memory Suwadi, Malawi Foxfire

I Now Know God’s Love!

Rukundo Steven, 17, grew up in despair because he did not know his biological father. He kept wondering why his mother could not reveal who was his dad was, only to later realize that his mum used to engage in sexual immorality and she was not sure who Steven’s dad was.

“My mother married another man while she was pregnant with me and when she delivered, her husband asked her who was the father of the baby and my mum said he was the one but he could not take it,” recounts Steven.

Steve grew up in that rejection. At some point there was hope when there were plans for a DNA test but a dispute arose in regards to payment of the test and his hopes were cut short.

On the last day of a weeklong mission in Kayonza, Rwanda, Steven met two AEE missioners along the street in Kayonza doing evangelism, and they asked him if they could speak with him for a few minutes, and he could not refrain. They shared with him about God’s love, as the hope of all men.

“I came to know how sinful I am and about God’s judgement upon me, and it was very touching and I felt the need for repentance of my sins. I wanted to release my burden to Jesus Christ, and I immediately decided to believe in Jesus Christ. I now know God’s love through Jesus Christ who carried my sins on the cross and my burdens included,” Steven testifies.

Steven resides in Mukarange, Kayonza District and he committed to join Pentecostal Church (ADEPR) as a means to seek spiritual growth.

AEE Rwanda in partnership with churches in Kayonza District in Rwanda conducted a weeklong mission between 15th and 21st August in strict adherence to Covid 19 protocols. Over 8.000 people were reached and 1,468 committed to the faith and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord. Keep the new converts in prayer and pray also for AE Rwanda and the churches in Kayonza as they implement the discipleship strategies.