As you read this, my wife and I will be in Kenya. I will be preaching in various churches and teaching the Book of Romans in the Berean School of Ministry, a Bible seminary for pastors.
We are taking with us dozens of theology books, personal hygiene products, musical instruments including a new guitar, solar battery chargers, common Western medicines unavailable there (like Ibuprofen), toys, a portable DVD player and DVDs, candy, a laptop and tablet. All these will be given free to pastors and churches.
Kenya is a dynamic country with amazing natural resources. These resources have been largely undervalued and underdeveloped; the greatest is it’s people. They are friendly and very curious about white people and Americans in general. There is also a very deep hunger for the Word of God among Christians.
A majority of pastors have never had any formal Bible training. They come to faith in Christ and then start a church. What they know of Christianity comes from what they learn first-hand or see on American television programs. It’s resulted in an array of false teaching and cult-like leaders. Berean School of Ministry is working to change this.
The Apostle Paul wrote to a young pastor named Timothy: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). These words are so needed to be heard in America as in Kenya. Over the next three weeks, please pray for me and the leaders of this school as we endeavor to teach these pastors to labor in the word and doctrine with honor (1 Timothy 5:17).
If you would like to support this school financially, please contact me at Rice.Richard@hotmail.com.
** This blog will continue to post each weekday. I’m prepared to preach the word in season and out of season, when at home and when in Kenya.