The Kenya School of Preaching (KSOP) is thriving under the capable leadership of Charles Ogutu, Director, and Elias Omallo, Academic Dean. Dr. Denny Petrillo and I (Dr. Michael Reese) recently were on the campus of KSOP, located at Hellena Court in the Migosa area of Kisumu, Kenya to teach several short courses.
Denny taught a short course, Daniel and Ezekiel February 29-March 4 to the twenty undergraduate students. I taught a graduate class to six Master’s students March 1-4 on the book of Hebrews. March 7-11, I taught Education Program of the church to the twenty undergraduate and two Master’s students.
I have seen tremendous growth both academically and spiritually in these KSOP students. Several students who in previous classes had, in my opinion, not performed to their potential, have recently “set their hand to the plow” and were working very hard. All the students have grown in their computer, research and writing skills. Their Bible knowledge has grown exponentially evidenced by their sermons during chapel, keen Scriptural insights presented during class discussion and their well-used and worn study Bibles.
Rest assured, the Kenya School of Preaching is making impact in the Kingdom in East Africa. Each weekend when school is in session, KSOP students travel to work with area congregations. Many of the students are involved in evangelism on Saturday and teaching, preaching and leading singing on Sunday. When these students travel and work with area congregations it strengthens both the students and the congregations.
Just one example of the work of KSOP students is evidenced in Maurice Onyango and his effort with the Ikumu Church of Christ. In August of 2015, Maurice planted the church in Makhokho area during his quarter break. While conducting evangelism he learned of the Ikumu Church of Christ that had been planted in 1981 but had drifted away from faithful worship and regular attendance. Through the efforts of Maurice’s planting and watering and God giving the increase the Ikumu congregation is meeting on a regular basis and practicing New Testament Christianity. Denny Petrillo and I visited Ikumu on Sunday, March 6. There were sixty-eight in attendance. This work was begun and revitalized with $50.00 U.S. dollars, fifteen Bibles, and a lot of hard work and God’s blessings. There are stories similar to this all over East Africa of KSOP and graduates of other Bear Valley preacher training schools doing mighty work in the Kingdom with little or no outside financial support.
The facilities at KSOP are adequate for now but more room is desperately needed in the future. In December 2015, 2,400 pounds of books were shipped via container (thank you Mission Printing) to Arusha, Tanzani. Charles Ogutu and David Wasonga travelled to Andrew Connally School of Preaching in Arusha, on March 14-15 and transported the 71 boxes of books to KSOP. What a tremendous blessing these books will be to students and churches in Kenya.
Truly, the Kenya School of Preaching is reaching out to the entire country with seven of the major tribes of Kenya represented in the current class. John Paul (KSOP 2014) and current evangelist at Merega, Kenya posted a picture on Facebook recently of four brothers in Christ with the caption “Jesus erased that tribalistic boundary! Here is a Luo, Luyhiah, Kalenjine and Kissii all brought together by Christ’s blood!”
May God continue to bless the Kenya School of Preaching and all the Bear Valley schools as they continue to teach faithful men “. . . who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim.2:2).