Planting trees in Partnership

During the FUM Africa board that met on February 2-3, 2024, the Samburu and Turkana Friends Mission teams put a green mark on the FTC campus by planting trees. The directors of these two Mission stations and chairs of their boards each planted a tree, not only as preservation of Mother Nature, but also as a symbol of enhancement of the partnership in their Christian ministries.


Greetings Friends,

The weather patterns have changed, especially in the western region of Kenya. We normally have lots of rain around this time to allow people prepare their farms for corn planting. The temperatures are scorching dry and the Kaimosi Street has turned out to be so dusty as to blind anyone. The motorists and motor bikers are making it uncomfortable for students and faculty to do any activities in the chapel. Although residential students left on Friday, March 15, for a one month break, faculty and staff welcomed and hosted a five days’ workshop sponsored by the Local Leaders International, in partnership with St. Paul’s University. The workshop, which ran March 18-22, brought together lecturers from the affiliate theological seminaries in western Kenya, focusing on Competencies for Theological Education and Online Teaching and Learning. Topics featured in the workshop included Competency Based Theological Education; Pedagogy for Blended Teaching and Learning; and Communication in Distance and Online Theological Education. We are so excited that FTC was picked to host this workshop that brought together over fifty lecturers.

In recent times, FTC has turned out to be providing good space for high- and low-level meetings, conferences, seminars, and workshops. During the FUM Africa board that met on February 2-3, 2024, the Samburu and Turkana Friends Mission teams put a green mark on the FTC campus by planting trees. The directors of these two Mission stations and chairs of their boards each planted a tree, not only for the preservation of Mother Nature, but also as a symbol of enhancement of the partnership in our Christian ministries. In 2017, FTC ran a cohort pastoral and leadership training in Samburu. Local pastors were given basic training in areas of evangelism, witnessing, and pastoral care. Felix Lekuyie, the new director for Samburu Friends Mission, testified to that fact by saying that FTC training has enabled pastors to break new grounds for the Friends mission in Samburu. A request has been received from Peter Emana Loteng’an, the new director of Turkana Friends Mission, for a similar cohort training. Arrangements are being made, and with the availability of funds, FTC will take training closer to those called to be pastors in Turkana sometime soon. So Friends, pray that this dream may come to be fulfilled.

Please help us welcome new staff into the department of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Mercycelina Nafula Juma, who goes by the name Mercy, comes to us as our new ICT specialist and lecturer. She is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from St. Paul’s University, and has also undertaken training in Mobile Software Development and Entrepreneurship program (MIT). Mercy, who has also participated in data science and business analytics has been working with Masinde Muliro University in the same capacity on a part-time basis. She takes over from Dennis Mutsotso, who has secured a government position in the Public Service Commission.

Dr. Robert J. Wafula
Principal
Tel. +254 734 728564
Email: robertw@fum.org