A Mentoring Culture in Africa
2022 is a new year that is filled with great hope as well as uncertainty. As this new year begins, We are reminded that we all need a mentor.
One of our 12 Biblical Principles of Church Planting at DCPI, the Barnabas Principle, states, “Every church planter needs a mentor. A mentor is someone who has been where you want to go and is willing to help you get there.”
Our Africa: East/South World Zone lives out the Barnabas Principle in very tangible ways.
World Zone Leader Bishop Francis Kamau has developed a culture of mentoring. One of the main leaders in whom Bishop Kamau invests his time is Regional Director Hudson Bande. Hudson, in return pours his energy and passion into Master Trainers like John Nguya, John Chege, Webster Kapaliswa, Emanuel Muna and Robert Nyongesa. These Master Trainers in response devote their lives to encouraging and supporting church planters who God is using to change lives one church planting church at a time.
An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Leaders in the Africa: East/South World Zone have chosen to go together … and they are making a world of difference.
The apostle Paul in II Timothy 2:2 wrote, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” Through intentional mentoring, Francis Kamau has entrusted the ministry of planting dynamic churches to change the world into the hands of many.
In light of Francis Kamau’s example, I have two questions for you …
- Who are you going to mentor this year?
Take time this week to ask God to show you who He would like you to invest your life into during 2022.
- How will you begin this mentoring relationship in the new year?
This week make a telephone call, send a letter, or schedule a time for coffee or tea to meet together with a church planter to empower them in their church planting journey. Your investment will help them to get where they want to go, if you are willing to allow the Lord to use you to help them get there.
Another way that you can begin this mentoring relationship is to invite your mentee to join you for a walk.
During the month of January all over the world, DCPI staff, trainers, church planters and advocates will be walking 5k, 3.1 miles to pray and raise funds for the 5 Million Church Vision.
You are encouraged to join us and invite others to join you in a 5K Prayer Walk for 5 Million Churches.
For more information, go online to https://dcpi.org/5K-FOR-5-MILLION/ and then take a mentoring step by inviting someone to join you.
I believe that the Lord is going to do amazing things in 2022 and I look forward to hearing who you take with you on this journey.
Until the whole world knows Him,