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Blog Archives: January 2010 — December 2010

I don’t believe in coincidences, chances, or accidents

December 21, 2010
Josiah Katumu
I just finished the two meetings I had scheduled for today with the pastor of New City Fellowship-Chattanooga, Randy Nabors, and another fellow, while Kedric was visiting the local Ronald McDonald House. Kedric and I drove around looking for a coffee shop with wi-fi. Niedlov`s is the place we settle on, located in downtown. I find a table for us and get some coffee while I tell Ked about my meeting. In the far left corner is a lady working hard on her computer and, as usual, I talk loudly so she is able to hear everything I am saying....

Inadequacy is a Gift

December 21, 2010
Josiah Katumu
If you asked me what I thought about my trip to Chattanooga on Wednesday, December 8, my answer would have been, "Cold, very cold." I was freezing during the whole drive from Orlando, because we decided to take my friend, Kedric Webster's, car which didn’t have heat. I had a couple of jackets on, hand gloves, hood and a blanket, but nothing could beat Ked`s cold car. On the other hand though, I was able to hold snow in my hands for the very first time. I also experienced the pain of driving through sleet and icy roads. The Floridians (Kenyans ...

Cowboy Hats for Kenyans

December 21, 2010
Josiah Katumu
I got an opportunity to visit Houston, TX during the Fall break in October of ths year, thanks to Justin & Brandi Hyde and Dr. Jammie Johns of Hamoreh. Justin and I met in Kenya while I was there last Summer. He was preaching at my dad`s church in Utawala, Nairobi. He also taught a few classes at the Kenya Baptist Theological Seminary (KBTC-Brackenhurst) in Limuru during his visit to Kenya. I told him a little about the CRC and he seemed very excited about the idea of having a Resource Center which would cater for the needs of many pastors in ...

Vision and Strategic Planning

October 07, 2010
Josiah Katumu
I attended a leadership seminar last week that was organized by my pastor, Randy Greenwald. The speaker was Bill Mills, the founder of Leadership Resources International, a mission’s organization that has been doing informal training to pastors all over the world. They focus on a small group of pastors who receive training and free training material for a number of years. The goal is to have these trained pastors equipped so they can train the local pastors and clergy in their respective country. I love the idea of “indigenous leadership” and ...

More Stuff…

September 17, 2010
Josiah Katumu
The church in Kenya seems to be taking a more active role in the society than before, especially in the political scene. There was a time when only a few mainstream churches would dare to get involved in the murky business of politics and governance. I recall, it was during the early 1990's when Kenya was about to become a multiparty system from a one-party regime, that some of the church leaders came out fighting strongly and helped the country change one of the clauses on our constitution that would usher in democracy. In recent times, 2010 ...

Summer in Kenya 2010

September 11, 2010
Josiah Katumu
It`s been a while since I posted something new on this blog and many of you have been asking why I have not done so. School just started which means I`m trying to keep up with all the readings and classes... but I also have to admit that blogging is a new concept to me and I`ll have to get used to it. I need to discipline myself and maybe do a post once a week. Many of you have been asking about the CRC and if we are making any progress. I am glad to report that, in some way I am making progress; but it is also going slow due to school work ...

Books and Coffee

April 13, 2010
Josiah Katumu
When I came to RTS about two years ago I was not sure what kind of ministry God was calling me to. I was not so excited about church planting or pastoral work for that matter, having grown up in a pastors home and with most of my close friends doing pastoral work. I knew (at least in theory), the challenges and pressures of being a pastor. In fact there were times I would pray and ask God not to call me to be a pastor… I still do! But it was through prayer and sharing with close friends that I began to see what God was laying on my heart. I ...

Why a Resource Center

April 06, 2010
Josiah Katumu
It has been over a year now since I began sharing what God was laying on my heart concerning the Christian Resource Center. I must say it almost feels like it was yesterday. I say this because I am still excited and passionate about the idea of bringing the much needed help to the church in Kenya. Having grown up in a minister`s home and being around church all of my life, I have seen the need for pastors and ministers to be more equipped for ministry of shepherding the flock entrusted to them by Christ. I realize that this is not an easy ...

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