Clive Beckenham, Barnabus Ministry and Peter Butt, School of Ministry (SOM) were guests of honour at the Ruiru graduation ceremony for 16 students who had successfully completed 30 modules of the SOM programme. Two other students were unable to attend and a separate ceremony is to be arranged in November for the graduates from the Tana River district.  It was a colourful event with a tremendous sense of occasion. The students all wearing mortar boards and graduation gowns with blue flashings, which contrasted with the red gowns of Peter and Clive who declined to wear the mortar boards! 

Clive spoke about the partnership relationship between Barnabus and SOM dating back to 2001 when the first school was offered. Six members of the original group graduated today. Clive shared his dream and vision of SOM training being delivered by 200 African teachers, teaching in Kiswahili and local languages all across Kenya and East Africa. He urged the pioneering graduates to be strong and courageous in delivering the dream. Peter briefly outlined the international growth of SOM. Now being taught in 11 nations in Africa, 8 centres in India, 7 centres in the Philippines, plus Albania, Jamaica, Russia,  USA and UK. A total of 40 centres in 17 nations. 

Leonard Wafula spoke powerfully on behalf the graduating students. Completing the training had been a life-changing experience for him. The course presented a unique opportunity to study topics in a way that could be practically applied. Leonard spoke of his own experience and the challenges he faced as a young man planting churches in Western Kenya. The training had given him the confidence to lead and build up teams to continue the work.  He urged others to take up the challenge and many took him at his word as the new course began with over 30 students. 

Eric Skates