Alex and Susannah are in Nairobi, studying at Africa International University (AIU). After studying in Kenya, Alex and Susannah hope to return to Tanzania, where they served in 2013. They plan to teach at Munguishi Bible College, training pastors to teach God’s word.
Alex and Susannah both spent much of their childhood in central and eastern Africa and so are familiar with many of the culturally challenging aspects of life there. Over the year they spent at Munguishi, God grew in them a passion to see the Church in East Africa equipped with leaders who can teach God’s word well. In addition, during their time at Munguishi Alex and Susannah learnt a lot of Swahili as they attended chapel, got to know the students and prepared lessons. From 2014 - 2017 Alex and Susannah studyied Theology for Crossing Cultures at Oak Hill Theological College. To equip them further, they are studying for a Master's in Mission Studies at AIU.
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Alex’s Master’s research took us on an eight-hour adventure north of Nairobi to the town of Marsabit on the road to Ethiopia.
Our four weeks there enabled Alex to conduct his research into Borana’s predominant religion worldview. Whilst there, Alex had lots of great conversations with various members of the predominant religion about what they believe and what it means for us to put our faith in Jesus. In a conversation with Baba S, a senior Borana politician, Baba S claimed that ‘Peace is the most important thing for Borana people’, an interesting claim considering the Borana and Gabra people have been violently raiding each other’s cattle for generations. Baba S saw education as the solution to the lack of peace. He put this into practice by educating all his children including his daughter, S, who invited us to bring Elias over to play with her daughter L. The month was interrupted with various challenges including a toe infection for Elias, various vomiting bugs, water shortages and power outages, and we have to admit it was a relief to get back to Nairobi safely and enjoy the relative ease of life back in the capital. Pray for Alex in the next few months as he writes up his thesis.
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