Gerald and Louise are passionate about young people knowing Jesus and living lives committed to him.
Gerald leads a discipleship programme for school-leavers called TransformD. The Kenyan education system has a natural gap from January to August so it is a strategic time to offer a discipleship programme.
The main focus of TransformD is to deepen young people's faith and knowledge of the Bible. Alongside this, they teach life-skills, farming, teamwork and the theology of work. One month of the programme involves a mission trip within Kenya that serves as valuable cross-cultural mission training. The young people leave TransformD better prepared for their next stage of education or employment, stronger in their Christian faith and with some good Christian friendships formed during their time there.
Gerald and Louise have three boys: Jeremiah, Daniel and James.
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This year we welcomed 42 students who come from different places around the country. The first five weeks were hard for some as they struggled to settle in. However, it is always encouraging to hear some of their reflections at the end of the programme. Some found our rules and schedules a bit tough, for example, we require that students do not have their phones during the week to encourage them to spend the time interacting with their new friends and concentrating on the learning both in class and outside the class with less distraction. After the first block, some had promised not to come back for the second block if rules were not going to be changed. But in the end, everybody turned up. In fact, those that had threatened not to come back were among the first to report back. When asked why they came back, one answered, ‘I couldn’t miss the second block.’
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