Jem supports the Church of Uganda’s ‘BUILD’ training initiative, which has now spread to the surrounding countries (South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and DR Congo). BUILD (Biblical Understanding for In-service Leadership Development) helps to equip the many local church leaders who have no access to traditional training.
BUILD uses a multiplication model to achieve this: the formal training-of-trainers equips them to train leaders at the grassroots in local, non-formal BUILD groups. The trainers are exposed to and taught to use an extensive curriculum that is biblical, theological and practical, and which has been developed in context.
Jem joined Crosslinks in 2000 and lived in Uganda until 2007 before moving to South Africa, where there is also some BUILD presence. He returned to the UK in 2013 and continues to serve BUILD through leading the work of BUILD Partners, which includes regular travel to East Africa. Jem also serves as an Associate Minister (NSM) at St Bartholomew’s Church, Bath.
‘God intended it for good’
Outside the hotel in Amsterdam
I have just returned from a most encouraging time in Kenya. Things did not begin well. A flight delay meant 24hrs in an Amsterdam airport hotel. It felt sad to wake up there rather than in Kenya but I remembered that a Rwandan BUILD trainer, Edward Nyituriki, was studying at a nearby seminary. Edward cycled over to see me and then invited some other Rwandans to join us. It was good to catch up and talk through plans for ministry in Rwanda when he returns in June and some of that conversation is in this blog post: http://buildpartners.org/blog/reintegrating-into-rwandan-communities/ I arrived in Kenya late ‘but God intended it for good.’
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