Marsabit Diocese is in northern Kenya and is the size of the whole of England. 60% of the population are Muslim and 35% follow traditional African religions - just 5% are Christian. Gospel workers are few, with only 18 trained clergy.
The diocese's youth and children’s worker is responsible for 53 churches spread across a huge region. It is an important role as radicalisation of young people is increasingly becoming an issue. Christian teenagers suffer much persecution and pressure to conform.
Jomo Nderitu has been the youth and children’s worker since January 2019. He previously worked in Marsabit as a ministry apprentice from 2014-2015. This apprenticeship year helped sharpen Jomo's desire to live for Christ and proclaim him to the unchurched. Jomo then studied for a Bachelor of Theology at George Whitefield College in South Africa from 2016-2018.
Jomo’s ministry includes:
‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.’ (Proverbs 1:7) What a reminder this is that only those who fear, trust and revere the Lord are truly wise! Those who despise and ignore God walk in foolishness and ignorance. And so we keep beseeching the Lord to instil his fear in our hearts and to instruct us towards true wisdom (‘Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God’ – 1 Cor 1:24).
The diocesan youth leadership summit is an arm that seeks to equip and empower young people to treasure, live and stand for the gospel in and through storms and pressures. The book of Hebrews was our book of exposition at this year’s summit. We were particularly aiming to point each other towards staying strong in Christ amidst trials and tough storms. Isn’t this exactly what Christ told his disciples? ‘In this world you will face many troubles. But take heart! For I (Christ) have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33)
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