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 worked in Marsabit as a ministry apprentice in 2015 and then studied for a Bachelor of Theology at George Whitefield College in South Africa from 2016 - 2018.
Jomo’s ministry includes:
‘I have seen something else under the sun: the race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.’ Ecclesiastes 9:11
We ought to work hard. It is a command but we need not to be confident in our own strength - rather we must look up to God’s blessing, without which all our endeavours would be in vain. The poet has made it very clear to us that victory in a race is not determined by the athlete’s swiftness, the battle is never won by the strong. The wise do not secure food or the brilliant accumulate wealth and it is never the learned who gain favour from men. But time or season are well known and planned by God and he makes the success. I have been reflecting on how numerous things happening around my life are entirely planned and ordained by God. He has made all my plans victorious.
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