May has been a big month for our family as we celebrate the graduation of our son, Tristan, who will be leaving for Acadia University in Nova Scotia this coming August. We are so glad that he will be with us for the summer as we host volunteers from the Canadian Baptist Spring Forth youth team that will participate in this year’s Kamp Tumaini.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
This summer’s Kamp Tumaini will be held in the village of Mivumoni in the coastal region of Kwale County. Unlike past years, the 2017 camp will be hosted by an entire high school where we will connect with over 550 students from grades nine to twelve.
The camp program is aimed at promoting inclusion and the strengthening of healthy community among the student body, as well as a strong focus on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. We are very thankful for the local Africa Brotherhood Church that has been ministering to people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS for almost fourteen years.
Please join us in praying for these camps and for the Spring Forth team that will be arriving in Kenya on July 1. We pray that this summer will be a transformative experience for everyone involved in the camp as we bear witness to the hope of Christ in word and deed.
Earlier this month, we helped to facilitate the launch of Canadian Baptist Ministries’ new Africa Leadership Exchange program that is helping sixteen key leaders from four of our partner denominations strengthen their churches in the area of governance and leadership.
We were thrilled to have Rev. Dr. Jonathan R. Wilson and his wife, Soohwan Park, as guest speakers. It was a rich week of building bonds of mutual understanding and trust along with foundational teaching in the area of denominational governance.
Please pray for our colleague Jonathan Mills who is spearheading this new initiative. We also remember the leaders of our participating African partners as they seek to bring sustainable change for the good of their churches.
Erica has been working with a new project called Pamoja, which means “Together” in Kiswahili. The Pamoja project is bringing together women pastors from the African Christian Church and Schools with women pastors and leaders from Canada. The program is providing much-needed support and encouragement, as the Canadian and Kenya women share and pray together about the challenges and blessings of ministry. We are very thankful for our colleague Pastor Beth Kimathi, who is helping to facilitate the Pamoja project with Erica.
We want to thank you for your faithful and generous support for our family and the ministry of CBM in Africa. We will be returning to Canada this August to connect with our partners in mission. CBM is currently arranging our home assignment schedule, which we hope to have posted in our next update letter that will be sent out in late July.
If your church or church association is interested in having us visit and speak, please contact Mrs. Barb Keys at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905.821.3533 ext 122.
We wish you a wonderful spring!
Aaron & Erica
About Aaron and Erica Kenny
Aaron and Erica Kenny serve as Africa Team Leaders, providing continental leadership and support for CBM’s team, partnerships, and programs. In addition, the Kennys direct CBM’s Muslim Ministries in Kenya where they are involved in strengthening local churches in reaching out to their Muslim neighbors through integral mission.