Church Planters Preparing the Field for a Harvest
Daniel Kuria Waruingi was born in Nyandarua County in central Kenya. “I am the youngest of seven children,” exclaims Daniel. “I am a pastor and also work part-time as a site supervisor. God has blessed me with a wife and five children who are now adults with their own families. All my children are believers and three of them are Project Philip students.”
“I was raised as a Kikuyu* boy and in our culture, it is the responsibility of the mother and the grandparents to provide their children with a basic education. By the age of six, a young boy would begin taking care of livestock along with the older boys. Playtime involved practicing two important skills: leadership and fighting skills,” says Daniel.
“ My parents became Christians when I was young. Sometimes we attended church, although not regularly. Daniel’s hunger for studying the Word of God was rekindled when Project Philip was introduced. “I have not experienced this kind of training since I gave my life to Christ in 1975,” he says. “I feel like I was in darkness and now I’m in the light. Today I have embarked on cell group evangelism because it’s easy to reach people through Project Philip. Prior to attending the program, I wasn’t equipped for missions or to live my life as a believer. Today we have our own Bibles and resources to continue our Bible study and evangelising our area.”
“The program has been instrumental in helping me to nurture believers by challenging them to grow and get involved in the mission. It has helped our church to grow by more than 30 new believers and members.”
*The Kikuyu are the largest ethnic tribe in Kenya making up 22 percent of the country’s population. They’re believed to have originated from West Africa alongside other Bantu tribes and settled along Mount Kenya. They were good friends with the Maasai, the two tribes inter-married and traded goods. Kikuyus are known for being industrious and farmers. Most are well educated wielding a huge political and economic influence in Kenya. It’s the Kikuyu that formed the rebellion group Mau Mau which fought the British leading to Kenya’s independence. Today the majority of Kikuyus reside in the capital Nairobi, their native Central Province and other towns where they engage in business. Their ability to easily adapt to new realities has resulted in their adopting to many aspects of modern culture. Africa’s first female Nobel Laureate, the late Professor Wangari Maathai was a Kikuyu as well as the first, third and current president of Kenya.
Pray Daniel and other believers will grow in their rekindled love for the Word of God.
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