CMS-Africa in partnership with Partners Worldwide is impacting Kenyan communities by interesting individuals in business as missions. “In the year 2000, I was involved in a research on how business can transform communities. From this research, we realized that businesses are redemptive vessels to bring people out of poverty to reflect God’s image and to bring people to Jesus,” affirms BAM champion Rev Dennis Tongoi.
In Kiambu County- Kenya, Dairy farmers have been going through a training on Business as Mission and on Friday January 30th, over 20 of them qualified as trainer of trainers in value chain and integration of farmers to business as Mission concepts at a colorful ceremony presided over by CMS-Africa International Director Rev. Dennis Tongoi.
“The trainer of trainers underwent two weeks of thorough training on business management hinged on biblical concepts of business as mission. Today we are here to commission the TOT’s who have gone through the training to become approved training of trainers for the business training curriculum.” says Grace Muchiri, the Partnership Manager- Kenya at Partners Worldwide.
Rev Dennis Tongoi commissioned 20 TOT’s to not only go train people in businesses but become market place missionaries leveraging on business to reach out the communities for Jesus Christ.
“CMS-Africa believes the market place is the centre for missions and as such works with strategic partners to reach out to people involved in businesses,” said Rev. Dennis.
Grafco Savings and Credit Company played a big role in mobilising the trainees in Kiambu County. Grafco is a company that deals in dairy farming by training farmer’s to add value to dairy products. They are thus involved in the farming work and believe in farming God’s way.
“This is a first of its kind in Kenya where business practice is to be heavily informed by a biblical curriculum. The 20 have been trained to be market place ministers and it is hope that they will impact communities for Christ,” said Grafco team leader, Mr. John Wanjohi.
A training curriculum on business as mission was developed by Partners Worldwide and is in use in several countries. The curriculum is designed to equip TOT who are then send to the market places to train the business people and CMS-Africa has been in the forefront advancing this biblical concepts across the continent.
When the Ugandans’ realized the kind of training that Business training is, they went ahead and organized a training that brought together over 5 local organization. A training was undertaken and they commissioned the trainees as TOT in the year 2013.
“There are 2 kinds of minister, there is the market place minister and there is the pulpit minister. Through this training, we discussed that the market place minister is more with the people. The pulpit minister is just with the people on Sundays. If the people in the market place would have Christ in them and serve as minister, they would do better that even the pulpit ministers,” said yet another of the trainees Tabitha from Grafco.
“Business people do not necessarily need credit. Some of them all they need is training; empowering with knowledge and power. Once people have the knowledge they are able to organize the resources they have and they will surely make a difference in the society,” said Rev. Tongoi while charging the BAM ToT’s to go out and empower the business people with biblical knowledge.
Rev Tongoi beseeched the ToTs to be like Paul and Noah in the Bible who used whatsoever skills and abilities God had given them by engaging in businesses for the Glory of God.
“As you go out there and train the people in business, remember the greater call of God on your life. May the Lord fill you with the Holy Spirit like Bezalel and Ohaliab who were endowed with the Spirit of God to do wonder in Exodus chapter thirty one,” admonished Rev Tongoi.