Today, my wife and I are proud, not just for having graduated from CMS-Africa’s F4 Programme but to be living by God’s principles as regards stewardship. A journey that started 2 years ago has finally and fully come to fruition. We as a family are glad that we went through this programme that is revolutionised our values and beliefs about finances not just in today’s generation but in generations to come.
These were the words of Mr. and Mrs. Kuria who is graduated as a TOT together with his wife Elizabeth.
August 22nd 2015 was not just a defining moment for Kuria and wife but over hundred other sassy graduants who went through F4 classes in the last 2 years. The over 100 grandaunts were drawn from two open classes that were ran a Silversprings Hotel in 2013 and 2014, Karura Community Chapel, African Gospel Church (AGC), All Saints Cathedral and SMEP Microfinance.
The graduates who wore full graduation gowns on this occasion were feted and acknowledged for their perseverance and determination that saw them go through a grueling 6 weeks course involving self-study, lots of personal exercises, reading and record keeping. The sweet most rewarding part of the F4 course is the application of what one has learnt by living out God’s principles for stewardship which brings financial freedom.
“Over the last 2 years, we have held different sessions for different groups of people culminating into a completion the 6 part session which constitute the F4 course. From who owns it all, managing God’s Wealth, Debt, Generosity and Diagonising Financial crisis, Relationships and Financial Freedom, all of which are woven around the biblical principles of stewardship?
All Saints Cathedral Provost, Wainaina charged the graduants to go out and be successful. Successful in family, successful in ministry and all spheres of life. To succeed, said the provost means abiding in the vine. Wainaina who anchored his keynote address from John 15: urged the grauduates to practice what they have learnt through the course. “I was challenged by CMS-Africa International Director that for people to give, they need to be taught to get wealth, guard wealth and then can they be able to give it. I therefore invited the Rev. Tongoi and his team to teach my parishioners these basic stewardship principles and am glad to witness your graduation on this day,” said the Provost.
The origin of F4 is hinged around the life of the current CMS-Africa International Director Dennis Tongoi. Rev. Dennis Tongoi wrote a book dubbed “Mixing God with Money” which is the main reference book in the F4 work. Our life was bumpy, we moved into a house without windows when the Lord called us to missions work in one of the towns here in Kenya and went into a financial crisis,” Remembers Mrs. Irene Tongoi who cheerfully says their life become financial freedom for families.
The program does not only help one manage God given resources but introduces individuals and families to basic biblical principles that releases them on the path to living a content life” observes Oliver Obwana one of the graduants.
F4 is one of the flagship CMS-Africa programmes designed to help today’s church participate I God’s mission by becoming better stewards of God given resources starting at the family level