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Africa: A Continent of Great Diversity

Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent. It covers about 20 percent of Earth’s total land area. With 1.1 billion people in 2013, it accounts for about 15% of the world’s human population. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognized sovereign countries. Africa’s median age is about 20 while the worldwide median age is about 30. It straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas. Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures, and languages.

Population: 953,000,000

Spiritually lost: 755,000,000 (79%)

Unreached people groups: 1344

  • Serving Kenya since 1998
  • Mission focus: training pastoral leaders
  • KMTI team: Larry Neese & George Wafula
  • Pastors trained since 1998: 1700+

Kenya: Larry Neese & KMTI

Kenya Ministry Training Institute was birthed in Africa for Africans. The school was founded by Dr. LeRoy Curtis to take poor rural pastors, most with no previous Bible training, and teach them how to study and teach the Bible for the rest of their lives. With classes scheduled to fit the pattern of their agricultural lifestyle, and at a price each one can readily afford, the school has become one of the educational wonders of East Africa. Ranging out from the beautiful central campus in Kitale, satellite schools also now serve students throughout Kenya and Uganda.

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Under the oversight of the all Kenyan staff, students learn much more than how to teach the Bible; they learn how to follow Jesus’ example today. KMTI Director George Wafula says some of the greatest changes come in the family life of the student pastors. Because George was born in a polygamous family, he has a keen appreciation for the amazing cultural changes he now sees in African families. Teaching men to be the husband of one wife is also the best deterrents to the spread of AIDS, a ghastly plague in Africa.

East Africa has been heavily evangelized, but this evangelism is often “a mile wide and an inch deep.” — Converts simply don’t know the Bible, nor how to live God’s way. As a result, the nation lingers in corruption and poverty for lack of basic Christian training. Meanwhile, radical Islam is also creeping south in Africa — A strong Christian Kenya is essential!

Training leaders how to study the Bible themselves makes them lifelong students of the Word. KMTI then trains the best of our students to become mentors and teachers of other pastors. We also train inter-denominationally—serving the entire Body of Christ. East Africa Director Larry Neese says, “No other school in Kenya offers the inductive Bible training that we provide.”

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