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ARTS and WTC-Uganda

Through the generous giving of our members, The Crossing has provided significant support to African Reformed Theological Seminary (ARTS) and Westminster Theological College-Uganda (WTC-U) located near Kampala. ARTS offers a Masters of Arts in Theology Studies (MATS), while her sister school, WTC-U, offers diploma and Bachelors of Arts in Theological Studies (BATS). These two institutions offer high quality reformed theological education to the Kenyan pastors we partner to educate. So far, we have supported well over a dozen Kenyan pastors via scholarship.
A Thank You from Dr. Dave and ARTS:
We are so grateful for this VERY generous donation. This has been a HUGE boost to finishing the campus and getting us ready for students. This week we had about 20 students attending Systemic Theology I and next week the same number for ST II.  Then we host about 30 students for three weeks of Biblical Hebrew. The [enclosed] report details how the funds were spent. Please pass this on to the appropriate persons at The Crossing. We want to express gratitude to the Crossings elders and the donors for their investment in ARTS. Please get back with any questions.
In the Lamb,
Below are photos of the newly opened ARTS campus where extensive renovations were required to convert an aging primary school into a graduate seminary. Your donations helped make this possible.

Uganda NOW Outreach: Brent Messimer

Brent Messimer is the founder and director of Rescue Innocence, the topic of last week’s mission post on ESI. Brent is also the previous Director of Evangelism for Uganda NOW Outreach and continues to serve them as a volunteer. The Crossing supports his work as a missionary serving in these interrelated ministries. He provides this guest post to give us an idea of the ministry in Uganda:

A prescription for the perfect mission week serving in Uganda:

2 excited volunteers [Allen & Sue] and a [soon to be former] Uganda NOW Outreach director (me), two villages to work in (Makindu and Busagazi), 300 toothbrushes for the kids, over $1000 of donated stationary, around $500 makeup products, $300 worth of soccer balls, small goals, footballs, and Frisbee’s for the sports ministry, rice and meat (the first time this year our kids ate meat), and a lot of hours preparing lessons and sermons.

Invested in Leadership

version-2The Crossing is strategically investing in pastoral and chaplaincy leadership in Kenya. This builds the capacity of church leadership with solid theological training. It also provides better prepared chaplains for police and army units. These men can especially impact areas of culture where historically there has been a tendency for graft.

The Crossing provides scholarships for pastors and chaplains to obtain theological education at Covenant College of Theological Studies and Leadership in Nairobi. We congratulate the recent graduating class of pastors and chaplains.

screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-12-15-52-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-22-at-12-15-57-pmJoel Kavala serves Covenant as Academic Dean, while Stephen Kiura serves as Principal. These men also serve on our Kenya Advisors Council (KAC). This group of Kenyan pastors and missionaries help us monitor and connect with partner projects in Kenya.

Joel is a former scholarship recipient and candidate for Masters graduation from Westminster Theological Seminary Uganda (WTSU is now in the process of becoming accredited as ARTS: Africa Reformation Theological Seminary.) His hope is to obtain PhD education through a low residency seminary in South Africa.

Scholarships for theological education in Uganda and Nairobi are generously provided through Kenya Christlike Leadership Program (KCLP) which was founded in 2009 by Crossing members concerned with transforming communities in Kenya through the gospel. One means of achieving this is enlarging the Christlike leadership capacity of key members of the church and community.