MERRY CHRISTMAS – END OF YEAR EDITION
Dear Family & Friends
Greetings from PACE Ministries Kenya
We rejoice and give thanks to God for His continuous goodness and faithfulness to the Ministry and our family.
It’s Christmas but we’re not expecting a cold front or snow. It’s sunny and dry. I just heard the neighbors Rooster crow for the SECOND time. Christmas in Kenya is about extended families– gathering, giving and believing. Many believers attend a short morning service.
At PACE Ministries, all public services are shutdown. Ministry will reopen for certain services on January 4th. Schools will open two days afterwards. As we reflect on Jesus the Savior, we are amazed and thankful for the work of the Ministry that we have been entrusted with–its execution and delivery on daily basis.
SEPTEMBER was the start of a new school term and the final term of our academic year. All 393 students came back geared up to learn and finish well. “Finishing Well” was a theme of which Wachira challenged the staff and students throughout the last term.
The 45 teaching and support staff also had a mind to work. They gave their best. During the term, a few academic and recreation trips were conducted. First trip was for the nursery. The little Nursery pupils went to our local milk processing plant, our local water fall, and to a play area. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders ventured out to the town of Nakuru, 11/2 hours from Nyahururu. They enjoyed a tour to a commercial bakery, the Game Park and to the Menengai Crater.
OCTOBER, in this month we hosted the largest team for the year. By the 4th, our annual team from Rosedale Park Baptist Church in Detroit and Christian Stronghold Church in Philadelphia combined to make one large team. This group of 12 served us well in many capacities. The
team conducted Pastoral/Leadership seminars, choral music training for our high school students and also praise dance lessons for our Class Eight girls. Our staff participated in enrichment seminars. Some members of this team spent special time with their sponsored (or like we call it here, partnered) kids. A good number of men and women in this team has been supporting individual students in both elementary and high school for some time. Some of the children graduated from elementary school to high school and the sponsor continued with their partnered child. Other partnered children have graduated from high school and are now in national universities within the country. We bless the Lord greatly for this partnership in education for our children.
There were 34 national and international delegates that attended the 4th Annual African Leadership Summit–sharing ministries, times of prayer and praises, site visits, and encouraging and challenging messages highlighted the 3-day summit. This year we had 8 women delegates. To have that many women was a first for us. It was also the first time to have West Africa represented. We had a woman from Nigeria and one from Mali. (I never knew that Timbuktu was in Mali). Other countries in attendance were Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Canada and America. We had a small “United Nations” in our midst! Best of all, it was for the Kingdom of God. Pastor Steve Miller from Sandusky, Ohio USA came for a week of Ministry. He came to do the Taylor/Johnson Temperament Assessment Test amongst our Pastors and church leaders. It was a good experience, as many participants had never heard of such a test. We are awaiting the results for our further development.
Also in October, 41 of our High School Seniors took the National Secondary School Exam (KCSE). It is a very vigorous exam that is spread out over a month. Materials covered include all four years of high school education-grades 9-12. Results from this exam will be released in Feb. 2016. The KCSE is similar to the ACT and SAT in the USA. The scores will determine the destiny for higher education for the students.
NOVEMBER: Graduation is the highlight of the month for Pan African Schools at PACE Ministries. This year marked our 6th graduation ceremony. Students from all four schools– nursery, elementary, high school and Bible School participated in the commencement exercise. From Kindergarten, 14 pupils graduated, while there were 23 eight graders, 41 twelfth graders, 10 adults receiving Bible Certificates and 3 earned Bachelor of Theology degrees. In the Primary and High School, 4 graduates were from Rwanda, 2 from South Sudan, and 1 from Malawi. Graduations are not customary in the educational system of Kenya. Yet, here at PACE, and as a private institution, we do this to accentuate the importance of culminating such an educational feat and to allow family and friends to participate in the grand experience. One parent graced the occasion with a cake that fed over 300 people.
Finally and sadly, this year was particularly hard for some of our board members and friends. The fathers of Phillip Sheldon, our board member from Canada and Kenyatta Rush, board member from USA, transitioned to their final reward. Kenyatta’s mother in law also passed on. Just a few weeks ago, Pastor Gregory Alexander, our Chairman and Pastor Phillip Warutere, one of our Caleb Pastors, buried their dads, as well.
The Ngamau’s are moving forward in life and ministry. Wachira & Glenda celebrated 25 years of marriage in September. Our son, Ngamau relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles and has been employed by Amazon. Wangari, our daughter, finished an associate degree in Travel and Tourism this December. Kihika graduated from 8th grade and will begin High School in 2016.
We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and encouragement in 2016.
Serving in Kenya,
Wachira & Glenda Ngamau