Neil and Jennifer Lawrence ~ KenyaTeaching Ministry
Neil’s primary ministry is to teach at Discipleship University, a 17-acre campus located in Eldoret, Kenya. In January 1999 the Lord opened the way for the C.E. program of Kenya to offer a Bachelor Degree in Christian Ministries as an extension of Lee University (USA). As of July 2005, 27 students have graduated, the regular campus student body has grown to 60 full-time students, and 100+ students are taking courses by extension. Though most are Kenyan, ministers from other African countries where the Church of God is located are attending (Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana). The opportunity to spend quality time helping form the students’ “theological/ministry world-view” is Neil’s greatest joy and definitely the focus of his calling.
In addition to teaching, the Lawrence’s are involved in Evangelism and Worship. They started singing songs in Swahili during District Seminars and began leading worship in English and Swahili in church while they lived in Nairobi. Developing into a ministry team called Eagle’s Wings Gospel Team in 1999, this ministry works with a local Church of God congregation. Students and graduates of Discipleship University are involved in traveling all over Kenya holding morning Seminars, afternoon Crusades, and evening Christian films. To date, 100+ Seminar/Crusades (each 3 to 7 days long) have been held in market places, town centers, road-side centers, slums, and villages; in other words, “where the people are.”
Ministering with Eagles’ Wings Gospel Team has produced much fruit. First, it provides a great opportunity for discipleship as the team is given opportunity to preach, interpret, lead worship, handle equipment, and travel. They gain experience ministering to crowds of people in a wide variety of locations, tribal areas, and conditions. Second, the local church hosting the meeting is “boosted.” Over the years, thousands of people have been saved and hundreds have joined a local Church of God.
To find out more, visit: Church of God World Missions