October 2018 Newsletter
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Dear Friends,

FTC’s commencement took place on October 18, 2018, on the FTC Kaimosi grounds. A total of 71 students graduated: 8 with diplomas in Theology and 63 with certificates in Pastoral Ministry. Some of these students are continuing their studies towards a diploma.  We are very proud of all our students!  All yearly meetings were represented at the 76th graduation. This included  Tanzania and Uganda YMs. John Muhanji, as well as Katrina and Shawn McConaughey, represented FUM.   Our guest speaker was Dr. Patrick Saisi, Deputy Governor of Vihiga County. He is also a Quaker and native of Kaimosi community.  He worships at Cheptulu Friends Church of

EAYM-Kaimosi.  In his speech, he encouraged all yearly meetings to send their pastors for training. He emphasized the point that the 21st century evangelical churches require trained personnel. He praised the early missionaries for planting the Friends church here in Kaimosi that spread elsewhere in East Africa.

In my address I briefly walked the gathering though some of the journey FTC has walked in the past 4 years during my time in the office as Principal:
a. I have worked hard to reduce the gap between FTC and yearly meetings. There is now a sense of ownership of FTC among Kenyan yearly meetings.
b. We have launched 3 more satellite campuses – Nairobi, Lugari, and Kitale in addition to Lugulu. This has contributed immensely in higher numbers of enrollment from 93 students (2014) to now 220 students in all programs.
c. We have launched a solar power system with the help of Jim Hoeksema and donations from Friends. FTC is now more than 95% tapped on solar as a source of energy. Kenya Power and Lighting is only but an alternative source.
Staff news:  We are pleased to announce that we have hired Rodgers Wekesi to take over as new Academic Dean. Rodgers is an alumnus of FTC. He got his master of theology degree from St. Paul’s University and is now a Doctoral candidate (in Religious studies) at Masinde Muliro University. 
The college has also hired two additional staff:  a caterer and a cook. Both are trained in food service.

Challenges: as the numbers in student enrollment soar, we are faced with a few challenges. One major challenge is accommodation. Sleeping space is running out as more and more East African Quakers yearn to train for ministry. The board and the FTC administration are discussing renovating the men’s dormitory that was condemned some three years ago. We are in talks with a qualified architect who successfully renovated a house in a similar state at Kaimosi Friends Hospital. After renovations, the county government of Vihiga’s physical Planning and Housing was called in and approved the structure. If completely renovated, this (2002) dormitory can accommodate more than 80 students. 

Thank you, Friends, for carrying my ministry with FTC in your prayers and with your support.  It is our prayer that as African Friends we will grow in our financial self-sufficiency but in the meantime, I request that you will continue supporting my ministry as we work to equip the leaders, pastors, and chaplains in our sphere of influence. 

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FTC Heros recognized:  Mum Neddy Wafula, Mother-in-law Salome Munchwe, and Selina Waliaula.  Guest speaker honors them with certificates. 
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Graduation Processional
Guest Speaker, Dr. Patrick Saisi
Sights from the big day including John Muhanji (FUM) commissioning the graduates
Photo Credits: Alfred Wasike and Shawn McConaughey
Praise and Prayer
Praise: as Kenya celebrated National Heroes Day this month, we praise God for providing good health to my mom, Neddy Wafula and Nancy’s mom, Selina Waliaula and my sister Leah’s mother-in-law (Leah graduating), Salome Munjwe to come and join us in commencement festivities. They were honored with certificates of merit for producing and mentoring their children into ministry (pictured above). Do you have a spiritual hero you need to honor or thank?

I want to thank God for my safe travel to Nigeria where I attended the ACTEA Council meeting from October 25-27.  More about this meeting will be featured in my November newsletter.  We also thank God for Ken Saina, John Muhanji and Catherine Gunza (FUM-AMO staff) along with some Friends from Indiana for their safe travel to Tanzania to facilitate a pastors workshop the same weekend.

Immediately after commencement, students, staff and faculty took off for a one week recess until Monday, October 29, 2018, when they resumed classes and normal services.  We thank God that everyone has returned well refreshed and ready to complete our term.

Prayer Request: Please be in prayer for David Wolfe, a Friend from Waynesboro, Virginia.  He is coming to teach the Pastoral Care and Counseling course during this Nov/Dec module which begins November 12 and ends December 21.  He arrives in the country on November 22. His class is scheduled to begin on November 23 with 19 Bachelor of Theology degree students. 
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