The Word Shared

The Word shared by Jacob Kimathi is bringing families together in Nairobi. Jacob first told his story to Overseas Council, one of College Church's missions partners.

I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home. I spent most of my high school years heavily involved in ministry and loved every minute. One day at my mentor’s house, I heard a clear and distinct voice asking me to serve the Lord in the ministry. I was 17 years old, but it wasn’t until I was 31 that I quit my job and went to Bible school. After my schooling, I became a full-time pastor in my local church.

Three years ago, I felt called to continue my studies. I applied to AIU’s PhD program and was accepted. I have appreciated my professors and the applicable knowledge I am acquiring.

Africa International University (AIU) is a private Christian institution. The university is located on 53 acres of land in Karen, a suburb on the outskirts of Nairobi. AIU was founded in 1983 and was formerly known as Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST).

In addition to teaching part-time at AIU, I work to develop discipleship materials and programs for churches in my area. I also do a lot of pastoral counseling.

Recently, I counseled a young couple who had been married for six years. Many bad decisions were working to destroy their marriage. I worked with them for a long time, and praise be to God, they have reconciled! In fact, they are referring other couples who are struggling in their marriages. My work is not always easy, but it has been greatly rewarding!

The calling of God on our lives is an individual as each one of us. Jacob's faithful service and diligent studies touch lives and change hearts--thanks be to God. Sometimes it's easier to see God's hand in the lives of people. How is God using you to help other people? Consider that question this Labor Day weekend. Look for God's hand at work. Sometimes we see it clearly, other times it's harder. But it's always there. He is always there.