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Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chemengich, is the new ACTEA's Executive Director
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Posted 24th May 2014.


Dr. Emmanuel Chemengich-The newly appointed ACTEA Executive Director. 

In early 2013 the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA) Executive Committee engaged in a process of searching for a new full-time Executive Director and establishing a permanent ACTEA office. This process culminated in November 2013 with the appointment of Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chemengich, who until his appointment served as Principal of Africa Theological Seminary in Kitale, Kenya. Together with Emmanuel, Mrs. Florence Kagwamba has also been hired as the new ACTEA Executive Assistant. ACTEA also hopes to hire additional staff in the future.  Although financial support for staffing mainly depends on annual fees, two donors have supported ACTEA in subsidizing salaries. The two new full-time ACTEA staff bring with them passion and experience that are expected to revitalize ACTEA operations towards achievement of its mission "to promote quality evangelical theological education in Africa, by providing supporting services, facilitating academic recognition, and fostering continental and inter-continental cooperation."

From November 2013 through January 2014, ACTEA's outgoing Director, Rev. Joe Simfukwe, has been coordinating handover and orientation activities for the incoming Director and staff.  These activities have involved setting up the new, permanent ACTEA offices at the AEA (Association of Evangelicals in Africa) premises in Nairobi, Kenya.  As its parent organization, AEA will provide necessary strategic working relationship with ACTEA and all its member organizations across the continent. You can reach the ACTEA office through the following address: AEA Building, Valley Road; P. O. Box 49332-00100, Nairobi, Kenya.

As part of this transition, Joe and Emmanuel made institutional visits to two Schools in Western Kenya: Friends Theological College (FTC) in Kaimosi, and Kima International School of Theology (KIST) in Kima, in January, 2014.  Further such familiarization visits are planned to Zambian institutions in March and the rest throughout 2014. Dr. Rich Stuebing (ACTEA Deputy Director) is working with the ACTEA chair, Dr. Desta Heliso, new staff and ExCo to establish job descriptions and division of labour for the longer term.

In November 2013, ACTEA Council approved restructuring of organizational governance and management structures to streamline ACTEA operations. At the governance level, Council set up a new organ, Advisory Board; expanded membership of the Executive Council to include all the four African regions: Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone, and Ethiopia; and committed to establish new policy procedures to govern Advisory Board, Executive Council, and Council organs. At the management level, it was approved that the Executive Director will be assisted by Accrediting and Networking officers, in addition to an Executive Assistant and part-time Accountant. 

Finally, ACTEA Executive Council and Council committed to engage in the following: revise the Constitution to reflect newly approved organizational changes, digitalize all office records, develop a new operational manual, develop a strategic plan, improve ACTEA publicity, and establish new and revitalize old strategic partnerships.

Please note that the acronym ACTEA now stands for "Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa". This change from its former name (Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa) reflects the broader functions of ACTEA, which go beyond accreditation services to provide a platform for networking and collaborations among its member institutions, towards achievement of quality and renewal in theological education. This is also in line with other ICETE sister organizations which use "Association" for the same reason.

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Monthly Spiritual Nourishment
By Rev. Dr. Diphus C. Chemorion
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FEBRUARY 2013:

OUR GOD IS AWARE, ABLE, AND AVAILABLE

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength (Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV)

Choostōōs : āybēēr kut kumisto, ānkubēkunēē :nkur murēn.

Nteenee, choo ikoosee keey Yēyiintēēt, kutāsyinē keey :nkuruukwaa

(Isaaya 40:30-31 SAB).

The hard times have come to haunt Kenyans yet again. For some unknown reasons, the Kenyan currency has plummeted to levels never imagined before. The fall of the shilling has led to untold suffering among the masses. On the streets of Nairobi, you meet people whose faces clearly communicate a message of hopelessness. On the pathways of Kapsokwony town, you hear narratives of despair. The longing of the old good days is evident in the lips of everyone in Cheptais. All confess that life today is simply difficult. Basic necessities such as sugar, unga, soap,  electricity and fuel and sources of energy are currently not easy to access. 

This inflation has not spared devout Christians. They too are suffering.  Though they pray both in church and at home they don’t seem to get answers. Like prophet Habakkuk, they have concrete questions for God. They ask; “how long, o Lord, must we call for help but you do not answer?” (Habakkuk 1:1). Like the wife of Job (Job 2:27), some are even tempted to give up hope in God. Unable to make ends meet they conclude that their ways are hidden from God and that he has disregarded them.

Friends, in hopelessness such as this, it is very easy for the devil to generate falsehoods about God. For example, he might suggest to you that God is not aware of our circumstances, or that God does not care, or that God is impotent. Remember, the children of Israel had such thoughts during the hopelessness occasioned by the Babylonian captivity. However, in Isaiah 40:27-31 God reminded them that he is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He told them that he does not grow tired or weary. He informed them that those who hope in him would be empowered: “they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Yes, life is difficult for us and hopelessness abounds.  We cannot afford many niceties. However, we cannot also afford to lose faith in our God. He is aware of our plight and he is able to deal with the circumstances around us. He is always available for us. Besides, he invites anyone who has no money to buy and eat at no cost (Isaiah 55:1-2). Let us emulate the faith of Habakkuk who testified saying, “though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no fruit, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, I will be joyful in God my saviour” (Habakkuk 3:18).

Amen. By Rev. Dr. DC Chemorion. February 1st  2013.
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JANUARY 2013:

BEYOND NOMINAL CHRISTIANITY

 Let us go forward, then, to mature teaching and leave behind us the first lessons of the Christian message…Hebrews 6:1a GNB

Okany keetas taay nanyuun kēēkich ānkēēsātyi komos kāānēētēywēēkaab taayta chēbo lōkōōywēkaab Kiriistō…Iburaneek 6:1a

 Every follower of Jesus Christ must be born again spiritually. In his conversation with Nicodemus Jesus stated; “…no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again” (John 3:6). For most Christians in Kenya, to be born again is to be baptized in the name of God the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit. Many people have Christian names, which indicate that they have been baptized. But that is all they have to show for their Christianity: a baptismal name!

The Epistle to the Hebrews (6:1-8) tells us that Christians must grow spiritually. Catechism instruction and baptismal rites are the basics in Christian faith but Christians must move on to the next level (Heb 6:1-2). Christians who do not make progress in their faith may backslide and become unrepentant persecutors of Christ (Heb 6:3-6). Spiritually growing Christians are like a productive farm. God blesses it because of its productivity. However, those who stagnate are like a sterile farm. It is condemned because of sterility (Heb 6:7-8).

Friends, many of us confess to be Christians but it is not enough to be nominal Christians. We must grow spiritually in order for us to inherit the kingdom of God. We should not be nominal Christians who are only known by baptismal names. To be truly born again is more than being baptized. It is to be completely transformed. It demands that we walk in the ways of God and delight in his words (Psa 1:1-3). It is to be conscious of what we think, what we say and what we do (Prov 4:23-27). Above all, we must publicly testify  that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from death (Mat 10: 32-33, Rom 10:9-10).

Do you have a baptismal name and not born again? Are you a nominal Christian? Kindly add value to your name by surrendering to Jesus.

Amen. Rev. Dr. DC Chemorion. January 1st, 2013.
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