Published August 2, 2007
KENYA, Africa (BP) — Hours from any city, traveling on roads he could only describe as “horrible,” Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page recently saw first-hand how Southern Baptist representatives are partnering to provide clean drinking water to a highly remote, nomadic people in northern Kenya.
“It was great to see the hands-on ministry and the relationships that are developing out of that,” Page said, noting the acceptance and trust the efforts have built in the area for Southern Baptist representatives. “They are a people in need of the Lord and the gospel, and meeting human needs is a great entree for that.”
Now two International Mission Board regions – the West Africa region and the Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa (CESA) region – are working together to mobilize millennium (20-something) Southern Baptists to address spiritual and physical needs across the continent of Africa. Still in the development stages, the program is set to be unveiled at LifeWay’s Glorieta (N.M.) and Ridgecrest (N.C.) Conference Centers this summer, with the first wave of students reaching Africa in January. Page commended the effort, pointing to the critical need to involve more young people in ministry both in the U.S. and internationally.
Page, who visited Kenya in mid-July, drew a parallel between work being done in Kenya among nomads and the millennium generation’s desire to meet both physical and spiritual needs.
“They want to minister to the whole person,” he said. “Well, if you talk about offering a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name – that’s exactly what they are doing here.”
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