This is an account of how God’s vision was imparted on Sam Kirui’s heart and how it grew (and continues to grow) and gave birth to Barnabas Leadership Ministries (B.L.M.)
While reading through the book of Acts and coaching leaders in Africa, God revealed the name, Barnabas, for a leadership ministry He wanted me to start. Actually Barnabas means “son of encouragement”, and was a nickname given to Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus (cf. Acts 4:36).The spiritual gift of encouragement distinguished the way this good, Spirit-filled, faithful man lived out his life.
In the first quarter of 2003, the Lord confirmed His purpose for my life. This took place as I attended Renewing and Refocusing African Church Leaders’ retreat at Brackenhurst Conference Centerin Limuru, Kenya. I came to discover during this retreat that the reason for my existence is to encourage and equip servant leaders who will in turn disciple other leaders. Prior to the conference, the Lord had given me a promise that He would put me in a wide and spacious place. Two years later, my ministry opportunities had greatly multiplied, touching leaders from Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
It was while I was in Zimbabwe in July, 2005, teaching at a conference for pastoral leaders with a team of friends from Oklahoma City, that the Lord strongly impressed upon my heart to start Barnabas Leadership Ministries. I therefore made careful note of the name, the objectives, and what this ministry would do in future as I could see through the eyes of faith.
During my time in Zimbabwe, I had no idea that in a year I would have a ministry development meeting that would eventually lead to the launching of this ministry. Four months after being in Zimbabwe, I left Kenya for the United States of America to visit Heritage Baptist Church, located in Oklahoma City. They wanted to hear firsthand what the Lord was doing in Africa.
I am very excited to share with you that once I got to Oklahoma City, the vision of setting up Barnabas Leadership Ministries unfolded. In fact BLM was launched with the laying on of hands, accompanied with the prayer of dedication, on Thursday, 20 July 2006 in Oklahoma City.
On March 6, 2008, Barnabas Leadership Ministries was incorporated in the State of Oklahoma. Then on December 31, 2008, we applied for the tax-exempt status as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and 56 days later (February 25, 2009), it was granted to us.
I am convinced that the Lord has allowed this ministry to be registered at this time for a two- fold purpose: First, to encourage pastors, children (leaders-in-the making), and lay leaders to serve with integrity of heart and life, and, two, to equip them to operate and organize healthy ministries inside and outside of their spheres of influence.
We hope to fulfill our ministry by giving a helping hand to the aforementioned leaders through words of encouragement, one-on-one coaching, leadership seminars, and receiving and giving them ministry tools. I would appreciate your prayers and support in helping this ministry reach Africa and the world.
The Kirui Kronicle (KK) newsletter is “a periodic account of God’s faithfulness to lead, provide, teach, and abide with His people.” KK is an attempt to capture on paper what God has done (and continues to do) in and through Sam’s life and ministry, and hence it is a retracing of his journey of faith and the effecting of the BLM vision. In KK, therefore, you will read of some tangible ways in which the Lord has faithfully led and provided for His servant. Indeed, I have been a recipient of many answers to the prayers of my friends and family, and I have no doubt that God has ordered my steps.
I’m now in the States pursuing His calling upon my life. I believe I am here for a four-fold purpose:
- To represent my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ or, if you will, to serve as “a missionary from Africa to the United States.”
- To pursue further studies in leadership and thus be adequately prepared for a lifetime of service as the Lord leads.
- To build long term relationships and a strategic network for BLM global ministry
- To be a blessing to the Body of Christ through preaching, teaching, and motivating the church to be on mission with Christ both at home and abroad.
I would appreciate your prayers and support in helping this ministry reach Africa and the world.
1. Visit our main website to discover Ways You Can Help us.
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