There are different phases of ministry. Missionary pioneers begin with the Planting phase: proclaiming the gospel, making disciples, and planting new churches. In the late 1970s, CMF was kicked out of Ethiopia by the new communist dictatorship. Some of the CMF-Ethiopia team came to Kenya, starting pioneering church planting work among the unreached Maasai and Turkana. When we affiliated with CMF in 2003, the ministry had reached the Parenting phase. As a result of CMF’s work, today there are strong churches in both Kenya and Ethiopia.
Moreover, our team is blessed to have entered the Partnering phase of ministry with the Community Christian Churches of Kenya. At the end of 2015, there were 201 congregations. As of this writing (April 2016), there are at least three new church plants for a total of 204.
Check out this short and exciting video, in which our teammate Joe Cluff explains what’s going on: