Training Pastors in Tanzania

Lissa Diaz

Kent Eby, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mission Kent Eby ’94, Ph.D., traveled to Tanzania, Africa, to minister alongside pastors of the Maasai Tribe this summer. The trip was organized through Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church, where Eby attends, and included pastor and alumnus Matt Maloney ’99, who has been working with the Massai for the past decade. This trip – Eby’s third – was focused specifically on discipleship and multiplication.

“The Maasai are a reached tribe, but education has been slow,” Eby says.

However, he’s been encouraged at the growth in the pastor’s training conference over the past three years. While in the first year, they had only 15 pastors, the second year they had 50. This year, they had 150 pastors and 800 people total who attended the conference.

Eby plans to return with Maloney next year where Maasai pastors will co-teach at the conference. And while his position as a college professor gives him credibility as a teacher to the Maasai, his experiences with the Maasai give him credibility in the Bethel classroom.

“All of these experiences bring richness to the classroom,” Eby says. “If my students see me doing it, they know it’s possible for them as well. And hopefully, they’ll catch the vision and passion [for missions] as well.”

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