The above couple, Tabitha and David are going through pre-marital counseling in the counselors office. The following topics were discussed;
i) Communication: Meaning of communication was discussed, the 5 levels of communication. It was very interesting to hear how their communication has been as they have continued with their courtship and areas they have had conflicts in communication.
3.0 THE STORY FOR THE WEEK.
I thank God for opening doors for me to serve for GOA organization, I have come to learn that GOA is a place where everybody is somebody and Jesus is Lord, If you want to be shaped and grow where you are called to serve just make a commitment of serving in the ministry. Goa has a great commission of making Christians disciples of all nations, since my start of working for GOA I Have come to familiarize my self with Goa organizations, among them were various department of the ministry.
During my time of orientation I received good mentorship from Rev Joyce who is my superviser under the department of conflict resolution, I am so glad to be given responsibility of peer counseling conflict resolution among tribes. I thank God for fulfilling my long time passion of counseling especially the peers. In addition to that I would like to register my appreciation to Rev Joyce who equipped me on various skills e.g. peer counseling, inserting and renaming of photos in a report. Among the responsibility to be undertaken includes;
I had good opportunity of visiting various GOA Naivasha homes to familiarize my self with the homes which includes beat the drum, strongtower, Tumaini and Rhema. My visitation was not in vain because I had to learn the great need of peer counseling. During the visit I was able to accomplish the following;
1. MEETING WITH THE JUNIOR YOUTH IN BEAT THE DRUM.
Among the needs the children raised were:
One to one guiding and counseling
I had to meet with Susan and Erick purposely to counsel them on their needs. Susan opened and said she is not happy sometimes and she is undergoing trauma of losing her mother in the year 2012 and her only brother in 2011. I encouraged her using the word of God which gives direction. Susan was reminded to thank God for what He had done for her and not to allow Satan to make her forget what God had done for her. Moreover, Susan was reminded that Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus comes to give life. Susan was very happy to learn that Jesus loves and cares for her and she smiled again and declared that I have to thank God for His doing. I prayed for her and her testimony will be heard soon.
On the other hand I had good time with Erick who is a slow learner. Despite his weaknesses, he said that he wanted to be a policeman in future. I prayed for him believing that God would increase his level of concentration.
2. At Rhema, I talked to the young juniors on the following subjects:
The children were highly disciplined and showed greater participation. We had a good prayer and word sharing session for 2 days.
4. In Strong tower, I talked to them about measures to be taken for one to succeed in life, this are:
The children gave several areas that the need to be taught:
I interviewed 2 girls, Catherine (16) and Wahu (15). Catherine said “my life has changed since I joined strong tower. I used to stay up to three days without food but currently I have a meal daily and I thank God for that. Before I used to be chased away from school due to lack of fees but since GOA came in I have never been sent home which allows me to concentrate on my studies.”
Wahu testified that before she didn’t have school uniform but since she joined strong tower she has never lacked uniform. I thank God for opening a way for me to be at strong tower.
The 3 boys whom I met were Matthew, Moses and Abiud Wekesa. I met with them to take their profiles and to do peer counseling. From my talk with them I realized Christ transforms lives of people.
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
During my visitation I came to learn great need for peer counseling in home not only two days but organizing one week forum to counsel the school children for different homes. Not only homes but also the churches need counseling session. The finding reveals that the children in homes come from different background and they differ in many ways and have gone through different life stressing situations. Some are orphaned and others don’t know their parents. Others were abandoned while young, others come from desperate homes and others have suffered abuses of different kinds. Therefore there is great need of helping children to overcome them.
I kindly request your prayers for Gods opening doors to be equipped on Bible and counseling skills that will help me carry my work effectively and efficiently. I am a diploma holder in community Development and would love to join university to be educated; I come from a place where illiteracy is 80% that is the land of Marsabit where no one wants to live due to harshness of environment and high level of insecurity.
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Conflict is normal. We may not like it, but its part of life, and that's not going to change. Conflict isn't necessarily something to be avoided. In fact, it can prove highly productive. Conflict signals the presence of diverse points of view, which in struggle or reconciliation can spark creativity, nourish growth, jump-start productivity, and strengthen relationships. A life without conflict is probably less peaceful than bland.
Most of us experience abundant opportunities for conflict. From the breakfast table to the bedroom, in the Church e.t.c .a hundred little things each day can lead to discord—and for a variety of reasons, most of which are natural and unavoidable.
Conflict Resolution Ministries at GOA
May I belatedly bring you my New Year greetings.
On the Global scene, 2012 was the year when shocking economic and
business news seemed to lose its power to shock. Kenya withstood
another difficult year in 2012 as policy tightening and weaker global
demands slowed economic activity. With decisive fiscal and monetary
policies, the government managed to restore confidence in Kenya. The
year 2012 in Kenya was almost a mirror image of 2011. In 2011 the
economy started out strongly, but by mid-year, high fuel and food
prices led to a rapid rise in inflation, a weekend exchange rate and
ultimately a radical increase in interest rates towards the end of the
The implication of these economic and business trend on GOA ministries
was that we had to not only make tough stewardship decisions in 2012
but also daily prayed for God’s Grace to complete the year. With
decisive ministry policies under the governance of an extremely well
educated and experienced GOA board of directors and a dedicated team
of staff at GOA head office in Nairobi we managed to restore
confidence in all stakeholders and continued to change lives and
As we head into 2013, Kenya is expected to stimulate growth by
loosening monetary policy. The Central bank of Kenya has lowered the
Central Bank rate (CBR) over the last several months to encourage
investment and economic growth. As a result, the second have begun
the year by seeing economic activity increase without inflationary
pressure. The Central Bank of Kenya is expected to continue these
policies in the first quarter of 2013 with investors expected to delay
major projects while waiting for the outcome of the elections.
GOA’s theme for 2013 “To proclaim the year of the Lord’s
favour”-Jubilee Luke 4:19. In the last three weeks I have been
blessed with opportunities training senior ministry leaders in
Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda with the eight core values of ILI/HM. I
can boldly proclaim that GOA is out to experience great favour from
God in 2013. This is the year that Kenya will celebrate her Golden
Jubilee-50 yrs since independence. It is also the year that GOA’s
Executive Director is celebrating his Golden Jubilee-50th birthday.
I’m double excited. To be a Kenyan who is celebrating Jubilee
together with his nation.
The World Bank in their December 2012 Kenya Economic update dubbed
“Kenya at work-Energizing the economy and creating jobs” highlighted:
Kenya withstood another difficult year in 2012 as policy tightening
and weaker global demand slowed economic activity. With decisive
fiscal and monetary policies, the government managed to restore
confidence in Kenya’s medium term prospects. 2013 promises to be a
better year. Yet hard realities remain –Kenya’s growth rate is still
below its potential and its peers, external balances remain which
threaten its future growth, and the pace of economic growth is not
generating enough modern sector wage Jobs. With the passage of the
new constitution in 2010 and its implementation, stronger institutions
are emerging, putting Kenya on a sound footing ready to take off. In
the very short term, what remains to be done is for Kenya to deliver a
credible and peaceful election in March 2013, and thereafter a smooth
transfer of power. In the medium term, Kenya will need to start
building a stronger foundation for growth, and undertake structural
reforms to correct the external imbalances. To generate more jobs for
the burgeoning educated population, Kenya will also need to reduce the
transaction cost for firms, by reducing job-smothering corruption and
the cost of doing business (particularly in transport and energy).
In the first half, we expect the Government to keep its focus on
controlled liquidity as it seeks to keep the cost of living at
manageable levels. We expect less easing of the monetary policy with
politics dimming the outlook with political pressure expected to
increase as the country gears up for the general elections. We expect
the outcome of the elections to have a major impact on the economy.
Following the elections, we expect the Central Bank of Kenya to head
back to the low interest rate stance as it seeks to propel
post-election economic growth in the coming years in line with the
vision 2030 objectives. With the Central Bank of Kenya expected to
ease monetary policy, we expect the stock market to stay on a recovery
path. The bond market is expected to see improved activity with
concentration expected to shift to the long end.
This is the time to invest in Kenya. GOA is looking for investors who
are interested in not only reaping good business returns but also
kingdom value through change lives in our four vision areas of Church
Growth, compassion, conflict Resolution and leadership Development.
The focus of the GOA board of directors is to move GOA towards a
sustainable future. With this goal in mind, GOA’s next 5 year
strategic plan has business ideas on investments that may initially
require high capital investment but eventually lead GOA towards
sustainability. We invite you to partner with GOA in 2013.
With you in this year of our Lord’s favour
Bishop David Thagana