Use the existing annual Kenyan Women’s Conference as a catalyst for ministry expansion and new collaborations.
Grow awareness, interest, and participation in the ministry by attracting non-churched women for Biblical training.
Address the financial needs of the ministry in which the congregation was made up of more widows and destitute women than wage-earners.
Scale across regions and countries to inspire collaborative partnerships.
Find a way to financially support established and emerging women’s businesses.
Expand the Annual Kenyan Women’s Conference to be an Annual International Women’s Conference.
Provide multiple training opportunities in multiple geographical locations for three main groups: Christian women and God-seekers, pastors and ministry leaders, and business women.
Teach basic to mid-level concepts during each general session plus provide a separate leadership conference for pastors and advanced-level attendees.
Host a business women’s conference as a satellite option for conference attendees who had traveled from other nations.
Establish a micro-fund, to be administered by Inter Gospel Equipping Ministry (IGEM), to help launch and grow women’s businesses.
Designed and delivered over two dozen individual programs in 12 days, navigating multiple locations, cultures, languages (through translators), and audience experience and education levels.
Attracted and hosted ministry leaders and attendees from the five countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
Exceeded event targets by igniting excitement among attendees. (e.g. - The first day goal was for 90; it started with 175 attendees. Women used cell phones to invite more and more ladies until, by the end of that three-day conference there were over 400 in attendance.)
Provided a one-day, invitation-only, advanced training program in Kitale to over 100 pastors/leaders.
Facilitated local collaboration between leaders from all five represented nations, the local government, plus dozens of ministry leaders from within Kenya.
Engaged in countless conversations with additional potential collaborators.
Added credibility to collaborations by serving as connector--introducing ministry leaders to one another.
Delivered both on-time and extended programs as needed, based on expressed and intuited needs.
Trained Kenyan leadership how to run a micro-fund.
Delivered two, two-day business women’s seminars, one in Kitale, the other in Nairobi.
Trained business-minded women how to ideate and formulate a feasible business plan and how to create a professional micro-fund business proposal. A total of over 400 proposals were submitted within 60 days post-event.
Pre-campaign, helped to raise money for a micro-fund, enough to launch 28 businesses. Two years the micro-fund and ministry continue to grow.
Commitment for in-and-out involvement: Train and equip local leaders and followers to train others, and then leave without the need for substantial additional involvement.
Invest extra time and training into the top leaders to insure they can move the training and newly launched programs forward upon our departure.
Engage a diverse speaking team to ensure that stakeholder training objectives were met.
Leave behind audio, video and print training aids to ensure
implementation of new skill sets,
review of the original content in context, and
ability to share content with more audiences.
Strategize with country leaders, pray, plan and release.
Follow-up with online and phone meetings as needed.
Bishop Samuel Wafula, Gospel Outreach Evangelistic Mission, Kitale, Kenya
Bishop Michael Wafula, Inter Gospel Equipping Ministry, Kenya
Maxmilla Simiyu, Country Coordinator of Women’s Ministries, Kenya