Kenya (x 3)
Power Distance Index- a Country Comparison |
- Geert Hofstede studied countries across the world to determine how
both leaders and followers view authority figures in their
- He classified countries as either having a High Power Distance,
or a Low Power Distance.
- In High Power Distance countries, there is a great amount of
distance between followers and leaders in terms of equality,
respect, and degree of authority.
- In Low Power Distance Countries, there is a great belief in all
people having some ground of equality.
- Did you know the USA is a Low Power Distance Country!
- East Africa is almost 2 times greater on the Power Distance
Scale than the USA. So if you take any distance we already think of
between a pastor and the congregation, you must double it to
understand Power Distance in East Africa.
- Costa Rica falls lower than the USA on Low Power Distance!
- Other Latin American countries rank as High Power Distance
- Countries with Arab influence rank really high on the Power
Distance Scale...but India is actually the highest with 'the
influence of Hinduism and the caste system!
- To see comparative studies, look up Geert Hofstede and his Power
Distance Index (PDI) on the Web. It is very interesting.
Thank you to our board members at Equip Disciples for their counsel,
support, and encouragement throughout the years! Joe
Friberg- Pres. and Treasurer; Jennifer Carson- Vice Pres.; Tammie
Friberg- Sec.; and members: Brad Scott; Mark Carson; Cheryl Allovio;
Jeff Caffey; and Phyllis Hardy.|
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- HIV/AIDS booklet has been posted
in English and Swahili
- Theological Discipleship manual in English
has been updated
Please Print Off this
portion of the Newsletter as a prayer guide for our upcoming
conferences in Rwanda, DR Congo, and Kenya in June and July.
Ministry Trips to Rwanda, DR Congo,
Kenya-led by Tammie and Joe Friberg. Training 700+ pastors in
Theological Discipleship, 40 former youth soldier camp, and set up of a
micro-financed internet cafe in Goma, DR Congo.
Team: Tammie and Joe Friberg; Alfred M.;
Jeremie N.; Armstrong C.; James N.; Jacob N.; Edward; Amos L.; Dieudonne
K.; Martin N.; Eli; Charles M.; Kenneth M.
June 11-13 Travel
June 14-16 Rwanda Pastor's Conference -
EVANGELICAL BAPTIST CHURCHES OF RWANDA
June 17-22 DR Congo- Former Child Soldier Youth Camp and
Micro-finance business set up -
BEYOND THE BRIDGE MINISTRIES
June 23 Travel
June 24-26 Nairobi Kenya Pastor's Conference -
June 27 Travel
June 28-30 Kenya Pastor's Advanced Conference -
FELLOWSHIP OF EVANGELICAL
July 1-3 Kenya Pastor's Conference -
ASSOCIATION OF BAPTIST PASTORS
July 4-7 Travel
Possible Ministry Trip July/August to
Malawi - led by Nathan Benke. Crusade and Pastor's Conference. Team:
Nathan, Tonnie, Tim, Elliot.
Future Possibilities: new partnerships in
Kenya, Rwanda, DR Congo and Ghana.
Equip Disciples Ministries: Thank you for your support and on-going prayers for us. We are truly
grateful. This year's trips will be a challenge to us as we are doing five 3
day intensive conferences in a row, in 3 different countries. Pray for
our strength, our voices, our health, our team members, and for the absolute
guidance and wisdom of the Spirit in all things. There is not a day that
passes that we are not aware of the prayers you all offer on our behalf. We
literally feel the undergirding and the incredible work of the Spirit. And
we sense the empowering of the Spirit even as we are writing this
gives us what we need for each day and for each moment. May God bless
you. Pray for God's sovereign guidance, presence, providence,
and protection to surround us as we teach and serve our Lord Jesus.
To Him be all glory, honor, and power.
BikeRunWalk4Bibles Report: We raised $2600 toward Bibles. 48
people participated; 19 Bibles given to Mission Arlington; Winners for
raising the most support: Madelyn Allovio; Samantha Wolfe; Debbie Simmons;
and Gina and Julius Moore. Thank you to Mimi Cheung for donating Chinese
art; Phyllis Hardy for donating soaps, room sprays, candles, and lotions;
and thanks to our t-shirt sponsors: Max Mechanical; David's Barbeque;
Don-Wang Chinese Food.
We will be helping to set up an internet cafe in DR Congo for our partner
ministry there to help train the former youth soldiers who became believers
a couple of years ago in our youth camp. The cafe will be
self-sustaining with a 0% interest loan to pay back. Our partner ministry
there will oversee the business and also use it as a ministry outlet and
supply for local pastors and churches. It is being established on good
business principles for the transformation of society and the growth of
honest business practices and partnerships. The cafe will also provide
printing services, English classes, computer training, and Discipleship
seminars, as well as other services. If you would like to give toward this
endeavor, please see the listing below for items you can give for the cafe. Micro
financed businesses across the world help to strengthen economies and
provide sustainable jobs for areas affected greatly by poverty, war, and
disaster. We are starting this business as a potential model for future
Equip Disciples micro-financed ministry related start-ups.
Possible Mission Trip to Malawi- August. Nathan Benke, who served
with us on 3 of our ministry trips last year, is praying about/planning to
lead a team to Malawi for a crusade and pastor's conference in August
as an extension of Equip Disciples. If you are interested in being on his
team, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you Like Chinese ink paintings of bamboo, panda bears, or birds? As a
sweet service to Equip Disciples, Mimi Cheung has offered prints of her personal
and original Chinese paintings for sale through our ministry. 100% of
proceeds go to our ministry needs. If you want to order her pictures,
contact us (Tammie@equipdisciples.org;
later we'll put a link on the website) Here are some of her pictures for sale:
New Translations of Theological Discipleship in Progress. Lauren and Ben Escoto are working on a
Spanish translation of Theological
Discipleship. This version will be used in the Costa Rica for the
development of a future Cabecar Indian version of the materials. Mimi Cheung is working on Illustrations for an upcoming
of Theological Discipleship.
Understanding Power Distances When Teaching and Preaching the Gospel
See the interesting information on the different Power Distances
in different countries in the side column to the upper left. You can also go
on-line and check it out yourself under Geert Hofstede's Power Distance
This is good information for understanding different cultures take on levels
of authority. These are things we consider when working and teaching
ordained pastors and church leaders.
High Power Distance Countries- belief that power is distributed
unequally. Greater distances between leaders and followers and clergy and
laity. See the numbers beside each country to indicate degree of power
distance and compare with other countries.
|Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United
|Sierra Leone, Ghana
|Thailand, Kenya (in Arab influenced parts
of Kenya, the power distance is greater)
Low Power Distance Countries- belief that there is more equality between
people, teachers and students, clergy and laity.
|Argentina, South Africa
Praise the Lord for His Great and Wonderful Provisions
for this year's Ministry Opportunities.
Our trips are 90% funded! We did not quite reach our goal for Bible
distribution and for our micro-financed business goal for DR Congo. If you
would like to still give toward our trips and ministries, here are some
opportunities and needs. Funds can be sent to us through our board members
even while we are in Africa. Any amount raised over the listed needs
below will go toward the same needs on a future trip.
Donations may be sent to Equip Disciples,
2126 Belmont Park Dr., Arlington, TX 76017. Checks made out to Equip
Disciples. All donations are tax deductible. Or you may donate on-line
at Equip Disciples.org
Micro-finance Project for Former Child Soldiers in DR Congo
To provide self-sustaining support for ex-child soldiers' training and
school fees and daily needs. We have a location and building rented for our
internet cafe. Below is a listing of needed items. This
business will serve as a discipleship training center, and a service to
churches and the community by providing internet access, printing needs, and
various training opportunities.
- $318 Server
- $80 X 6 Monitors
- $200 X 5 Thin Client mini computers
- $200 Binding machine
- $200 office supplies
- $600 Billiard Table
- $400 Mini restaurant supplies
- $60 X 2 tables
- $25 each for chairs
Thank You for your Support!
Equip Disciples is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry.
All donations are tax-deductable.
How Theological Discipleship is Being Used All Over the World
by Nathan Benke and Armstrong Ochieng
There is a great need for good Bible
teaching in the world, especially in the poorer countries. In these
countries the pastors and church leaders hunger for good Bible
teaching and will sit for hours listening to a trainer. They often
have limited or no theological training available.
The lack of good training in these
countries stems from several life situations. First, most of these
leaders do not have the resources to pay for Bible college
training. Second, the church leaders are measured by how many
churches they start. A new convert or someone with little
training may be appointed to pastor a new church plant. Another
problem is the overemphasis of the working of the Spirit by some. I
have a great respect and love for these Christians, but with some
this emphasis leads to unbiblical views on spiritual power, signs,
emotions, prophesies, etc. They may overstress the spirit without
checking it against the Word of God to see if they are on the right
I have personally used Equip Disciples
materials in Costa Rica, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and India to
teach at pastor conferences, youth groups, a Bible college, and a
church service. At each of these places I have watched God use the
systematic style of teaching God's Word to open eyes, build up the
church, and radically change lives. The Equip Disciples manual is
good training material for anyone. It is especially effective in
countries that have little access to quality Bible training.
My name is Armstrong Ochieng, a born again Christian.
Last year I was trained on Theological Discipleship by the Equip
Disciples Ministry and also served as a team member.
I fellowship at the Jubilee Christian Church in Kenya. I
am a youth minister dealing with kids ages 10-14. I decided to
train the youth concerning God's Kingdom for I felt it was imperative to
lay this foundation to make deep their understanding of God's plan for
It was during this thought process that I saw
that the Equip Disciples training manual would come in handy. I
love how it uses simple pictorial messages and very relevant Bible
references to bring out the whole issue of God and His plan for us
As I started teaching the kids, I discovered the
idea was very much timely. I mean, the kids loved how the topics
call for their participation either in drawing the illustrations or
constant reading of the Bible references. I could see them smiling
when they saw the pictures of the demons and evil spirits. The training
manual has been designed in a unique way as there is a flow of events
and lessons. It has helped my kids at church get a clear understanding
of why things are the way they are.
I have just done the
first two lessons as the topics allows the children to think critically
and this has generated a lot of curiosity on them. Questions have always
come in the midst of the lessons, sparking discussion. There is a
hunger for knowledge on God's Kingdom among the children and so I am
looking forward to more enjoyable lessons ahead. Especially we now
are going to learn about how God communicates with people from Lesson 3.
God bless you.
"And who knows but that you have come to royal position for
such a time as this?"
(Esther 4:14c, Mordecai to Esther - HCSB)
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