Pray for Langham Scholar in new post serving African theological institutions

5 November 2019 |

Langham Scholar, David Tarus, faces many challenges in his new role serving God in Kenya.

Located on the east coast of Africa, the Republic of Kenya has a population of over 49 million. Although 83% of Kenyans are Christians (48% Protestant and 24% Catholic), there is an ongoing need for robust theological education and leadership to counteract the false teaching that creeps in through the merging of varied religious teaching and cultural influences.

Despite the country’s relatively stable government and competitive economy, 18% of Kenyans live in dire poverty.  The capital Nairobi may be a commercial and cultural centre, with its own national park, but it is also home to Africa’s largest urban slum.

Christian peace building

David Tarus completed his PhD in Theology at McMaster University in Canada, focusing on Christian peace building in Kenya. His dissertation presented an African reformed theology of ethnic cohesion for Kenya, where 1,300 died and another 600,000 were displaced in the violent aftermath of the Dec. 2007 elections.

David Tarus, former Scholar and now Executive Director of ACTEA

David was supported through his studies as a beneficiary of the Langham Scholars scheme, and has work published under the Langham Monographs imprint (A Different Way of Being: Toward a Reformed Theology of Ethnopolitical Cohesion for the Kenyan Context).

David co-edited, along with Gordon Heath, Chair of World Christianity at McMaster University, Christian Responses to Terrorism: The Kenyan Experience (2017). 17 Christian theologians, pastors, historians, ethicists, and Islam scholars contemplate varied Kenyan Christian responses to terrorism and al-Shabaab, from military action and peace building to interreligious dialogue and poverty alleviation.

New in office with a lot to learn

Currently, David serves as Executive Director of the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA). This is a continent-wide organisation that serves theological institutions through accreditation, networking, and support services. David has just returned from an extensive trip to Nigeria. This was his first visit to that part of the continent, where he visited five institutions for accreditation assessments, and two new schools. 

You can read about David’s appointment here

Please pray:

  • For David as he serves the ACTEA. He is still new in office and feels there is a lot to learn.
  • Pray for David’s family, wife Jeane and two children: Berur (7 years) and Tala (almost 2) as they relocate to Nairobi, where the ACTEA office is located. Pray for them as they seek to find a suitable house and school for their children.
  • For the ACTEA, that it will fulfil its mission and vision of offering accreditation, support, and networking services to institutions in Africa.
  • The ACTEA is in the process of raising funds for its office in downtown Nairobi. They are behind schedule on the payment but trusting God for His provision and vision for future sustainability. Pray for council members as they have a lot to deliberate and need to make important decisions.
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