Streams in the Desert

13 June 2014 |

Streams in the Desert

Scholar Spotlight: George Mutuku

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The dry and dusty landscape of eastern Kenya is home to many churches. So many, in fact, that you might think that the Word of God is flourishing in the area. But, according to George Mutuku, you’d be wrong.

“If you were to come and visit our village, you’d think we are a godly people,” says George. “But, it’s deceptive. You walk a few kilometers and you find a church, and almost every Sunday people are going to church, so you get the idea that here are people who truly love God. But when you look deeper into their practices, you realize we are very far from God.”

Part of the problem, he notes, is that many people who live in the area can’t read. And while they are attending church, they are depending on their pastors to share God’s Word with them. Often, these pastors lack biblical training.

“What people know from the Bible is what they hear,” says George. “They can’t read it for themselves. Whatever the pastor says, they take it.”

That’s why today, with Langham support, this villager from eastern Kenya is working to reverse this trend by studying biblical theology and sharing God’s word with others in his community.

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George is a biblical scholar with an unlikely background: raised in a polygamous family with few opportunities to attend church, and taught at a young age that if you can’t find success elsewhere in life, you can become a pastor. It was while he was attending school that he first felt God tugging at his heart—and eventually he placed his faith in Christ and fed his hunger to know God better by seeking biblical training.

After he completes his Ph.D., George plans to go on staff at a Bible college, where he will be working to equip future pastors and teachers to study, understand and then teach Scripture.

“My desire is to see an African church that is rooted in God’s Word, and I desire to see a change in the way people view pastors,” George says. “Even today people are surprised to see young people like myself and others who have gone to theological training institutions to be trained and come back as pastors. This is the work of God. We are serving the living God.”

It is your heart and generosity toward the global church that helps sustain George’s studies, and the studies of almost 60 other future theological leaders, equipping them to bring the hope of Christ into the dry places in the world.

“I am extremely grateful for the support that I get from Langham Partnership,” says George. “It’s a blessing to me personally and also to the African church because I’m being trained to serve the African church.”