Welcome to our website. We want you to know about Ken and Marge MacGowan’s Mission so that we can represent you in East Africa. Through this website, we hope to share with you what God is calling us to, so you can pray accordingly.
What is “kammission”?
The name “kammission” stands for Ken And Marge Mission. It’s also a play on the word “commission” — as in The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-18.
Changes in Missions
A lot has changed in the last 39 years — especially in missions. It used to be that a missionary changed the oil in his car so that he could drive to a service where he led the worship with his guitar, preached, and chaired a church board meeting where they discussed his new accounting system. Now it’s different.
Africans can do so many things well — preach, sing, motivate, organize, and implement carefully thought-out strategies that fit the local context. What is the twenty-first century missionary to do to help?
Even in their first days in Zambia in 1970, Marge and Ken saw the importance of leadership training. When it came time to plant a church in a forsaken village called Muhomba, a national was brought in, the MacGowans worked with him, and the church grew and flourished, even years after they left. They went on to the city of Kitwe, where the church they led is now pastored by a Zambian. Their successor in the subsequent church in the Kenyan city of Mombasa is Kenyan, and the Academic Dean of the Bible College where they next worked in Uganda is also indigenous.
During the last two years Marge and Ken have worked in a variety of roles in Goibei, Kenya. There was the three-month residential, certificate-level teachers’ training course where Kenyan teachers studied how to instruct the Bible in their schools. As interest declined in certificate-level education, the MacGowans introduced the diploma-level extension course offered by Pan Africa Christian University.
They also travelled extensively giving power-point presentations to leadership groups. Marge enjoyed the enthusiastic participation of women in the Goibei/Banja area, as they learned health tips, studied the Bible, and made inexpensive bracelets and necklaces. When they set up the infrastructure of the new Retreat Centre at Goibei, our Kenyan manager and his wife were keen to learn about planning, billeting, purchasing, and billing for the centre. Once again, leadership training has worked.
What is next for Ken and Marge? They have been invited to work with one of the most interesting and fastest growing churches in Africa — in Uganda. They will be training African missionaries in English, French, and Swahili, and help send them to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi. They will work with Simon Peter Emiau, one of the continent’s finest leaders.
Why train local missionaries?
1. Africans find the adjustment to new African cultures easier, with less adaptation to a new language and lifestyle.
2. They are more readily accepted into the community.
3. They are integrated more quickly.
4. The cost of training, sending, equipping, and supporting them is much less than with missionaries from overseas.
5. Our experience 39 years ago from Muhomba village shows the value of national missionaries.
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