The 5th edition of the African Biblical Leadership Initiative programme celebrated the end of the successful training with the graduation of 126 young leaders on November 18th 2022.
ABLI is a six-month youth mentorship programme that trains youth to be accountable leaders who are driven by Biblical Values, Excellence, and Integrity. This year’s programme had two online cohorts and one physical class that was taking place on Saturdays.
The topics covered in the sessions included Self-awareness, Leadership skills, Public speaking, Governance, Entrepreneurship, and Community Service. The mentees learned a lot from the seasoned facilitators who were knowledgeable on these topics.
The speaker of the day was Rev. Simon Mbevi who spoke on leadership skills based on the story of David. He highlighted five characteristics of a leader which included. Character, Competence, Conciliatory, Caring and Compelling vision. He challenged the fellows to take up leadership positions without fear and to depend on God for wisdom to lead others.
The General Secretary of the Bible Society of Kenya Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki talked about the Society’s work. She encouraged the youth to be part of the Bible Society of Kenya by becoming members and participating in the various programmes the society runs that encourage people to use the Bible. She added that Kenya needs leaders who will lead with integrity, hence they should use the skills learned to make a difference in our country and beyond.
The Council Chairperson Prof. Mumo Kisau was in attendance. He urged the youth to go and serve their communities with the knowledge and skills they have acquired and to serve with a spirit of Excellence like Daniel in the Bible.
Before the graduation ceremony, the fellows held community service activities to exercise the knowledge they had acquired and to give back to the community. These included a tree planting activity at Roysambu Primary School, Machakos Girls Rescue Centre, and Thogoto home for the aged.
We believe that the knowledge and skills learned by the fellows will help them to make our community a better place even as they embark on serving where the Lord has placed them.
Congratulations to the class of 2022!