I (Jonathan) founded BEING (Blacks Empowering and Impacting the Next Generation) as a response to a need I saw within my local church community of Bethel Church here in Redding, CA. It was my heart to unite people that look like me over issues that concerned each of our hearts. A place where we were free to be ourselves, learn from each other’s experiences, heal, grow, and build a legacy behind for the next generation.
Just within the past year I have had a desire awaken in my heart to bring Blacks/African Americans to minister in Africa. This desire was birthed from a conversation I had with a fellow student while in Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. This student was an African evangelist from Tanzania and shared with me that he had never seen a Black missionary in his life. This broke my heart and I knew that in order for us as a Church to reach people in a way that is more culturally sensitive that we needed to equip and send Black missionaries out to the nations. I later got an invitation from a Kenyan pastor inviting me to minister in his home country.
Kenya has been the first door to open for us as a group but I know this is the first of many trips we will take back to the “Motherland”. There we will serve but we will also learn about the unique expression of God that is found in this people group.
Dates July 30th-August 13/14th
While in Kenya we plan to:
Minister at two crusades
Equip and train leaders
Host worship gatherings
Sponsor 30 church members to visit the National Wildlife Park
What we need:
We need your prayers first and foremost as many of the members of our group have never done international missions.
Prayer for team unity: that we would be able to work well together as a team and follow the guiding of the Holy Spirit
Prayer for the power of God: signs, wonders and miracles to show up. This is the culture that Bethel fosters which is to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth.
We need finances: we are doing this on a short turn around a lot of things need to be done.
We need: soccer balls, Christian books on leadership, healing, miracles, hosting God’s presence etc.
A rough breakdown of expenses:
Flight- About $1400/ person
July 30th- August 7th - $1490 : this includes hosting the Kenyan church members to go to the National Wildlife Park, food, accommodation, and transportation.
Thank you very much for taking the time to look read our story!
Many blessings to you,
BEING leader and Kenya Trip Leader