Wednesday 16th. April to Saturday 19th. April 2014

Elly Achok is one of the pastors in the Gospel Missions Agency church in Mumias. He completed the PTC in Nairobi at the end of 2012. He has just got a book printed entitled ‘Hell’s Best Revealed Secret – reflections on the invitation system’. Having been sold out to the system for 17 years it comes with full personal knowledge and passion as well as a balanced view of the Reformed Faith. If you are interested in his report of the Conference, please email him at Elly Achok


The yellow poster outside the church building says, ‘Reformation Conference 2014 Recovering Biblical Religion’. I believe this is the 4th. year of the Conference with a very specific aim of bringing the Reformed Faith to a town and wider area where the Word of Faith teachings dominate in Churches, and Islam has a tight grip.


The Conference started on Wednesday and by Friday over 250 people had registered. There were over 400 registered by Saturday, with many coming to witness the graduation of a family member or friend. Well over 50 claimed to be leaders, including some women.

Almost all the people present have as their immediate spiritual background, the Word of Faith movement. It is the background that Elly and Barnabas come from and they wish to be as zealous in exposing its great errors as they were in promoting it for so many years. Martin Mokoyan, one who completed our PTC in Nairobi many years back, came and was overwhelmed thinking that the Reformed Faith is only preached in TBC Nairobi. He lives in nearby Bungoma and so much desires to do church planting there.


Apart from myself, the main speaker was Barnabas Olare (left), a Pastor of GMA Mombasa, who is in the 3rd. year of the PTC in Nairobi. The translator into Kiswahili is his fellow Pastor, Alfred Omondi, who would also like to join the PTC one day.

My brief was to expound 6 basic Christian doctrines, and I took: The Bible is the Word of God, the Trinity, Person of Christ, Effects of the Fall, Salvation by Grace and Work of the Holy Spirit.

Barnabas’ sessions. He had the responsibility to specifically deal with the errors both historically and to date.

(1) Why we must expose false teaching (2 Corinthians 13:5).

(2) Attacks on the Bible. Basing it on Matthew 15:1-9, he explained about Marcion and Montanus in the Early Church, dealt with the Catholic attitude to the Bible as they add unwritten traditions and authority of the church, and showed how the Word of Faith is just like Neo-orthodoxy in its attitude to the Bible.

(3) Attacks on the doctrine of sin. He dealt with Pelagianism and Arminianism, and then Finneyism.

(4) Attacks on the doctrine of grace. This was masterful as he dealt with Roman Catholicism: first grace is only available in the Church, then specifically in the sacraments, finally extra grace in the saints. He showed how similar the Word of Faith teaching and practice is to Roman Catholicism.

(5) ‘The Word of Faith’ and faith. Previously he had called this, ‘The Death of Faith in the Word of Faith’! He gave 3 characteristics of faith: it has an object – God (Hebrews 11:6), a foundation – The Bible (2 Peter 1:19-21), and a character – obedience (Hebrews 11:8), none of which are true of faith in the Word of Faith. He told us that for them even God is subject to the same principle of ‘faith’ so that faith is their ‘god’!

(6) Contending for the Faith (Jude 3). He likened the letter to a general who receives intelligence information about an enemy attack (false teachers, vv. 5-19), and then shows them how the enemy is to be defeated (vv. 20-23). He interestingly said the aim of false teachers is always to draw Christians away from the love of God.

There was also a very useful Q & A session. Elly Achok introduced the Conference with the question, ‘Will the Church of Christ survive?’ Of course it will (Matthew 16:18)!


Elly Achok runs a part-time 9 month course which is basically going through Systematic Theology, a simplified version of what is done here with the PTC. It can also be done online. 21 graduated in their academic caps and gowns and there was great jubilation African style! One said that many of them only came for a certificate, but the Reformed teaching has totally changed his life.


Bringing reformation to a church from the extreme of the Word of Faith to the opposite Biblical ‘extreme’ of the Reformed Faith has not been smooth. Yet this is what both Elly Achok in Mumias and his older brother Barnabas Olare in Mombasa are seeking to do step by step. Many have left their churches, and former friends have turned against them. Making the transition from endlessly repetitive choruses to Biblically meaningful hymns has been slow but they are almost there. The constant very loud preaching has been ameliorated so that the style does not detract from the Biblical content. I so much benefitted from the ministry I received.

Please PRAY for these 2 brethren, pus 2 others were are training in the PTC in Nairobi from Mumias – Noah Ikari and Geoffrey Isambo. They have contacts in many places in Kenya and even in other countries of East Africa. May the true gospel run and be glorified!

Pokot North

Yet again I have to thank the Lord for a blessed time of ministry in Pokot North, 24th. March to 3rd. April. Johan and I were able to visit and minister the Word in 10 of the 13 places where there are churches and schools.


We walked up for almost 2 hours from Apur to Tarakit, at over 2,000 metres. What a breath-taking view west into Uganda! There are 3 churches and schools on this high ridge where the Pokot people plant maize and beans – Kapkoghun, Tarakit and Kapyomot.

The secondary school at Kasei is well established with over 200 students in 4 classes (Forms 1-4). It reminds me of the time I first came to Kenya in 1968 to teach in a secondary school in Miathene (Meru), which also had 4 classes but only about 150 boys. Kasei has 11 teachers, one for each subject they study, but only a few of them are provided by the Government. We as a church provide 2, and fees help to pay for the rest. I joked with them that we were only 8 teachers in Miathene, so in the old days we worked much harder! The Principal (Head Teacher) is very co-operative and has started some studies in theology with us.


Being able to freely preach to the boys in the unfinished laboratory building was a highlight for me. First they stood and sang beautifully, without accompaniment or hand clapping, a song in Swahili saying, ‘The grace of the Lord is sufficient’. This was my opportunity to tell them that grace in Christ is the way of salvation, and it is totally sufficient to save us (Ephesians 2:8-9). You could have heard a pin drop as I started by telling them of my experience as a teacher so long ago.

We have definite plans to start a second secondary school, this time for girls and in Kamketo, about 10 kms. away. We have been given the go ahead by the community and the authorities because of the success of the school in Kasei. It will start at the beginning of 2015 using some of the facilities of the primary school, but we will build one permanent classroom, and then the Government should come in to assist.

Of the 11 primary schools, 4 have all 8 classes, and 2 more will reach there this year. There are a few thousand boys and girls registered, not to mention the Early Childhood Development (ECD) classes with the youngest ones. The Government is not able to supply all the teachers needed so we continue to support more than 30 on a monthly basis! We are encouraged that finally many of the Head Teachers either attend the TBC churches or are genuinely sympathetic. This is also true of many of the teachers. Such ones we can supply with good Christian literature so we can bring the true Christian faith to them.

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imageKapterema teachers & pupils

imageTarakit school buildings

imageBoys at home in Kamketo

Polygamy continues to be very prevalent in the area and causes problems in the churches. The pressure for Christians to conform is very strong. In the photo below:

(1) One man had 2 wives, married a third who subsequently left him for another man. When that husband died she wanted to return to the first and he agreed for a while but then the Lord convicted him of the sin.

(2) One woman lost her husband and came to live in the area. She found it very difficult to be single in the society but there were no men of mature age to marry (i.e. widowers). In a polygamous society if one wife dies there is always another. So finally she gave in and became a 3rd. wife. She told me she knows she has done wrong, and I told her to cut the relationship, which may have serious consequences for her.

Please pray for the leaders who have so many responsibilities to perform, as there are only 3 trained men, and 2 Kenyan missionaries. For the first time I have seen some strains between them emerge over finances. There are 2 men we are hoping to train in the PTC in Nairobi in the future, and the brethren are planning to set up a Bible School in Kamketo to train those who are not proficient enough in English.


There has been a perennial leadership problem in Kapterema/Korokou so that the church membership has never been more than 10. David Nasia, 4th. right, is now leading and these are the people presently connected with the church. It is the most densely populated area with intensive cultivation of beans and maize.

There were many opportunities to preach, to small and medium sized groups. I preached on such themes as The Life of Faith (Hebrews 11:8-16), Affliction (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7,3:2-4), Love (John 13:34-35), Prayer (Matthew 6:5-13), 3 things that make a Christian (1 Thessalonians 1:8-10), the Work of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23, John 3:3-5), Spiritual Growth (Acts 20:32 and Ephesians 4:11-16), Sin (Mark 7:14-23), Christ as All (Luke 14:25-27), Blessing of Peace (John 16:33). We use the church buildings and homes, and go where people are under a tree.


Sunday we spent at Kamketo where there is the largest church and the only permanent church building. Some of the brethren at the nearby church of Kasepa joined us and there were 120 present in the service (less in the afternoon meeting). They have this lovely custom of forming a circle after the service so that everyone greets everyone else.


This is the large church building that is going up in Kasei which is designed to hold up to 250. The lintel is complete. The roof is next which will cost 400,000 shillings. Kasei is a main centre which is set to develop; there is the boarding secondary school, and also boarders in the upper primary. Since all secondary boys are required to be in church on Sundays a large building will be useful.

I trust this report has been an encouragement to you. The Lord is at work through His word, but there is much opposition. Please keep praying.

Keith Underhill

VOTE (pronounced votey)

The weekend of 25-26 January I went to Vote to constitute a new church. I went with our oldest church member, Jonathan Kioko, who speaks the language of the area, and Johan who is accompanying me everywhere.

Vote is a little centre about 4 hours drive east to Kitui then 60 kms on a dirt road south. It is not remote like north Kenya. There are mobile phone networks, schools and medical facilities. Christianity came into the area in the 1950s, first of all the Catholics, then the Protestant Gospel Tabernacle, then Trinity Baptist, and last the Redeemed Gospel, a noisy charismatic church. Like so many areas, as far as we can tell, there is little genuine Christianity. Two ladies from the Gospel Tabernacle Church greeted us and said that most of the 100 attendees are just nominal Christians. When you read that 80% of Kenyans are Christians you will know how to interpret the figure, i.e. they are not Muslims.

The work has been here a number of years but was almost extinguished by a bad leader. Benson Nyamai then returned home from Nairobi to seek to build it up again. They had a brick building but the wind blew off the roof and the walls were destroyed. They now meet in this small corrugated iron structure and up to 20 gather. You might note the large trunked baobab tree to the left of the structure.


We arrived midday on Saturday, and had to wait until 4 p.m. to start the meeting. Such lateness is typical in Kenya. I took them through Acts 2 about what the Church is, who is a Member, and then what a Christian is. Then we interviewed the 7 prospective members. As is so common, some found it difficult to Biblically express their faith. Then we have to make the difficult decision whether to go ahead with them or not.


On Sunday things again got off to a slow start and in the service I preached on 1 John 4:7-11. There were 16 adults and youth present with a few small children. I chose this passage as I wanted both to preach the gospel centred on the work of Christ, and show the central pursuit of love in this newly established little church.

Six were due to be baptized so I gave instruction on what it symbolizes, especially that it is a means of grace to the one who believes. We waited for a lunch of rice and beans and then proceeded to the place of baptism. In such drier communities where there is much livestock sub-surface dams have been bulldozed out. They are simply a catchment area for when it rains so that animals can have a consistent access to water. The bottom is either rock or just mud. You can see how muddy the water looked!


These three teenage girls were baptized upon profession of their faith. They are each hoping to join Secondary School (probably boarding) this month. I exhorted them to be faithful amidst the many temptations they will face. May the Lord keep them faithful and help them to be witnesses of His grace!


Benson Nyamai is the leader in the church, and he is pictured with his wife Christine. May the Lord enable him to preach the gospel of Christ in season and out of season.


Vote is a dry area where so often there is little or no harvest reaped. They had planted ‘dengu’ (a very small pea) on the church land in an effort to raise money for the church building but they will only get a few kilos.

I went to sleep contemplating the journey back to Nairobi the following morning, thankful to God for how He had led us through the day, and thinking of all the work that lay ahead in the week. After an hour I was awoken by Benson saying that someone had been ‘bitten’. I knew immediately this would mean a visit to the hospital over half an hour’s drive away (at Mutomo). It was his mother-in-law, and it turned out it was a snake bite. She was hospitalized and the last report was that she was still in pain but recovering. I got to bed after 2 a.m. thankful for the opportunity to show mercy.

The work is much and the labourers are few. We ask you to continue to labour with us in prayer.

Pastoral Theological Course (PTC)

We had the first of six trainings for 2014 from 15th. to 22nd. January.

The students come to Nairobi for 8 days bi-monthly. The first and last 3 days are full time in class, where they are introduced to the studies they will take home to complete before returning for the next session. There is a lot of reading and writing to be completed, and it can only be done if they learn to organize themselves. Then I have 2 months to mark their work so they receive it back when they return! My approach is that the discipline of thinking through issues, and accomplishing the work faithfully is as important as learning the facts.

This time we devoted ourselves to two courses.

· Unit N is Preaching. Expository preaching is rare in Kenya. Few preachers pay attention to context, even to whether it is in the Old or New Testaments. Going through books or large portions of the Scripture is rarer. But we are not merely interested in expositors, but those who preach persuasively in the power of the Holy Spirit.

· Unit T is Missions. We start with the history of Christianity in Africa from apostolic days, then to the modern missionary movement, particularly as it impacted Africa. We finish with an in-depth consideration of our country of Kenya. I lay particular stress on the so-called 10-40 window of the world’s least evangelized people, and the 22 people groups in Kenya amongst whom less than 2% are considered Christian (many less than 0.1%, i.e. almost none). We are convinced that unless a person hears the gospel of Jesus Christ he cannot be saved.

· One of the students leads devotions each morning. We have introduced a ‘Debate’ in order to encourage ordered and concise thinking and presenting persuasive arguments. The motion was, ‘Christians ought to be involved in politics’. I am looking for them to define what they mean by the terms. Interestingly, no one carefully defined ‘involved’. Judging by a later discussion with them, it seems to have been very profitable, and enjoyable! Saturday afternoon they go to evangelize in the area. Sunday they are expected to be fully involved in all activities in order to learn about the local church in practice.


1st. year seated [left to right]: Caleb, Geoffrey, Willis, Benson, Stephen.

2nd. year standing [left to right]: (KU), John, Erick, Peter, Noah, Vincent, Hezbon.

3rd. year standing right: Dominic, Barnabas.

We admitted 5 new students, making a total of 13.

(1) Caleb Jaoko – He is from Upendo Reformed Baptist Church, Oyani near Migori, in the far south-west corner of Kenya. He is a Pastor together with the former student Fred Lodeki. The 2nd. year student Erick is in the same church fellowship and ministers in Nyamanga.

(2) Geoffrey Isambo – He is from the Church called Gospel Missions Agency in Mumias, the same as 2nd. year student Noah. Geoffrey is a mature man, and has gone through the ‘School of Wisdom’ run by Pastor Elly Achok (also a former student) in Mumias. He makes bricks to support his family in the morning and then will devote himself to studies for the rest of the day.

(3) Willis Okello – He is from a Seventh-Day Adventist Church near us. We have warned him that if he begins to receive the teaching it will probably give him difficulties in his church. In particular we cited Arminianism and the Investigative Judgment. But he seems determined.

(4) Benson Kambi – He is from Trinity Baptist Church Boyani, near Mombasa. The Pastor there is George Mwanjisi, a former student of many years previous. Benson supports himself by growing vegetables on his land.

(5) Stephen Ongulo – He is a member of Trinity Baptist Church Kasei, Pokot North. He is from Soroti in Uganda, and works in the building trade in Pokot. At the end of the studies he wants to return to church plant in the Soroti area.

Please pray for all these men as they study the word of God.


The first 10 days of the New Year I spent ministering in Rendille in north Kenya. It was a whole year since the last visit at the beginning of 2013. I went with Joseph Ochola, with whom I have been together in the church since 1975, and two young men who are members of TBC Nairobi (Mbati & Johan). We do give thanks to the Lord for safety in travel, for good health throughout, and for a profitable and very busy time.

We arrived at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in Korr and spent time there until early Monday afternoon. So we had the Lord’s Day with the brethren.


We visited the surrounding goobs (= villages) of Galdeylan Sulate, Matarbah, Urowween, Dubsahaay Chaule, and Nahgaan, where there are contacts and also took the opportunity of preaching to men at their resting place on a lugga (dry river bed), and to women and children in the goob.


Monday night we spent in the Lekuchula goob and also visited Goob Lethore and Lagarama, where we run a Nursery School.

From Tuesday evening to Friday morning we were centred in Ndikir, the 3rd. place where we are praying a church will be established. We also visited contacts in Sokoteey and Losidan and went to see the Government Education officials in Laisamis, the town on the main road.


Khobocha, and another young man in the church named Diba, both of whom have just completed their Secondary School and are awaiting exam results, have decided that instead of seeking to earn money by working as untrained teachers for the present, they will give themselves fully to the church and evangelism in the coming months. Their decision was severely tested by other opportunities but the Lord has given them grace to exercise self-denial in order to serve Him. May He use them for encouragement and outreach, as young as they are (not yet 20 years of age!).


It is a truism that the young men are the future leaders of the church. 5 of them are children of church members, 4 having attended the High School Camp in Nairobi. Matthew & James are our Nursery School teachers and after the service told me how challenged they were by the word I preached from Ephesians 5:25-27. Please PRAY for their salvation, together with many others.


In Korr there are 3 leaders we call ‘Evangelists’, none of them trained apart from ministry they received when they were in the church in Nairobi.


GODANA DABALEN, wife Gurguru, 6 children, plus 2 of deceased brother. 3 oldest children (back) are in Secondary School, were at High School Camp in Nairobi, Nakuru & Khobocha professing saving faith in Christ. Grace (centre) is deaf as a result of meningitis and is about to go to a special school in Isiolo. Pray for Khobocha as he awaits his exam results and devotes the next months to serving in the church.


RUYGON NADESOL, wife Christine, 5 children. Arobo is oldest and is starting Secondary School.


JOSEPH OGOM, wife Mary, 4 children. Of the 3 leaders Joseph has a few years of education in Primary School and so is literate. His wife has struggled with TB and now he has been infected and so is not as strong as usual.


MARIO GAMBARE is the leader in Lekuchula, and also teaches in the Nursery School. He has no training and we are considering how we can help him and Joseph Ogom considering they only have a few years of Primary School education. He also wants to be a full-time evangelist.


RAPHAEL BULKASH is the leader in Ndikir, is a member of the church in Nairobi and was trained in the PTC. He has a motorbike and is able to travel widely. His younger brother Samuel is now working with him in the ministry and hopes to join the PTC in 2015.


These are the married men who collectively are the decision makers. In the centre of the large circle of huts is a bare piece of ground encircled with a hedge of thorn-bush branches, called the ‘nabo’. Here they will meet in the late evenings to perform their ritual prayers and discuss communal matters. Apart from going to preach to them where they are in the day time at the lugga, playing their game (we call it Mancala), carving, talking or napping, I love to have the opportunity to talk to them individually.


Mzee Limongoi is from Lekuchula, says he is 60 years. I have known him for 15 years and often talked with him about the gospel of Christ. He arrived after I had finished preaching, so I took him through Romans 5:8 – we are sinners, God loves sinners, and has shown it by Christ dying for us. He told me as he has told me before that he does believe in Christ, yet it is so hard for him to leave the traditions. The ‘new moon’ ceremony had been just a few days previous and I asked him if he had performed it. Yes, he had blown on his animal horn, prayed to the moon, ‘God, God, you have come back to life,’ and put special mud on his forehead and chest. This is obviously idolatrous. I asked him, ‘If Jesus Himself were to tell you to leave such traditions would you do so.’ Without hesitation he said he would. Then I informed him that the Lord Jesus has sent me and is speaking to him through me. His answer surprised me: ‘Others have come saying they have a word from God but I do not believe because of their bad lifestyle.’ This of course was just another shift as he knows me so well.

Such men need to be constantly talked with and instructed, but almost no one is doing it – the concentration is on the school age children. One of the most encouraging pieces of information I heard was from Goob Nahgaan near Korr where under the ministry of the AIC 2 Wazee have left the traditions. I hope it is true and marks the beginning of a sincere turning to Christ.

Mzee Lepakio is from Losidan and gave me such a warm embrace when we met at the wells. At the visit last year he is the one who said he wants to be like our evangelist Nadesol, although illiterate, knowing the word of God, so he can tell it to his people. I have encouraged our brother Raphael at Ndikir to visit him regularly to give personal instruction in the faith. A number of such Wazee said they need to be visited regularly if they are to understand and follow this message.


I would like to bring a number of special needs before you.

(1) Wareiya lives in Goob Matarbah. She and her husband Sagante professed faith in Nairobi. When they returned home he went back to the traditions and married a younger wife. He no longer cares much for her and her children and recently she lost all her animals on which she has been depending (disease, straying & hyenas). She is looking to us for help and perhaps we can restock.

(2) Ntito lives in Lekuchula. She has been faithful in keeping the work going there for more than 10 years. The day before we arrived a neighbour lady, with whom she was very close, died. She is devastated perhaps because the lady leaves 5 young children and an irresponsible husband. Ntito herself is very poor, with very few animals, and a very old husband (she is a 2nd. wife), and we feel we must help in some way.

(3) Korr church building. Brother Joseph Ochola has taken over the project. The supporting pillars are in place and I left him behind to work on the lintel in the next couple of weeks. He will then return to Nairobi and we will consider how we can get the roof on.

(4) Lekuchula Church and Nursery School building (corrugated iron).

(5) House for Raphael Bulkash in Ndikir. He also needs a secure supply of clean water that can be delivered from Laisamis (20 kms. away) for about £100 for 3 months’ supply.

(6) Losidan hand pump. This pump supplies water to the School we sponsor and is in urgent need of repair to make it functional again.

(7) Solar MP3 players. Brother Nadesol had gotten hold of an MP3 player with Bible messages in the Kisamburu language (the Ariaal Rendille speak this language). The thought came to me that if we could get hold of solar powered MP3 players then we could record Bible readings in Rendille and other instructional material for the illiterate people.

Thank you for your continued prayerful and financial support for this ministry. We are represented in U.K. by the Alfred Place Baptist Church (Geoffrey Thomas) in Aberystwyth, and the registered charity T.R.A.I.N. (Kenya). In the U.S.A. we are represented by the Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church (Tom Martin) near Philadelphia. Please also visit our websites and

Couples’ Retreat

12th. December we had a day-long meeting especially for those who are in relationships they hope will lead to marriage. We met in a Retreat Centre far the other side of Nairobi and had lunch and refreshments provided. We were 7 married couples as the panel and about 20 young people, all but one from TBC. There was a sense of unity of purpose in wanting to live according to the Scriptures in our relationships. Matters of conflict with culture were brought up and well discussed – dowry payment, wife is considered as daughter in groom’s family, dominant role of extended family in society. We are so thankful to God that He has given us wise brethren as these issues are dealt with.

New Members

We had the joy of formally welcoming three new members at the Lord’s Supper, 8th. December.

(1) Sarah Kane.


(2) Robert & Jennifer Mwangi (with 2 young children). They belonged to a very charismatic church in Nairobi before going for studies in Hanover, Germany. The first church Robert attended there was the International Baptist Church and for the first time he heard the Biblical Faith preached. As they were going abroad they were so concerned about finding a church like the one they had known in Nairobi; now on returning it was finding one in Kenya like that in Hanover. They found us through the internet and have been totally committed to the life of the church since then, for which we are very thankful to the Lord.

High School Camp

From 29th. November to 3rd. December we hosted our 2nd. Camp and this time we restricted participants to those who are in one of the 4 years of High School (pre-University), so roughly ages 14-18. There were around 60 from different parts of the country. When our Interns announced the theme would be The Five Solas, I thought it would be too heady. But it was exactly what they needed to stand against the false teaching that abounds and more importantly to show them what salvation truly is. So we thank God for the days cramped up in our small compound and we have reason to believe some have been deeply impacted spiritually.


New Roof in Nairobi

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After 24 years we found it necessary to replace the roof which had become brittle so that there were leaks, and the auditorium had become so hot with the sun beating down on the roof. It also gave us the opportunity to get rid of the part-asbestos tiles and have aluminium roofing so that we can harvest the rain water.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

AO visited us in Nairobi 8-21st. November. He was converted here in Nairobi in 1997 and resettled to Ethiopia in 2001. He came for a time of fellowship and strengthening of the links between us. His ministry in Addis is to broadcast the gospel to his S0mal1 people and to visit contacts throughout the region. Please PRAY for this vital ministry and that the Lord might be pleased to protect him from the many dangers. We also have NH as a church member here who struggles having no job, having had to divorce his wife, and having his children turned against him as a Christian.

We talked about the possibility of starting a genuinely reformed church in Addis Ababa, a place dominated by charismatics. There is already a small group meeting on Saturdays for Bible study. We are liaising with an Ethiopian Pastor in London.