Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Duncan Olumbe is National Director of Community Health Evangelism for the Full Gospel Churches of Kenya.
When did you trust Christ?
I made a personal decision to follow Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in March 1984 during my first year in secondary school. This decision came about because of the witness of fellow students who were born-again members of the school’s Christian Union. Even though I grew up in a nominal Roman Catholic family, it was at this point that I fully recognized that I was a sinner and needed the saving grace of Christ. Growing up in salvation after this initial decision was not easy as I was the first member of my family to make such a commitment.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
When I joined the Full Gospel Church, the then local pastor and his wife took me under their wings and brought me up in faith just like one of their children. Though now retired, I deeply appreciate their impact in my life. In my high school and college years I was actively involved in the Christian Unions which greatly enhanced my leadership skills and my desire to serve the Lord “full-time”. Immediately after university graduation, I volunteered to serve with the Kenyan evangelical student movement (under IFES). This greatly clarified my call to ministry. Also during this time at a student missions conference I fully dedicated my life to serving God for the rest of my life in cross-cultural missions.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
It is such a privilege to be at the Forum and to be part of the Forum’s Year-Round Mentoring in Disciple-Making. I have learned a lot about how to lead an effective discipleship ministry. It is also so refreshing to worship the Lord and to get to meet brothers and sisters from all over the world. I believe the new connections I make will be a huge blessing to my ministry back home.
What is your ministry?
My current ministry involves oversight of the implementation of Community Health Evangelism as a church-planting model within the Full Gospel Church in Kenya. We are primarily targeting poor, marginalized, and unreached people groups on how best to reach them with the Gospel using holistic missions – meeting both physical and spiritual needs. It is a grassroots community-based approach to development with special emphasis on public health, farming, water and sanitation, and environmental conservation.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have served as the Executive Director of Mission Together Africa, which sought to mobilize the East African Church into active involvement in God’s mission. My role included setting up the organization from scratch and leading it to be a key player in the global mission circles. This involved networking and bringing together all the mission players in the country so that we could serve God’s mission better as a united force.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I sense that God has placed me in a position of significant leadership influence both locally and internationally. Also, as I will soon turn 50-years-old, I sense that God is calling me to impact the next generation of leaders under me. As such, I believe those who may want to invest in my training and ministry will have significant impact not only in my life but in the lives of those that I lead and serve.