Insights for Women in Leadership

Hatua Women’s Conference

A specific objective of Tuvuke is to enhance the participation of women in the electoral process and this particular conference held at Multi-Media University was an effort to meet this objective. The conference was attended by women from the Mother’s Union ACK Nairobi Diocese. It was attended by about 300 women who were inspired and transformed into change agents in the duration of the conference. Read the rest of this entry »

At Mavuno Downtown, we are wrestling with the question “Why don’t we engage?” . Some reasons we came up with are: the desire to avoid physical harm. Many of us still have graphic mental images of Prof. Wangari Maathai’s braids being pulled out and of Dr. Njoya, beaten mercilessly for his public protests. Read the rest of this entry »

Window of Opportunity

For many of us in Africa, it is hard for us to imagine a time when the people and the cultures around us will no longer be as receptive to the gospel. We can scarcely imagine a time when our impressive church structures will not be overflowing, our vacation bible schools not filled with children and our secular radio stations no longer blare gospel music. Read the rest of this entry »

Building a ministry that will change the continent has been an almost romantic clarion call for me. But in the words of one of the leaders I look up to: ” You have to be the one who works the hardest at your vision”. Another leader puts it this way: If you have a vision, but no plan you are just dreaming.

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The new constitution was meant to cure the exclusion of citizens from participating in the governance of this country; it was also meant to address marginalization of regions from economic prosperity through unequal development.  The core solution to that was devolution, found in chapter 11 of the constitution but also transcends the entire constitution. Read the rest of this entry »

Great devotion from Betsy Glanville this morning on how we form our theologies. How did you learn theology?  Usually we are taught that there is a particular way to think about God. How did theology in the early church form and develop? Read the rest of this entry »

Ecc. 9:11 I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. If there is something you need to cry to God for, it is to meet the right people and to be in the right place at the right time.

  1. Identify opportunity and seize the moment:  Ecc. 9:13-17 An opportunity was presented to a whole nation. Everyone was in jeopardy. The poor  man did not know that this was a serious opportunity for him. Had he been thinking he would have pointed to all the other nations that were a threat to his city and proposed plans to avert future attacks. Immediately his position would have been assured. After he became a solution to a national problem he went back to the slum because he did not seize the moment.When opportunity is presented to you it is not time to shout hallelujah;  it is time to think. Have a preference so that you can have a testimony. You need to identify opportunities in life. You need to be a woman with wisdom.  After 15 years of preaching in obscurity, T.D. Jakes recognized the moment for which he had been waiting in the wings. He recognized that that moment would define the next twenty years of his life. Some of us are in the season that will define the next ten years of our lives.
  2. Take that step toward your divine connection: As you take a step it will turn out to be the opportunity you have been looking for.Ruth 2 So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.
  3. Finally, God’s mercy overrules 2 Kings 13:20-21 Opportunity may come your way from a direction you did not expect. This man was dead and unexpectedly was raised to life. God can cause even dead situations to stand on their feet.

After Hagar was chased away she ran out of everything. Right where she was God opened her eyes and she saw an opportunity.  She was crying right within reach of her opportunity. Genesis 21 19 Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink. Where you are in life today you are seated in opportunities. God forbid that you should die in the wilderness.

My highlight this week was meeting a 7 man (it included two women) delegation from Nigeria. The goal of the education tour was to learn about the achievements  of the Tuvuke initiative and in particular how to run a similar campaign to address a different social issue in their context. Read the rest of this entry »