Missionary of the Month: Ken & Deb Hall
AFTER TEACHING IN BIBLE SCHOOLS for more than 25 years with African Inland Mission and other Christian mission organizations, Ken and Deb Hall relocated to Bozeman, Montana in 2012, where they were able to live closer to their son, Jason. After seeking the Lord’s leading for a period of time, Ken was led to serve with a new organization, iTEE Global, [Internet Theological Education by Extension]. As a Global Facilitator, he trains pastors and others primarily online, so that they, in turn, can conduct biblical and discipleship training in their own countries. iTEE combines online theological education with onsite, face-to-face training.
With his extensive knowledge and background from serving in Africa, Ken also serves as iTEE Global’s Africa director, overseeing training and development (support raising). He assumed this additional position in early 2016. Ken has made multiple trips to Kenya and one development trip to Tanzania. He and Deb also reach out to the Africans living near them in Bozeman. Deb also serves as a counselor at Zoe Care, a pregnancy center there.
After 4 years, iTEE now has a handful of trained facilitators in Kenya! This is critical for multiplication of disciples. One of their facilitators, Simeon Oyugi, has assumed to role of being iTEE Global’s “on-the-ground” East Africa coordinator in Nairobi, helping to further discipleship training and coordinate activities. Thank you, WEFC, for assisting Simeon with the means to attend iTEE’s annual conference last September in Texas. That was a critical turning point for iTEE Global’s ministry growth in Kenya and East Africa.
iTEE is seeing that it is more effective to concentrate on developing ministry leaders in Kenya who can in turn reach other countries in Africa, rather than for Ken’s team in the West to try to open other countries by themselves. This is paying off, as they can sense they may be approaching ‘critical mass’ in Kenya, so that they can have leaders in Africa begin taking on the role of training subsequent generations.
What is most exciting for Ken, is the potential for this small band of leaders to catch the vision to train the thousands of leaders in biblical, discipleship-based education. It is their hope and prayer that the consultation will be the first step toward a larger conference with broader scope and that a coalition of key leaders, churches, and institutions will want to work together in a joint effort to reach East Africa with this much-needed training.
Ken & Deb also have three young adult children: Jason (30), Benjamin (27) and Anna (22). Jason works as a carpenter in Montana, Benjamin (who is married to Rachael) is serving with the Army Special Forces, and Anna recently graduated from Berea College with a BSN in nursing. Pray for God’s leading in all of their lives.
To read The Hall’s recent missionary letter, click here.