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Empowering Youth: The YFL Team’s Presentation at the HOFAM Conference


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The Youth Future Lab (YFL) team had the honor of attending the Household of Faith Ministry’s (HOFAM) youth conference on Saturday, April 29th, 2023, at Nyaga Polytechnic in Ruiru Githunguri. The theme of the conference was inspired by the words of our Lord in Matthew 9:38, “Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.”

As we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by Reverend John Ngigi and Youth patron Pastor Ndotono, and were immediately struck by the lively atmosphere of the event. The praise and worship team led us in glorious songs of praise that lifted our spirits and prepared our hearts for the teachings that were to follow.

The teachers were patient, well-informed, and well-prepared to guide the youth, and we were all blessed to fellowship and learn from them. The teachings we received were well-packaged for the youth, and everyone who attended left feeling more informed and empowered.

Our team, which consisted of Willy Kamau, Elizabeth Waithera, Fredrick Kioko, Alice Wangare, and Alice Nyambura, was assigned a one-hour time slot between 12 pm and 1 pm in the conference’s tight program. We began by introducing ourselves and sharing about the work we do at YFL. Elizabeth and Kioko then introduced the eager youths to our online courses, explaining the importance of developing job-ready skills and learning at their own pace.

Alice Wangare and Alice Kamau took the stage to explain the benefits of our courses and how to register for them. They patiently shared about how the youth can study from the comfort of their homes and at their preferred time, and the excitement in the room was palpable.

Willy Kamau then introduced the youth to our tree-planting programs, highlighting the importance of tree planting and environmental conservation. The youth were intrigued by how seemingly small efforts could make such a huge difference in the environment.

As we came to a close, we invited questions from the curious youth, and the team went around the hall receiving and answering any queries. We were grateful for the opportunity to introduce the youth to marketable online courses that they can learn in their free time and at their own pace. We were also thrilled to invite them to join us in our YFL tree-planting programs, where they can help in environmental conservation and support the Kenyan government’s efforts to achieve a 15 billion tree cover by 2030.

As we reflected on the day’s events, we were grateful for the opportunity to minister with the youth and to learn from them as well. The warm welcome and reception we received from Bishop Waihenya and the HOFAM team were a testament to their dedication to empowering and equipping the next generation.

In closing, we would like to leave you with the words of Isaiah 55:11, which say, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” We believe that the teachings and opportunities we shared with the youth at the HOFAM conference will go forth and accomplish great things in their lives and in our community. Thank you again to all who made this incredible experience possible.


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