My name is Thomas Brandon Onyango. I’m saved and love the Lord for choosing me to be part of His work in saving His people. I was born and brought up in Kisumu County but managed to traverse the country because of my studies. I recently graduated from the Technical University of Mombasa having pursued a Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I am a graduate apprentice at iServe Africa placed at Way of Peace Nakuru.
I got the conviction to follow Christ in February 2015, during a weekend challenge at Ramba Boys High School while I was still a form one student. Since then, I have enjoyed knowing the Lord and appreciated His love for me. I managed to serve in various capacities in the Christian Union. I finished high school and joined the Technical University of Mombasa Christian Union. While being part of the TUMCU, I served with the media team. I helped around with photography and videography and learned a bit of editing and graphic design. It was during my last semester that I came across the advertisement for apprentices by iServe Africa. I never knew what it entailed but somehow, I felt so comfortable even while interacting with the Coast Regional Ministry Staff, Mr. Mutuma.
During the series of the Ministry Training Course, I have really come to learn a lot about the Gospel of Christ. I came to acknowledge that I am just but a human being who is not perfect but Christ chose me. It is His work in me that I am able to do all that gives Him glory. I also learned what faithful Bible teaching really entails. Knowing that all through the Bible, the Lord has always been looking for ways to reconcile us back to Him, is a big encouragement to me. That means that God really cares about His people and that He remains true to every covenant that He makes. I have also learned that as Christians we have been sent out to take the word to others. That then good news is to be shared not for us to keep it to ourselves for through that we demonstrate love. I have learned the importance of support in Christian ministry. Through this, I have been able to learn how to let go and just let God take control, but again not to forget to mention it to Him. It has made me appreciate more the relationship between God and me. We have also been taken through a series of what makes a good preacher, the journey is not easy but it’s enjoyable. Through this I have been able to appreciate that it is not about me, but Christ. I should never try to exalt myself.
At Way of Peace, we do peace, healing, and reconciliation missions. I thank God for this because I am able to connect with communities around and that was what I desired. I help out with administrative duties, media duties like video editing, photography, and any other duty that requires my attention. I also minister with a group of youths called Father’s Heart. Through creative ideas in music, fine art, poetry, spoken word, dramas, etc, we are able to minister the importance of peace, unity, and reconciliation. I have been able to learn the beauty of unity. Working with WAPE and visiting communities that have been fighting and some that have had a traumatizing past has helped me see the beauty of what God can do through His people. I have been able to go through the School of Reconciliation (Healing Hearts Transforming Nations) and I am a certified facilitator. I have also been through the debriefing training and soon I will be a certified facilitator of the same.
I really appreciate the relationship between WAPE and iServe Africa because it was through that partnership that I was able to tap into all these great teachings.