I have been involved in several exciting projects, both within and outside the church sphere, which our outlined below. These include a few non-profit book projects, website development, and a few larger writing or design projects at my church.
Officer Training Curriculum, Uptown Church
While serving as Adult Education and Discipleship intern at Uptown Church in Charlotte, NC, I undertook a full rewrite and redesign of our 12-week training curriculum for prospective elders and deacons. Every year Uptown solicits nominations for church officers, who then undergo this extensive weekly program (at 6:00am!) covering a variety of church-related issues, ranging from polity to systematic theology to pastoral theology.
Having undergone this training myself, I saw the need to produce a fully re-written curriculum, as the prior version was somewhat cobbled together from a variety of handouts.
The process of crafting an entirely new document was painstaking but invaluable, and the new curriculum has been in use since 2012 at Uptown and other churches in the area.
Slum: The People of Kibera
This project is the culmination of a seven year friendship with a young man, Genesis Njeru, who lived in Kibera, the largest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. We met in 2005, when I was serving on a short-term mission trip with MTW to Nairobi, Kenya (where Kibera is located); he was my Swahili translator, and we became quick friends. Several years later, we conceived the idea to write a book that documents the lives of the “real people” who live in Kibera. As such a prominent slum, Kibera is often approached either as a tourist attraction or a sociological petri dish. We wanted to provide insight into the human angle.
We released the book in 2010 and have sold over 400 copies, both in print and digital form. The proceeds have funded scholarships for youth in Kibera and have helped Genesis and his wife start multiple microbusinesses. They are now living outside Kibera but remain involved.
I returned to Kibera in January 2011 to spend 10 days with Genesis. I made a video introduction to Kibera itself, which can be found on YouTube.
I also produced a video that captures the joys of life with Genesis and his wife Faith and daughter Blessings; it, too, is posted on YouTube.
Ikhathekizima: The Zulu Children’s Catechism
In 2010, I was asked by a missionary friend who is overseas with Pioneers to assist ENTRUST (a South African ministry training organization) in designing, publishing, and printing the Children’s Catechism (derived from the Westminster Shorter Catechism) in isiZulu.
The Zulu people group is the largest in South Africa, but they lack biblical resources in their language. So I took a new translation of the Catechism prepared by Zulus associated with ENTRUST and transformed it into a children’s book. A mission team from my church then took 400 of them to use in training teachers at South African orphanages on how to catechize, and then distributed them to the orphanages, children, and parents (at other churches).
- Sample of the book: you can access a PDF containing a section of the book.
- Website: I also designed the project’s website, which was used to inform the public about the Ikhathekizima and provide a means for donations.
- Press: the project was featured on Desiring God on October 16, 2010 (link appears to be broken).