March Missionaries of the Month
Neil and Jennifer Lawrence
Neil and Jennifer Lawrence are missionary educators/evangelists in Kenya, East Africa, where they have been serving since 1993. Neil’s primary ministry is to teach at Discipleship College, a 17-acre campus located in Eldoret, Kenya. Though most are Kenyan, ministers from other African countries where the Church of God is located are attending (Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana). The opportunity to spend quality time helping form the students’ “theological/ministry world-view” is Neil’s greatest joy and definitely the focus of his calling.
In addition to teaching, the Lawrences are involved in Evangelism and Worship. They started singing songs in Swahili during District Seminars and began leading worship in English and Swahili in church while they lived in Nairobi. Developing into a ministry team called Eagle’s Wings Gospel Team in 1999, this ministry works with a local Church of God congregation. Students and graduates of Discipleship University are involved in traveling all over Kenya holding morning Seminars, afternoon Crusades, and evening Christian films. These crusades (3 to 7 days long) have been held in market places, town centers, road-side centers, slums, and villages; in other words, “where the people are.”
Neil was born 23 March 1964 in Miami, Florida and Jennifer was born 2 May 1965 in Dayton, Ohio, but raised in Atlanta, Georgia. They met at Florida State University and married (December 1986) just before graduation (May 1987). Only nine months after joining the Church of God, Neil began his studies at the Church of God Theological Seminary (earning a Masters of Divinity in 1991), while Jennifer worked at Church of God World Missions. Living in Kenya, East Africa since October 1993, the Lawrence family are involved in education and evangelism in order to strengthen the Church of God. They feel that Kenya is their home and plan to minister there for many more years. Their son, Joshua, was adopted as an infant in 2003. Neil and Jennifer want to share the love of God with the people they meet and obey Christ’s command to go and make disciples.