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Alumnus Spreads Word of Royal Rangers in Africa

by Office of Marketing | April 25, 2013
The Royal Rangers International program exists in over 70 nations worldwide, ministering to both boys and girls to “evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christlike men and women and lifelong servant leaders.” Sadly, the program currently runs in only ten of Africa’s nations, which is a fact that Andrew Whitman plans to change.
 
When Whitman was asked to coordinate the Royal Rangers International program in Africa, to spread its reach throughout the continent, he moved his family to Kenya and got right to work. Following God’s leading, he began to network and find Africans whom he could train to become leaders in the program.
 
Along with administering training, Whitman runs international camps, puts the Royal Ranger curriculum into the hands of the national leaders and travels to districts to build relationships. Resources and finances are scarce but that doesn’t stop him from providing coordinators with the means to meet with their Rangers, even though it requires significant travel at times. “We want to build as much unity as possible here,” Whitman said. “The nations are spread out but we are trying hard to build fellowship and cooperation.”
 
Within the program, Whitman and his wife, Stacey, work with the Royal Bridging Center, an alternative “rite of passage” for boys and girls who, many for the first time, are introduced to what it means to be a follower of Christ and to live a godly life. When they realized that the leaders and students were struggling with the English version of the Royal Rangers curriculum, they began working to translate it into French, a more familiar language there, and soon plan to put it into other languages that can be read all over Africa. The Whitmans also assist with orphans, food relief and the Bible School in Nairobi, Kenya.
 
God is doing amazing things through His servants, and angels in heaven are rejoicing over a continent full of children who, one by one, are coming to know Him.
 
To learn more about the Whitman's ministry, visit their website.