Forging New Friendships: Daystar's Newest Leader Visits the U.S.

We are so thankful for the leadership and vision of our new Daystar University Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Laban Ayiro. It was a huge blessing to spend the last week together in Minnesota as we serve together in the Daystar family.

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Daystar U.S. staff along with Daystar U.S. Board member Bill Boulware were so happy to welcome Dr. Laban Ayiro, Daystar’s new Vice-Chancellor (third from right), as well as Prof. Henry Thairu, Chairman of the Daystar University Council (Board) (third from left) and Rev. MacMillan Kiiru, Chairman of the Daystar University Company (Trustees) (second from left).

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Our Daystar U.S. Board enjoyed mutually encouraging meetings together with our African colleagues.

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Board members and friends prayed together for our new Vice-Chancellor.

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Laban shared his life story and vision for Daystar.

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Dr. Jay Barnes, President of Bethel University, was honored by Dr. Frank Lloyd, Daystar U.S. Board Chairman, for his service on our Daystar U.S. Board for the past 9 years.

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Laban visited Hope Presbyterian Church which has supported Daystar for over 30 years. David Lenz (left), Hope’s senior pastor, is a member of the Daystar U.S. Board.

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Wooddale Church, a faithful church friend of Daystar for over 30 years, thanked Dr. Thairu and Rev. Kiiru for their partnership. Dale Hummel, senior pastor, prayed for God’s blessing on the ministry of Daystar.

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We had a wonderful lunch together at the home of Bob and Donna Oehrig. Bob (first on the right) served at Daystar University for over 20 years and was the Executive Director of Daystar U.S. for 9 years. Senator Samuel Poghisio (second on the right) is a distinguished Daystar University alumnus who serves as a Senator in the Kenyan Parliament. He was a featured speaker at the Minnesota Prayer breakfast. He leads the Kenyan Prayer Breakfast and was the first non-American to address the Minnesota Prayer breakfast. You can see his story in the below video link (from 45:42-55:50). https://livestream.com/fpi/mpb2019/videos/190460458

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We strengthened our long term partnership with University of Northwestern. (President Dr. Alan Cureton, Dr. Janet Sommers, and Dr. Pam Solvie (from right to left)). Janet and Pam are displaying the traditional Maasai "shukas" they received from Daystar's leaders.

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We toured Bethel University’s nursing program with Dr. Diane Dahl, chair of Bethel’s nursing department.

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We enjoyed lunch together with Dr. Jay Barnes, President of Bethel University.

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We had the opportunity to meet with Todd Rasmuson (former Daystar U.S. Executive Director for 5 years) (first on the right) and Daystar friend, David Thorson (second on the left).

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Laban spent some special family time with Daystar U.S. Executive Director Alan and his parents and family.

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The Daystar U.S. team with Laban before his departure. We pray for him and are excited about God’s plan for Daystar.

"Christ in My Heart" - That is the Daystar Difference!

"Christ in My Heart" - That is the Daystar Difference!

During our recent trip to the Daystar graduation, many students were wearing the t-shirt “Christ in My Heart…. That’s the Difference!”

This is what makes Daystar University unique—Daystar focuses great effort and energy on shaping every student to know Jesus Christ and make Him known as they represent Him as servant leaders in the world.

Daystar hopes to follow the example of the Apostle Paul’s words in Colossians 1:28-29: “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”

I want to thank Rev. Steven Nduto, Daystar University Chaplain, for graciously sharing the excellent report on Christian ministries at Daystar summarized below. Please pray for each of these ministry efforts for students to grow in their faith. 

The Daystar Future is So Bright

The Daystar Future is So Bright

Editor's Note: This is the last in a series of blogs by Daystar U.S. development officer, Walt Avra, reflecting on his time in Kenya during a recent trip. Read the first installment HERE

One of the many pleasant surprises during my first visit to Daystar was discovering how advanced and modern the facilities are. Daystar is a world-class university ready to meet the challenges of the African continent in the 21st century.

Daystar Scholarship Students are Blessed to be a Blessing

Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of blogs by Daystar U.S. development officer, Walt Avra, reflecting on his time in Kenya during a recent trip. Read the first installment HERE

One of my primary roles at Daystar U.S. is to support the scholarship program. During our recent Daystar trip, God opened the door for me to meet many current and former scholarship students. I was surprised at how many Daystar graduates are impacting so many areas of Kenya and Africa.  There are over 18,000 Daystar alumni and 4,500 students! They are impacting many segments of communities in Africa. 

Here are some alumni and students I was able to meet in person:

The Unusual, Compelling Daystar Story

The Unusual, Compelling Daystar Story

Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of blogs by Daystar U.S. development officer, Walt Avra, reflecting on his time in Kenya during a recent trip. Read the first installment HERE

Before our trip, I did some reading about the historical moments and influential leaders that birthed and built Daystar University over the past 40 years. Our office storage is full of old Daystar communications about the beginning of Daystar University and the fulfillment of its mission over the years. I love to read history with all of its interesting personalities and unexpected twists which shows His story unfolding through the years. The Daystar story is a drama of God’s provision and how He used God-dependent, brilliant men and women to establish Daystar University.