Safari Mission started in 2006 as a mission organization to train men and women in Kenya and the East African region in God’s Word. After several short-term trips to Kenya in 1999, Vidar Ligard, founder of the organization, became aware of the enormous need for trained ministers in the country, especially in the rural and remote areas.
Having conducted a few pastors’ seminars in the rural areas, he quickly realized that the pastors needed more than just a few seminars—they needed a school. After spending some time in prayer for the Kenyan pastors, God placed it on Vidar’s heart to start a Bible school in the rural areas to reach these pastors who were in desperate need of help.
In April of 2006, Sarfari opened the first campus in Mwingi and Safari Bible School began. In 2011, Safari Bible School changed its name to Rhema Bible Training College Kenya and is now an official extension of Kenneth Hagin’s Bible College in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Rhema Kenya continues to operate on the same principles and curriculum, and is still goes to remote places to teach pastors and leaders.
What began in 2006 with Vidar as the school’s only instructor, has now grown to include 11 national teachers and 30 international instructors. Vidar and Cathrine are currently building a Headquarters on the North Coast of Mombasa. The building is 11,000 square feet and will contain offices, dormitories, classrooms, studio apartments, and a library for Rhema Kenya students and staff.
The Lord has been stirring a passion in Vidar and Cathrine’s hearts to expand their work to larger cities in Kenya and beyond the Kenyan border. This means that the Bible school will add more permanent locations in certain cities, while also expanding the remote campuses.
In addition to the Bible college, Safari Mission is opening a book distribution center. This will help bring the message of faith to East Africa through the printed-page.