Saturday, May 02, 2009

Sharing the story of Jesus

In late February, The Jesus Film changed lives forever in Western Kenya. The mission to Southern Nyanza was organized by the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. James Ochiel and was conducted in partnership between Life Ministries and Church Army Africa. It featured four days of intensive training for pastors and their spouses, and emphasized personal evangelism and communicating the Christian faith. There was full representation from clergy in the Diocese and the training equipped church leaders to be more effective witnesses for Christ in their communities.

After the first two days of seminars, teams of two were sent out to witness on the streets for a period of 45 minutes. The 28 people who participated in the training reached out to 61 individuals during that time, and 31 responded by surrendering their lives to Christ as personal Savior and Lord. Amazingly, some of those who accepted Christ came from religious backgrounds that are normally hostile to Christianity. The high rate of response demonstrated the clear working of the Holy Spirit and was an indication of a deep spiritual hunger in the area.

The next day, on 25th February, the Jesus Film was show at Homa Bay. Over 680 people, both adults and children attended the full event and were exposed to the life and love of Jesus Christ. Among those who were counted, 210 individuals accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. Even after the event was over, people continued to come to us and share their testimonies. The following morning, a man called Otieno came to the room where we were meeting for training and confessed that “Christ had been formed in his life”, and he asked us to make sure that we do all we can to help him “remain a faithful child of God.” Many of the pastors were also deeply moved as they watched the film. Rev. Raphael Shade shed tears of joy and recommitted his life and ministry to Jesus Christ.

We are trusting God for a major follow-up to see new believers connected with the church and strengthened in their faith. The local churches are actively involved in counseling and discipleship efforts for these new converts, and we thank God for the lives that have been forever transformed.

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