Every Experience is an Opportunity!

My name is Jaali*and I serve as an evangelist among the A* people group in Kenya with Mchungaji Kundi Moja. I also disciple new believers in their newfound faith. 

Recently the Lord has been teaching me to abide in him. He is the only hope, especially at a time like this when everything in the world is in chaos. I thank God for the good health and protection that He has granted my wife, our three children, and me. Due to the COVID pandemic, all children were sent home from schools. Our children have not been to school for at least a month, which is affecting them psychologically. Another problem we are facing is the high price of basic needs like food, due to high demand and low supply.

Before lockdown, I was able to finish roofing the house of the man of peace in my community. This man and his family have been my friends for the past two decades. I engaged the man’s sons with the Gospel as we were roofing the house. This went on for a whole week of sharing the Gospel.

When the roof was completed, the old man was very happy. He gratefully told me, “The work you and my sons and others did would have cost me a lot, but you and your Christian friends came to my rescue.” 

In the past three months, I have been able to reach out to 40 people with the Gospel. Of these 40, 15 heard the Gospel for the first time. None of them have accepted Jesus as their Savior yet, but we continue to pray for them,that God will soften their hearts and cause them to yield to the Gospel.

I have come to realize that every experience is an opportunity to preach the Gospel, regardless of the place. One day I was traveling from our village to another which is 178 km away. I traveled aboard a speed boat. When I arrived  at that  village, I started sharing stories with people, just normal stories of current affairs. After a while the chief arrived. He is my old friend. He found we were discussing the effects of social media on society. We looked at both positive and negative sides. It happened that when he arrived, we were discussing a story someone brought up about a lady who got married to a dog. 

The chief ordered the people to keep quiet, and then he gave me an opportunity to share on the biblical aspect of marriage. The discussion took more than one hour and those who were listening were very excited. The conversation created a friendly atmosphere. I still communicate with some of those people, and they even visit me at my home.

Our work in this place is not in vain. The Lord is working in ways we cannot understand. I am noticing a positive impact of the Gospel in this land. People are developing an appetite for, or at least an interest in, the Gospel. Some are inquiring to know much about our faith, and we praise the Lord for this.

One of our greatest challenges in a time like this is the pandemic that has affected the whole world. We are not able to interact with people freely due to social distancing. For this reason, I cannot reach some of my goals. Nevertheless, if all goes well I will engage the farmers. My second goal is to train at least ten families on how to grow a kitchen garden. I already have seedlings started in the nursery. This will build people’s capacity to deal with difficult times, and in the process I get to share God’s kingdom values. 

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for God’s protection, especially from this pandemic.
  • Pray for God’s favor in the ministry.
  • Pray for the provision that we shall not lack in such a time as this. 
  • Pray for God’s guidance for my family and me.

*Names changed for security reasons.

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