When the leader of a Christian ministry in Kenya hired laborers to undertake church renovations, he didn’t realize one was an area criminal.
With COVID-19 lockdowns limiting the ministry’s outreaches, the leader thought it seemed like a good time to fix floors and other items at the ministry’s various church buildings.
At one of the ministry’s church buildings under repair, the area pastor got word that one of the workers, Jayson Kimani*, was a known criminal. After a brief introduction, the pastor wasted no time telling him the Good News, asserting that God’s holiness is so awesome in brilliance that no one among fallen humanity can come into His presence.
Christ as the exact representation of God was the only One qualified to pay the price for humanity’s sin, which He did by suffering death on the Cross, winning salvation for those who trust in Him by the power of the resurrection, the pastor told Kimani.
The ministry leader said the pastor’s message gave Kimani not just something to think about, but something he could not stop thinking about.
“When a brother who is in charge of the repairs visited to check on the progress, Jayson approached him and told him the words the pastor had shared with him were burning in his heart, and that he wanted him to pray for him so he could become a believer and be baptized,” the ministry leader said. “Now Jayson is helping us to reach the lost young men in the village, as well as telling them to stop criminal activities. We are thankful to God that inviting non-believers to work in our church bore fruit.”
Other local missionaries from the ministry have continued sharing the gospel in home visits and other small-scale outreaches. In spite of the pandemic, they recently planted three churches of more than 15 members each, the leader said.
Pandemic as Platform
As people have seen their need for God in the face of COVID-19’s devastating consequences, the pandemic has created a platform for proclaiming Christ, the leader of another ministry based in Kenya said.
“We have received reports from different churches how they have received new converts who go there requesting pastors to pray for them because they want to surrender their lives to Christ,” the leader said. “And they are very committed; some have already been baptized, others are on the way to decide.”
The planting and cultivation of Gospel seeds has transformed the moral landscape of many areas, he said, as house churches have emerged amid the pandemic.
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SOURCE: Christian Aid Mission