“If demography is destiny, then Christianity’s future lies in Africa. By 2060, a plurality of Christians – more than four-in-ten – will call sub-Saharan Africa home, up from 26% in 2015” (Pew Research). Wow! Those numbers reflect a move of God in the continent of Africa that has come through the blood, sweat and tears of saints who were faithful to God’s call to go and preach the gospel.
I am excited to share in more detail about my upcoming return trip to Kenya and how you can help. Saturday, November 30, I will lift off the runway in Kansas and endure a long 24-hour trip to Nairobi. Then I will return again, 11 days later, on Wednesday, December 10.
Monday morning, December 2, I will begin teaching students in The Evangelism Class at Manna Bible Institute (MBI) and School of Missions (SM). I will teach Tuesday through Thursday as well along with other local Pastor-Teachers. The class will have between 25 and 70 students ranging from ages 30s to 60s. They will be men and women who have traveled from around Kenya and other bordering African nations. They will be active evangelists, regularly proclaiming Christ, winning souls and planting churches in rural and remote areas. (R-previous class)
These are the four lessons I will be teaching – The Essentials of the Gospel Message. The Office and Work of the Evangelist. How to Preach an Effective Evangelistic Message. The Essentials for a Life of Holiness and Integrity as a Minister of the Gospel
Bishop George Muguro is the Principle of MBI (Pictured left). He invited me to come and says his goal for the students is to “provide the highest training so [they] can reach people in a variety of settings.” His hope as well is for these students to get around fellow evangelists and to be strengthened and encouraged in their labors. The Apostle Paul wrote, “And he gave . . . evangelists . . . to equip the saints for the work of the ministry” (Eph. 4:11). This is what we will be doing. Evangelists will be equipping other evangelists and building up the body of Christ.
Since 1984 MBI and SM have trained over 12,000 students in East Africa. The Evangelism Class was launched in 2015 under Bishop Muguro. Each student goes through three sessions in a year, then receives a certificate of completion. Since 2015, over 200 have finished the program.
Teaching is one element of The Evangelism Classes, the other is practicums. Students take what they are learning in the classroom and use it through actual evangelistic outreaches. We are organizing three. (R-Previous Evangelism Class)
Outdoor citywide evangelistic festival.
Friday through Sunday evening will be the festival events. Preaching, testimonies, music and more will be part of the nightly program. I will preach one evening, but some of the students will preach the others.
Door to door/person to person outreach.
During some of the other evenings and afternoons we will conduct personal evangelism on the streets and going to houses and businesses. This will teach students to engage in conversation with others, listen to their needs and explain the gospel to them.
The location for these outreaches will be in a small section of Ongata Rongai, Kenya, which is about 30 minutes southwest of Nairobi. This also is where the Institute is located. Bishop Muguro anticipates thousands of people being impacted.
I am dedicating the content of this mailing to my upcoming Kenya trip so you can join with me in prayer and financial support. We are seeking to raise $6,000. We hope to raise it in full long before November 30. Here is the breakdown of some of our larger costs.
$1,400: Airline ticket.
$3,000: Costs for festival, children’s and personal evangelism outreaches.
MBI does not charge any of its students because they are so poor. They incur $1,000 to $2,000 in expenses for each session of the Evangelism Class. Great Awakenings would like to donate $500 to help the Institute’s costs. (L-Graduation at MBI)
Would you be willing to pray over these needs to see if God would have you join with us in training rural African evangelists? If you have questions about the needs or how you can give, feel free to call or email us.
President & Evangelist
** This web version has been updated from the mailed version.
HOW YOU CAN PRAY
Lesson preparation: Pray for me as I prayerfully and diligently work to prepare my four lessons as well as my gospel message for the festival.
Students: Pray for the students who have signed up to come. Pray for the preparation of their hearts, safety in their travels and peace on their families in their time of separation.
Outreaches: Pray for the organization and preparation of the festival meetings and the personal evangelism work. May there be a sense of unity, wisdom and direction in all our labors