being a witness
Waking up to the call of prayer is a jarring reality present in many parts of Kenya. Even though Trinity is assigned to many so called "bush" areas, many outside influences are encroaching on what was once untouched Maasai lands. In several of the larger towns we visit, it is clear the in-roads that Islam is making into the Maasai culture. Mosques are built without people to attend - "If you build it, they will come" mentality is rampant among the Islamists in Kenya. If we think that they are not out proselytizing, we are sadly mistaken.
TAIK trips are specifically designed to reach out to the lost. Our number one priority is the proliferation of the Gospel to those who have not yet heard by loving those that Jesus loves. The most exciting part of this mission is that the target audience is not restricted. Regardless of faith, we witness Jesus Christ's love to those who have not heard the gospel. There are many ways this is accomplished and we use biblical examples of witness as our guide. Each person on the teams, local pastors and evangelists, or Nuru (Kenyan Lutheran Hour Ministries) personnel reflect one or more of these witnessing styles:
Peter - confrontational. While not ideal, we are not shy about what we believe; Christ's love compels us to be bold in our faith. Acts 2
Paul - intellectual. Explaining the scriptures in a well thought out pattern that leads to a logical conclusion of faith. Acts 17
The Blind Man - testimonial. Speaking to what God has personnally done in your life. John 9
Matthew - interpersonal. Practicing hospitality and investing in relationships to show Christ's love. Luke 5
Woman at the well - invitational. Inviting those who are lost to come and hear more. John 4
Tabitha - serving. Providing for the needs of others in the name of Jesus Christ. Acts 9
Love is the number one theme of every style listed above. Love for those of Maasai traditionalist beliefs, love for those of Islamic faith, love for those of Christian heritage. As we plant seeds with the pastors and evangelists, we are confident in the fact that God's Word does not return void. God is softening hearts, opening eyes and changing lives through the work being done in Kenya. We just get to enjoy the ride.