One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Carolyn Knight
Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.
Carolyn shared many stories about her time in Africa before she joined OMS ... and boy, are some of those stories life-changing! She also shared about her travels to Africa and Asia with OMS as a trainer/facilitator with OMS' Every Community for Christ ministry. And finally she shared about a local ministry she involved with to minister to women in the stripper industry. As you listen, you hear Carolyn's heart for evangelism and church planting.
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From Mud Huts to Church Planters
Silas and Rahab Waweru both grew up in mud huts in the heart of Kenya, not having much as they were growing up. After much hard work, they were able to go to college and earn degrees as teachers. Soon they both had jobs as teachers in Kenya.
Even though Silas and Rahab were discouraged by their families and friends to quit their good jobs as teachers, they both felt God calling them to go to seminary. How could they give up the security of a good paying job and go into a career that provided little security, as least humanly speaking?
This time did not come without struggle, but they realized that God was their only security. He provided for their physical needs at just the needed time and provided the emotional support as well, as three of their four children died.
God eventually provided Silas and Rahab the opportunity to come to the United States so they could attend Asbury Theological Seminary. Silas received a Ph.D. in intercultural studies, while Rahab earned a bachelor of science degree in management and ethics.
This is where they learned about and became a part of One Mission Society. Today they serve OMS in Kenya, supervising the Village Church Planting program there, as well as helping in theological training of indigenous leaders working in various compassionate ministries.
By answering the call to give up their “security,” Silas and Rahab are able to do amazing things for God in their home country of Kenya. They have been given many opportunities to come to the United States and experience a different life. However, their heart and ministry is still in Kenya with the Kenyan people.
As they rely on God for all of their needs, is God asking to you come alongside these church planters and financially help with their work? If so, please give to their ministry, allowing more Kenyans to come to know Jesus.
A Divine Appointment
Anil, an ECC trainer in the north of India, recently gave this testimony when asked to tell about their experience with a person of peace – a person whom God had prepared to receive the Gospel.
My wife and I were returning by train from a worship center in another town. I told her that she was singing the hymns too fast, and I pulled a hymnal from my bag and began singing a hymn softly and slowly to demonstrate what I meant. A man sitting close by asked, “What is that beautiful song?” My wife and I then sang the hymn and told the man about Jesus.
He then asked, “Where are you people from?” When we told him, he exclaimed, “That is only three kilometers from my home. You must come and tell me and my family more about this!” Two days later we received a phone call from the man, “Where are you? We are waiting for you.”
So on the next day, my wife and I went to the man’s house. As he invited us inside, he saw an old woman sitting outside. “Auntie,” he called, “please come inside and hear this.” Then he saw four men working in a nearby field, and he went over to them. “Stop what you are doing and come to my home. You must hear this!” They followed him into his house, where my wife and I taught them many hymns and told them about Jesus.
Now there is a house church meeting in that man’s home.
ECC Kenya- Our Beginning
I recently made a trip to Kenya to help launch a church planting effort with our missionaries, Silas and Rahab Waweru. This year one of our target areas is the Kawangwari slum.
During my stay, we did several days of house to house evangelism in the slum. A walk in a third world slum is not a walk in the park. I threaded my way through rows upon rows of tiny dirty hovels, stench and piles of filth, and hundreds of thousands of people living in despair. My eyes filled repeatedly as I saw half naked toddlers, obviously malnourished, and covered in flies. I wondered, “How do they survive?”
The good news is that many were receptive to hearing the Gospel and prayed to receive Christ! We are working with eight young men who are sharing their faith every week in the slum. They are doing wonderful follow up with those who pray and forming them into house churches. Chai, tea with milk, is the favorite drink of Kenya so the house groups are called, Tea Groups. When I left, they had six tea groups meeting!
Pray for the success of the house, (tea) groups in Kenya. Pray we can recruit many more ministry partners to help us spread the Gospel and use Train and Multiply Materials to disciple converts and begin house churches. We are just beginning but our vision is great and the possibilities are enormous!