Emmanuel (name change for security reasons) travels vast distances across Northern Kenya to evangelise to remote communities. He splits his time between encouraging believers and evangelising to Muslims and those who follow traditional African religions.
Typically, Emmanuel spends three days a week visiting homes and making the most of the opportunity to talk about Jesus with whoever opens the door. He visits Muslim homes as well as those of families who follow Traditional African Religions. He begins his day of door-knocking with 30 minutes of prayer, as well as praying before each door he knocks on. Sometimes people tell him to ‘go away’, some even run from him. But at other times he has an opportunity to share the gospel.
Emmanuel says five Muslims have come to faith since he began working with these communities about six months ago. And about 10 people have come back to a former faith in the Lord Jesus. He has now started a regular Bible study with them. During the rest of the week, Emmanuel leads Bible studies in a local school and for the Mother’s Union and prepares for church on Sundays.
“I feel joy wherever I walk. When I walk in the towns or elsewhere my heart is full of thanksgiving to God.”
Dima (left) and her family began to follow Christ last year thanks to the Christian work in her area.
As well as facing difficulties in reaching remote communities, Christian workers in this area also face the challenges of tribal conflict, drought and, particularly, Islamic evangelism. Sometimes Muslims will monitor Christian evangelism activities and carry out a counter-campaign to gain converts. Muslim converts are then strongly encouraged to send their children to the Madrasas before and after school where they are taught about the Qur’an and how to become a good Muslim.
Please pray for Emmanuel and all Christian workers in this area as they seek to win souls for Christ and disciple believers for the long-term.