Radical Missions

Last year I had the opportunity to minister at Chepkoilel University Campus where I was instead ministered to by the radical dedication I witnessed with the students. I was moved by Mission experience in particular and I hope you will be challenged too. Read on…

Moi University SDA District (Moi University and its constituent campuses) usually have missions during the December holidays. For a long time, some students were not able to join the rest for the missions because the dates always fell on when they were still doing exams. Four such students last year, however were impressed to organize and go for their own mission after their exam. The one problem they had however is they lacked funds.

They remembered the Words of Christ in Mark 6:8

“And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse.”

In obedience to the divine command, they prayed, packed their mission bags and headed to the bus stop. And where was the mission going to be at? Turkana! They would need more than KSh. 12,000.00 as bus fare to and from Turkana, all they had was Sh. 2,000.00! They determined that they would not shrink from the divine command on account of finances. While at the bus stop, the Holy Spirit impressed on them to call one former student (associate). The associate asked “So, how can I help?” They asked for KSh. 4,000.00, just enough to get them to the mission site at Turkana. “God will work his way out for our return.” They determined.

Fast forward… They arrived at Turkana, even after having done no pre-visit, they decide to start a public evangelistic campaign at the bus stop as soon as they landed. No Public Address System. No pulpit. No accommodation arrangements. Just the four of them. When they were done with day one, someone came to them and inquired who they were and after they explained, he said to them, “I would like to host you tonight.” Amen!

“The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.” Psalm 34:7. God commissions His angels to save His chosen ones from calamity, to guard them from “the pestilence that walketh in darkness” and “the destruction that wasteth at noonday.” Psalm 91:6.

Again and again have angels talked with men as a man speaketh with a friend, and led them to places of security. Again and again have the encouraging words of angels renewed the drooping spirits of the faithful…—Acts of the Apostles p.153

The man turned out to be their host for the whole two weeks of the mission. What’s more? They later came to discover he was the pastor of a local Pentecostal Church.

Now here comes the best part… The Pastor was convicted by the messages and lifestyle of the young missionaries. He had to make a decision for the truth and Christ. In light of this, there was some work to be done on the last Friday. The missionaries, together with the pastor, pulled down the sign board to his church, turned it and wrote “Seventh-Day Adventist Church” on the rear.

A new church was born! The final Sabbath of the mission was held in the new church. The new church sponsored the missionaries for their bus fare back to Campus. Amen! Isn’t it a shame to us how we can limit God? Perhaps there is someone who like the 4 young men needs to make a bold move today. There is a work that is to be done, and it can only be done by you. There is someone God has prepared for only you to reach. What’s holding you back? The means? Praise God from who all blessings flow! Time? He has got the whole world in His hands.

Acts 29 is indeed being written.Image


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