Arrested by Grace - Bonji's Story

AE Admin | September 11th, 2018

Boniface (Bonji) Mutuma was a thief; a member of a criminal gang in Meru, Kenya which regularly terrorized local neighborhoods. “We needed money for drugs,” Bonji said. “There were six of us who would rob people’s homes at night or even mug people on their way home from work.” 

Bonji and his friends became well known in their neighborhood and as the locals began to get fed up with the robberies, Bonji and his friends began getting death threats. “People began to follow me and threaten to burn me alive,” he told us.” My friends fled the area, but I had nowhere else to go so I stayed around.”

BonjiWhen yet another robbery occurred, everyone suspected Bonji and began searching for him. Fearing that his life was in danger, he found a hiding place and stayed there all day. “I wasn’t involved in that robbery,” Bonji told us, but I know they wouldn’t believe me. They would simply kill me.” 

“When yet another robbery occurred, everyone suspected Bonji and began searching for him. Fearing that his life was in danger, he found a hiding place and stayed there all day.”

From his hiding place, he soon saw people going from door to door, speaking to people. “I thought they were the ones searching for me,” he said. They would have passed me by but I began to cough and gave myself away. I started to run away when they explained that they were with the Meru Mission and had come to tell me about Jesus.”

The team of volunteer evangelists were part of AE’s mission to Meru Kenya in July 2018. The mission saw over 188,600 people reached with the Gospel and of those nearly 18,000 made confessions of faith in Christ. Bonji was one of them.

“The mission saw over 188,600 people reached with the Gospel and of those nearly 18,000 made confessions of faith in Christ. Bonji was one of them.”

“As they spoke to me about the Gospel, everything else faded away and I began to examine my life; how rebellious I had been since a young age. I had nothing, not even eternal life or a relationship with God. I knew I needed to make a choice and I made one that morning. I invited Jesus into my life and made a commitment to salvation for the very first time.”
As the preacher spoke to Bonji the men who where looking for him also arrived and another person from the mission team began preaching to them. Two of those men made commitments to Christ as well and then they shared with the mission team that they had come to do Bonji harm because of the robbery reports. 
The mission team were able to convince the men to let Bonji go unharmed as he had already been arrested by the Word of God. “He is a new creation,” Bishop Mithika told the men. “I will deliberately walk with him and ensure that he continues on his new path of faith.” Bonji also promised in front of the mission team and the men that he will change and no longer take part in crime or drugs.

“I am thanking God for finding me and rescuing me from my sin and from certain death.” Through the mission team, I had been able to get a job which has changed my life for the better. I can also walk through the streets here without fear as the people have seen a change in me.”

“I am thanking God for finding me and rescuing me from my sin and from certain death.”

Bonji is taking part in discipleship classes and going to Sunday services. Because of you and God’s grace, Bonji is alive today and an amazing example of the freedom found in salvation. Thank you!