AE Admin | June 6th, 2017
The Malindi Mission is underway and God is at work!
After nearly a year of training, discipleship, and preparation the churches in Malindi have been released into the city to preach the Gospel to the lost. Throughout the training phase, Malindi Christians have used their training to take the Gospel to the streets of their communities and many have already come to faith in Christ! Now, as approximately 800 local Christians and mission volunteers from around Kenya and the world come together we’re anticipating God to do great things. Their hearts are on fire and ready to share the love of God!
Now, as approximately 800 local Christians and mission volunteers from around Kenya and the world come together we’re anticipating God to do great things.
The volunteers gathered on Saturday to register and be commissioned for this week’s mission. A local pastor commissioned the group and encouraged them to be diligent and humble as they minister. He quoted 2 Corinthians 4:5, saying, “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Considering the culture
Before the commissioning service ended the mission volunteers were trained on the local culture which is heavily Muslim and Waswahili (a form of Swahili) which both have important differences that must be observed in order to avoid accidental offense which may impede the Gospel message. For example, Waswahili people operate in a very communal culture. It is therefore customary to say hello to everyone, even if you don’t know them.
Clean our streets, clean our hearts
The following day, the volunteers took to the streets to serve the community by cleaning the streets. It’s often the case that markets serve as a dumping ground for rubbish. People throw their trash down without a thought and it continues to pile up and stink, causing a health and safety hazard.
“…once our hearts were as dirty as that rubbish and Christ loved us in spite of it.”
Someone cleaning up a mess that is not their own is a shocking thing to see for locals and they will often ask the volunteers why they are taking the time to clean up something that no one wants to touch. This gives us the opportunity to explain that once our hearts were as dirty as that rubbish and Christ loved us in spite of it. Because of this act of kindness and service, nine people accepted Christ during the market clean up. It is an action that truly touches the heart of many in the community.
Sanitation for the Poor
In addition to street cleaning, a local survey revealed that some parts of the city were lacking in basic hygiene facilities. AE sprang to action and constructed a toilet for a local community in need. This important gift will be followed up with community hygiene training and bedbug fumigation to help them further.
On Monday, the mission volunteers will be sent out into the streets to minister in marketplaces, prisons, businesses and much more. There will also be evening rallies in various areas across the city. Please pray for the city of Malindi and the people that will hear the Gospel this week. Ask that their hearts will be changed and transformed by the power of the Gospel!