A new life in Christ

AE Admin | July 13th, 2018

William Kimathi never had the desire to become a Christian. The son of a renown witchdoctor, William’s childhood was deeply enmeshed with witchcraft and traditional African beliefs. “We never went to church,” William told us. “Many people in our neighborhood are Christians but this never influenced our family and my father was very strict about keeping us away from Christian things.” This mindset stayed with William into adulthood. He now works as a shoe shiner and repairman in Meru, Kenya.  

Last week, AE’s mission in Meru reached 188,648 people with the Gospel in 10 days! Of those reached, 17,946 made confessions of faith in Christ. The mission, led by AE Kenya, was a huge city-wide effort with 328 churches and 2,492 volunteer evangelists involved. These dedicated people hit the streets daily in service to the Great Commission and we are thankful for them. 

“AE’s mission in Meru reached 188,648 people with the Gospel in 10 days! Of those reached, 17,946 made confessions of faith in Christ.”

williamThe Meru mission was truly a move of God for the city and we are all rejoicing at the amazing harvest God has brought forth. The mission reached every corner of the city to share the Gospel. They held open-air outreach in fields, in marketplaces, schools, and hospitals. They met with the local government and business leaders. Our volunteers shared the Gospel with everyone they met.
One evening as William was on his way home, he passed an open-air outreach in a field but walked past without a second thought. “I’ve never given much attention to Christianity because I believed that any problem I had could be dealt with using traditional methods, as I had always done. Therefore, I lived separate from God and didn’t care.” 

“I lived separate from God and didn’t care.”

The next day, however, while William was at work, another group of mission volunteers approached him to speak about Jesus. His first reaction was to shoo them away but a voice inside William prompted him to listen without protest. “The truth is that people have tried to preach to me many times, but I am always very harsh and argumentative with them. Today was different though; I felt compelled to give them an opportunity. Little did I know that I was making space for my life to be changed!”

William listened carefully and quietly. When they asked if William wanted to accept Christ and become a Christian, William didn’t hesitate and prayed with them to accept Christ into his life. “I believe that today God was at work in my life and that he wanted me to become His child.”

“I believe that today God was at work in my life and that he wanted me to become His child.”

The mission volunteers exchanged details with William and encouraged him to join a church. “Later that evening,” William said, “they called to encourage me about the decision that I had made and invited me to attend another open-air outreach in the same field I had passed days before! This time, I not only stopped, but I listened until the end!”

The following Sunday, William attended a church in his local area.  At the end of the service, the pastor asked that anyone who had accepted Christ during the mission and was new to the church to raise their hands. 15 people including William made themselves known and William even had the chance to share his testimony with the congregation! “I wanted people to know that I had become a new creation and the joy of becoming a Christian compelled me to share what God had done in my life! I am so thankful that you came to this city to share Christ with me. Thank you!”

“I wanted people to know that I had become a new creation and the joy of becoming a Christian compelled me to share what God had done in my life!”

William has now enrolled in new convert classes which will begin in July at his new-found local church.

Williams story is just one of thousands. During the Meru mission, thousands of people encountered Christ and thousands of lives were changed. We are so thankful to you for giving those people the opportunity to hear and know the Love of God. 

As AE mission season continues and our mission in Tanzania approaches quickly, we ask that you consider praying and giving for the people of Mwanza as we bring the Gospel to their city.