Kisumu Story Part 2: All in a day's work.
Kisumu, Kenya. I’m getting use to Kisumu and its weather. Hot and humid - like most of the places I go to these days. I’ve heard that our 20 pastors in training will be waiting for us at 06:00 am!
I woke before any chicken could announce the new day. After a quick breakfast Herbie and I arrived at the training site. As is the Africa tradition, we were not on time at all. But TIA (This Is Africa) after-all! Upon our arrival the pastors had already had a prayer meeting and were motivated for the day.
I feel honoured to have met such awesome, humble servants of God. A typical Harvesters training day would start with a powerful devotion. One of the local Kisumu pastors shared on servant leadership and made minced meat out of any ego. After re-capping the previous day meticulously and looking carefully at the leaders’ laid-out maps of their areas where they will be planting their churches, training got underway.
The Harvesters program is a very practical program that if followed carefully and led by the Lord in prayer, it would certainly be possible to plant a church in 20 minutes. I mention this to the leaders in-front of me with a lot of ‘oooooh’ and ‘aaaaaah’s’ and shaking of heads.
It was the highlight of the session – practical evangelism. Many pastors have forgotten what it means to meet the people on the street. Not these 20 brave men, who evangelised on the dusty roads of the slums.
Even children walked closer as pastors are trained how to use the Heart of Man evangelism method on each other.
Today would be the most practical day as we were getting ready to teach practical ways of evangelism. After the training, leaders would get the opportunity to go into the slums and test their evangelism skills. A sense of anticipation hung in the air as I send them out for 90 minutes. I watch as some run to get out of the door first.
Soon I see people kneeling in the dirt. Some crying, pastors hugging the lonely, the forgotten. And I realise it is all worth it. Many of the lonely reached do not have a church or spiritual home. Everyone is registered. As we go down an alley my eye catches a bunch of young men, hands in the air. As inquisitive as I am... I respect the moment and walk away. An hour later these 14 young men enter our training venue with big smiles. The leader of the pack looks me straight in the eye and says: “We found Jesus, we found Jesus.”
Alexander was in the group leading them to Christ. In fact 28 people received Christ in just over an hour. 58 People heard the Gospel. Everyone was placed in a church.
A last photo as our training comes to an end. We re-visit every 6 months for the next 3 years to make sure that churches that are planted are sustained and looked after:
I believe the church is the hope of the world. Hell will not stand against it …… The church will prevail. God’s plan A is to use the church to comfort, heal and be a home for the lost. There is no plan B!