Passion for Literature Evangelism

MwaiJohnKimothoMwai John joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2001 May and got baptized in Jan 2002. He was actively involved in different departments of the Church, with the keen desire of winning souls for Christ. Yet in all the avenues for soul- winning provided, he loved the publishing ministries department most since it gave him the chance to present the gospel directly to people of all walks of life.


Pursuant to this he became a part-time Literature Evangelist in 2006, working on weekends and evenings by visiting people in their homes, which led him to regard the publishing work with a higher esteem seeing that it opened new ways for hearts to be impacted with the saving truth. He still felt that God was calling him to dedicate more of his time to Literature Ministry and so in 2007 he became a full- time colporteur.
"Serving as a youth LE was both fun and challenging. I worked for several months before finally responding to God's call to still come up higher and become a pastor. He joined the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton in September of the 2007 and joined the student Literature Evangelism club. Since then, I has worked as a student LE both in Kenya and abroad," says Mwai.


More recently he had an opportunity to canvass in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the big town of Lubumbashi in the months of August through December in 2013. It was such a blessing to him and fellow students from UEAB, Bugema and Arusha Adventist University. To begin with, he had never interacted with large groups of people, more so among the rich and influential, who had such a keen desire to hear the present truth for this time. In some instances he would knock offices, and after a brief introduction and canvassing, the senior most officer would canvass to his colleagues at work. Some would even request to be notified the moment new titles arrived.


Secondly, there were the pastors of other faiths who would purchase books for their congregations, and even extend invitations to preach to their church members and even sell books to them on Sundays. It was such an encounter with those whom the Lord is leading us to minister to in foreign lands, especially those not of our faith. The pastors would also ask him to pray for them, at times also invite him to visit with some of their church members to pray with them.


Thirdly, there were the numerous requests to supply Bibles to individuals and the clergy of other Christian faiths, especially study Bibles. John says "the best bit about selling to Christians within this region is that most of them are very honest, living up to the light they have received. They try to pay up on time and even introduce their friends and clergy to me so that I can meet their leaders to show them our books."


However, there were several challenges that he encountered while working at Lubumbashi. There was the language barrier: most people use French, Lingala and Bemba to communicate, and French mainly for business especially on prices, time and residential addresses. They expect one to quickly master day to day French clichés, which to some is challenging if you don't know how to calculate money or reckon time in French. There is disparity in wealth and income distribution, that some individuals are not able to meet the very basic needs such as quality education and housing. Whenever possible he would assist them to pay part of the price for some books.


The greatest challenge, however, was lack of variety of new books, since the last lot as we discovered, had been received in 2009. It was quite discouraging after all the challenges I went through to get to Lubumbashi only to find that the stock at the book depository were the very ones my would-be clients had purchased years before. We pray that God may bless the publishing department to enable them to order new diverse titles and study Bibles to ease the work of LE's.


Glory, praise and majesty belongs to our God and Christ forever, Amen.

 

Mwai John Kimotho, is currently a third

year student at the University of Eastern Africa,

Baraton, pursuing a BA in Theology.

 

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We have found the Messiah


The Gospel according to John opens with the affirmation of Jesus' divinity and incarnation giving us a complete picture of the execution of the plan of redemption coupled with the privilege for humanity to be part of the heavenly royalty if they so choose to. The narrative switches to the work of John the Baptist and the Pharisees who were questioning his credentials. His answer "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias," should have settled it but they still did not get it. By referring to what Esaias had prophesied and given the stance of the Pharisees as regards the Scriptures it should have been very straightforward to them and should not have a had a problem with who Jesus was and should have been elated now that the very prophecies that they had been reading of was being fulfilled. If their expectation was to see the Christ, that was settled the following day when John the Baptist pointed out Christ from the crowd and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." The confession of John the Baptist and pointing Christ to them should have sufficed feedback to the Jews and Levites in Jerusalem who had sent them. But they stilled failed to accept both what they had heard and seen, if what the prophecies they had been studying was anything to go by.


The revelation of John the Baptist had a different effect on others present in the same congregation. John's disciples were so elated at the privilege of having the prophecies being fulfilled right before their eyes. Having been studying the prophecies and looking forward to their fulfilment, the preaching of John resonated with their hearts and they had a burning desire to find out more from the Messiah that had just been introduced to them. To their inquest came the invitation to tarry with the Messiah and in the ensuing interaction they came to know more about Him. "Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour." (John 1:38-39). From the interaction they confirmed prophecies and the following day, Andrew one of the two who had spent some quality time with Christ sought his brother and the very first he reported was "We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.


This brief account depict two diverse categories of students of prophecy. Inasmuch as they were both looking forward to its fulfilment, they had different expectation in terms of reality of the actual fulfilment. Several factors may explain this. First, they must have had prejudiced minds. The answer of John the Baptist should have made it clear to them that the prophecies were being fulfilled right before their eyes and they shuld have been excited that the Messiah that they had been waiting for was right in their midst more so not long after He was singled out from the crowd and referred to as the "Lamb of God" a statement which a student of the prophecies should have no problem whatsoever understanding.
Secondly prejudice can bind you to the status quo and you end up missing the opportunity to transition to the next level or state or from one dispensation to another and therefore fail to comprehend the import of what is going on around you and thus remain stagnant spiritually. The two classes were studying the prophecies and were awaiting its fulfilment with much expectation. What kept them going was much to do with the freedom from Roman rule and the restoration of the nation of Israel to its former prideful status. But because the Pharisees and the leaders in Jerusalem were not seeing how that would be made possible by someone who came from an obscure town (John 1:46), let alone the state of the one who heralded his coming or prepared His way. It is unfortunate that they were unable to transition from the expectation of prophetic promise to the reality of its fulfilment.


Thirdly, it is imperative that one reads the Scriptures with an open mind and a receptive spirit and be willing to be guided by the Holy Spirit so as to be able to appreciate the truths presented therein and its fulfilment at the right time. The fact that the group sent from Jerusalem were unable to comprehend the import of the Baptist's words tell a lot about their perception. They were rigid and unwilling to yield to the bidding of the Holy Spirit, had that been the case , probably the Biblical narrative of the life of Jesus would have been very different from what we now read, one of sustained resistance from the Jewish elite of Christ and His ministry. Since they had a lot of influence over the people they are as much to blame as are their subjects for failure to yield to the influence of the Holy Spirit.


Lastly, humility is a very important virtue that every student of prophecy should have so as to be in position to receive the Word and accept to be transformed by its power.


Stephen Sisei

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Africa Herald Publishing House Evaluation

Africa Herald Publishing House Evaluation team 2014March 5 was a very eventful day for Africa Herald Publishing House. It was time to evaluate the Publishing House and the Publishing leaders from the GC, ECD and WKUC together with the Union officers were in attendance to carry out the noble task and share their insight and advise so as to propel the House to grater heights.

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AHPH Week of Prayer

Africa Herald Publishing WorkersThe first week of March 2014 for a special blessing for the family of Africa Herald Publishing House. We had a rare opportunity of listening to God's servant Pr. Philip Gai, Publishing Ministries Director, ECD, as he reminded us to have Jesus, who "speak in righteousness, mighty to save" (Isaiah 63:1) the centre of our lives. The theme, Who is this? invited the congregation to try to discover more about Jesus who has accomplished much and has overcome and is able to transform our lives. The success that Jesus had can be our personal experience if we invite Him to dwell in our life.

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