Exclusive stories from the mission field
A series of murders of children and young women prompted a three-day prayer event in a town in western Kenya. Church members and community leaders were praying for safety when a young man burst in and confessed to raping and killing six young women. The local missionaries and other leaders prayed for deliverance and salvation as the man’s anguished cries drew more people to the meeting tent – including some bent on lynching him and burning his body.
The pastor of a native ministry’s church in Kenya was returning home from a visit with troubled villagers in the dark of night when four young men stopped him. He was known as the one people went to when they had any problem, but the four robbers who stopped him saw him only as a lone target in the dark. “Four young men ambushed him and wanted to rob him, but after one recognized him, he stopped the other three,” the director said.
A year ago this month, a 72-year-old villager in Kenya known as Shaaban woke up unable to speak.
A sorcerer with a reputation for causing the ruin and even deaths of many people through black magic, Shaaban was certain he was the victim of a retaliatory spell.
His wife sought advice from their neighbor, who advised her to seek prayer from a native ministry’s church pastor.
A native missionary who pastors a new church recently led an evangelistic outreach in an undisclosed village in Kenya where he met a man who appeared deeply troubled, forlorn and shunned.
He had a desperate air about him, but in time the missionary found he had charisma and an engaging laugh; why did villagers avoid him?
As they were talking one day, the man swallowed and decided to tell the pastor his secrets.