“Could God love a Maasai like
me with no education?”
As a teen living in Central America, Henry left his Christian
roots behind. “I was always judging others; so I left the
church,” he says. Losing himself to alcohol, he let his friends
carry him away. “I was not okay. But every time I tried to quit
the addiction, I couldn’t do it. “
Later, after marrying and having a family, Henry worried about
what would become of his children if something happened to
him. “That’s when I came back to the ways of Jesus Christ.” He
told his wife that they we were going to start attending church.
“I saw the need in my life, and I rested in God’s promise that He
would finish the work He had begun in me.”
HUNGRY for GOD in Central America
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Back in a church family and reconciled with God, Henry
found the freedom he had desired for so long.
Recognizing a call on his life, Henry’s denomination
invited him to join their long-term plan of starting new
churches. He was trained to be a church planter through
a local ministry supported by Bible League Canada.
Henry started a church in a neighbourhood where
people were hungry for God. First, one family joined him
and then two more. Now, around 15 disciples belong to
Henry continues to reach out in the community.
Some people are not interested in his message, but
will accept prayer. “One day, I was visiting a lady who
began to have a lot of pain in her stomach. We prayed
for her and she received healing. She is now part of
our group.” Testimonies like this show people in the
neighbourhood, little by little, that God is real and that
they can cry out to Him.
While much of Central America is officially Catholic,
many people do not walk with Jesus as their Lord and
Saviour. They live in darkness like Henry did before he
returned to Christ. With support from Bible League
Canada, believers are being trained to start new
churches and to help transform their communities.
Kenya, the church started an adult literacy program. The
Maassai believers learned to read the Bible on their own
and now they use their knowledge to share the love of
God with people in their community.
As a result of living in poverty and being forced to
work from a young age just to survive, many adults
in Kenya are illiterate. Through Bible Based literacy
courses Bible League Canada equips students with
important skills while also introducing them to Jesus.