Our Youth Evangelism team – Faith through Love – went on a week-long mission trip to Garissa, Kenya during the last week of March, 2018. They brought us testimonies of the favor the Lord gave them in the strict Muslim community of the area.
Our team of seven had paired up with other young people from the International Christian Community in Nairobi for the mission. They got to minister to the Christian students’ fellowship in the University of Garissa – a place that experienced the Al–Shabab attack in 2015 that left 148 Christian students dead on campus. The Lord used them to restore His peace and hope for the students that still live under threats from the Al–Shabab.
The team also visited an elderly missionary, Mary, who serves in a village outside of the Garissa town. They took supplies for the school she runs there and spent some time singing and playing with the young students. To the surprise of the ministers serving in the area, different people in the community approached the team with invitations into their homes and asking for prayers.
Before the trip was concluded, a pastor serving in the town invited our team to minister to Ethiopian men imprisoned in Garissa. They had been captured close to the Ethiopian border as they were crossing illegally into Kenya on their way to South Africa. The truck they were traveling in broke down, and the driver left them in the wilderness, where they were stranded for two days. They were found by herdsmen who helped them and reported them to the police. When our team visited them at the prison, they were nearing the end of their sentence to shortly return to Ethiopia. They rejoiced with them at the second chance that God had given them. They gave them gifts and preached the Gospel to them. Seven of the Ethiopian prisoners gave their lives over to Christ that day.
God gave our young team immense favor and wisdom. He used them for a purpose and a work that they never thought they were qualified for. Our entire congregation rejoiced with them as they returned home.