Kenya (MNN) — What would you do if your pastor didn’t know the story of Jesus? This is the situation facing some churches in Kenya.
Middle of March, FMI will hold a church leadership conference for Kenyan pastors. You can get to know each other and receive targeted training.
According to Bruce Allen, almost 200 people will attend, both FMI partners and other pastors. “We have Bibles in different languages that these pastors can take to their churches. Hopefully they can understand the gospel even better when they have it in their own language.”
Pray that this conference will equip many pastors across Kenya.
Some of the tribes represented at this conference have only received Bibles in their own language in the last few months. Even if they have Bibles, not everyone in these tribes can read.
That’s why FMI also uses an image-based tool called “Snapshot.”
“Imagine a packet of postcards with nearly 40 different images depicting a part of Kenyan life,” says Allen. “Some of these are scenic images. Many of them are from people just performing everyday activities or expressing various emotions such as joy, frustration or concern.”
How it works
Evangelists ask people to point to different pictures, leading to an interactive conversation. Allen says, “It’s a guided spiritual conversation so that the evangelist can really find out about the longings of the interviewee’s heart.”
As the conversation continues, the evangelist will introduce Jesus “in a way that reflects that person’s perceived needs,” Allen says. “For example, if they say, ‘I’ve really messed up my life, I just want to feel clean,’ they might choose a picture of clean laundry.”
The evangelist could then present Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The conversation is different for everyone.
The header photo shows images used in the Kenya “Snapshot” tools. (Photo courtesy of FMI)