Troubled Students turn to Christ!
Hooligan No More
Martin is a self-described hooligan. “I’ve always been proud of being so wild, of being feared by the other students,” Martin told us. “I’ve never before felt remorse for my actions. That is until the AE missions team arrived at my school.”
As AE’s mission in Kigali, Rwanda continued throughout last week, many people were being touched by the Gospel across the city. The mornings mostly consisted of school outreach followed by mission volunteers being sent into the streets to preach to people in markets and businesses. This type of ministry is part of the well-established stratified evangelism model that African Enterprise champions. We take the Gospel to the people, wherever they may be. Whether that’s on the street corner or the president’s office.
In a school of 310 students, Martin was renown for his wild ways. “When the mission team came this morning, I wasn’t too interested, but when they began speaking about the Gospel and the love that Jesus has for me, I was immediately convicted of my sins and I knew that I needed Jesus in my life.”
“…When they began speaking about the Gospel and the love that Jesus has for me, I was immediately convicted of my sins and I knew that I needed Jesus in my life.”
As the AE team called for people to raise their hands to accept Christ Martin was among the first to respond. Upon seeing his hand in the air, a gasp went up among the other students because they couldn’t believe that the boy they had feared was responding to a call for salvation! Martins humble response to the Gospel touched the hearts of many other students who then also felt emboldened to raise their hands to receive salvation. In total, 300 of 310 students responded to the call for salvation at Martin’s school!
180 Degree Turn
Samuel is another student in Martin’s school was also deeply impacted by the Gospel message that morning. “When I heard them preaching, I was deeply convicted because I have begun watching pornographic films. I know that this behaviour can lead me toward a terrible life but after hearing the Gospel I am taking the decision to stop watching those movies completely and I want to live a life that honours God.”
Another student named Nelly told the mission team that she had been having inappropriate relationships with boys and felt convicted by the message of the Gospel. She raised her hand to receive Christ and told the mission team that she was going to honour her body and give her heart to Christ. Praise God!
We are so thankful that this kind of ministry is still permitted in schools in many parts of Africa. Students and young people are in desperate need of the saving message of the Gospel as the challenges of the world begin to effect them at an earlier age. Teachers regularly thank us for coming to speak to the children as they are often overwhelmed by the issues the children have and find it difficult to address on their own. Pray that this kind of ministry will be able to continue for many years.
“Students and young people are in desperate need of the saving message of the Gospel as the challenges of the world begin to effect them at an earlier age.”
You can also join us in praying for these students and the thousands of others who heard the Gospel during the Kigali Mission last week. Ask that God would nurture the good seeds that have been planted in their hearts and that they would grow to produce much fruit.
Stay tuned as we continue to publish updates on the mission over the next several days!