Day 34: From the Cradle to the Cross – Staff

Though Kenya is considered a Christian nation, ethnic cultural practices are frequently mixed with biblical truths. The need for trained leaders for the more than 80,000 congregations is massive.

One Kenyan pastor recently told his congregants that they could be saved by good works. Sitting in the pews were a group of children from a local orphanage, ranging from second grade to high school. When they returned home, they were distraught. They kept telling their house parents that is not what the Bible teaches.

The children had just finished 30 weeks in a daily Bible study on the book of Romans, so they knew grace backward and forward. But the timing wasn’t just an unlucky coincidence for that particular pastor—these children were in the middle of a 553-week Bible study. That’s more than 10 years of memory verses and study questions. The curriculum was written by Reformed theologians and is used—partially or completely—in orphanages, church schools, widows’ groups, and partner churches in Africa. Thousands of students, teachers, employees, church leaders, and church members have used it to study the Bible.

In a country that’s full of churches, yet also full of false teaching, such a curriculum is a true gift. Can you imagine what the Lord can do with these children if they grow up believing these gospel truths with all their hearts? Oh Lord, may it be so!

Ways to pray:

Praise for this theologically rich, in-depth Bible study program
For openings to begin these Bible studies in more schools throughout Africa
For the thousands of confused Christians in Kenya and throughout Africa, who still try to keep the law with their own strength

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” Deuteronomy 6:4–8

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