The preacher of the Youth Week of Prayer, Pr. Naftali Gekonge ‘s voice boomed over the microphone. His challenge: “Invite your friends this week!” Expounding further, he said, “Invite Family, on Adventist Classmates and Backsliders for this week is the week of reclaiming.” It almost sounded like the casual challenge we often received at church save for two things: Firstly, it carried with it the missionary work on part of the participants and secondly, it came witha reward for those who invited an Adventist, a backslider and non-Adventist. The latter receiving the greater marks. My heart was stirred and my mind started racking for the friends and family who had backslidden in their faith.
Came the final Sabbath. The winners were announced from the 4th runners up as Amb. Prof. Sam Ongeri; 3rd runners up as Sis. Asenath Ongeri; 2nd runners up as Sis. Petronilla Arunga; and 1st runners up as Bro. Geoffrey Asanyo.
I must say I was very surprised that the runners up consisted of only old folks. Surprised too because our previous Youth Week of prayers had minimal attendance by older folk. Now here they stood, having not only attended but actively participated by outstandingly inviting guests day after day.
In retrospect, I think about the older folk and get challenged that despite their busy schedules they have time to actively serve the Lord. I mean, if we were to mention at the most basic level: Prof. Ongeri is an Ambassador of the State, Sis. Asenath is a new judge (congratulations) and author; Sis. Petronilla runs a catering business and Bro. Asanyo is a businessman. Pr. Gekonge said
they had caused the angels in heaven to smileby their missionary spirit.
Then came the grand finale! Drums rolling! Melanie Osuri was declared the Evangelist of the week. You would not pick her out from the crowd. No, you would not, for nothing about her height or face stands out save for her smile, passion and commitment to godly and goodly things. She is only but 22 years and a 4th year undergraduate pharmacy student at the University of Nairobi. We could imagine that this being her final year, it is busy and rigorous. Yet she invited over ten of her friends from School. We asked her how she did this and she disclosed that she kept telling her friends to come to the most awesome place they had ever been. When the friends came, they were richly blessed.
When was the last time we presented the church as the most awesome place ever to our friends? It really is. Anywhere Jesus abides and any place Jesus has called his dwelling place is nothing but tremendously rich with blessings and an acquaintance with Him is life-changing for the good.
So why not challenge yourself and become one of the Christ’s Ambassador’s? Invite friends to church. Smile for God is good. Represent Christ in your demeanour and I am sure there will be a crown waiting for you in glory