Kenya (MNN) — In Africa, many false teachers distort Christianity to their own advantage.
The BBC’s Africa Eye recently visited one cult in Uganda known as the Faith of Unity. They teach Jesus did not exist, and that their leader had supernatural powers. Reporters also visited the site where a rogue pastor and his wife sacrificed a child.
FMI’s Bruce Allen shares his own experience on a trip to Kenya. “One of the tracks I picked up at the airport in Nairobi says, ‘Jesus gives business breakthroughs here!’ It mentions their church name. And it’s all about how Jesus wants to prosper your business, and that Jesus is the solution to your career challenges. Since coming to XYZ church, they have earned their PHD.”
Kenya pastor’s conference
That’s one reason FMI gathered pastors in Kenya together for a conference in March. Friends and partners of FMI learned from each other and built connections.
The goal? Becoming like Jesus. Allen says, “Jesus was the epitome of servant-style leadership. Even the very day when his disciples are bickering over which one of them is greatest, He humbles himself and washes their feet. So often in these nominal or cult gatherings, it’s all about the control, the fame, the power that that speaker embodies.”
Pray these pastors will display the character of Jesus to people across Kenya who have been hurt by false teaching.
Many Sunday school teachers and church elders joined the conference as well, from all over Kenya. Allen says, “It was not just a lecture format. There was a lot of Q&A going on, casual conversations during break times that were really productive, almost as fruitful as the seminar content.”
“Over the course of four days, we had the opportunity for about 20 different sessions.”
The conference didn’t just teach pastors, it equipped them to make disciples. They even received training on how to use the Snapshot evangelism tool, a set of picture cards that can easily start a conversation about Jesus.
Header photo courtesy of FMI.