by Thom Cahill
Meet Evans, a ministerial student at Kenya’s Springs of Hope Bible School. Raised in a single parent home, Evans spent part of his life grappling in darkness. He lived in a slum. Confronted with all the challenges of living there and seeking a way to fit into the crowd, he started drinking and attending parties. But Evans found these things did not give him the “peace I knew was possible in life.” Not really understanding what he was searching for, one day Evans ended up at a church where ex-drug addicts attended. He noticed they were singing praises to God. This seemed strange but Evans knew finally he found what he had been searching for all his life. “When I reached out for my Christian friends, I discovered the help I desperately needed to change my entire life.” As Evans battled back and forth with the Christian faith for some time, he recalls, “I didn’t know where to find Jesus, but in the midst of everything he found me.” Evans attended a seminar at the Free Methodist Church in Eldoret for Sunday school teachers. An altar call was given at the end of the service and an invitation to accept Christ. Evans remembers thinking, “All I could think was that I didn’t know what I was doing, but this is what I had been looking for my whole life.” Then he found himself inviting Christ into his life. “Tears rolled down my cheeks – tears of joy!”
Evans goes on to tell of his Christian friends encouraging him at the church. When Evans attended a youth camp some time later, he was encouraged by the bishop at that time. “A 180 degrees turn in my life after missing the mark. I had no hope in life. I now was delivered from despair as a result of spiritual birth; hence a turn around to my life. Thanks be to God Almighty!”
Meet the author
Thom and his wife, Sherry, were appointed in September 2015 to serve a two-year assignment in Kenya. Thom will teach modular classes and lead training events and seminars for local and regional pastors. Sherry will offer administrative support for the Bible college. Their anticipated departure date for the field is in the spring of 2017. Thom and Sherry have been involved in ministry over 20 years in various positions including pastoral, administration and education. They have three adult children.
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