A Strategy to Increase the Number of Young People in the Jericho District Marrying Members of the Adventist Faith
Author(s)Marundu, Alfred G.
Seventh-day Adventist youth--Kenya
Interfaith marriage--Seventh-day Adventists
Jericho Seventh-day Adventist Church (Nairobi
Missions and World Christianity
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AbstractProblem The negative impact and loss of members due to many Adventist young people marrying non-Seventh-day Adventists is tremendous. Church services are not attended regularly by those who marry outside the faith community because families are split on the day of worship due to doctrinal differences. There is pressure to do things with the family on Sabbath and even children are confused as to which parent to follow. Two churches were selected to study the extent of this problem. Principles from the Bible, the writings of Ellen G. White, other Adventist and non-Adventist authors were explored to come up with a strategy to correct the situation. Method A critical analysis of Bible texts and principles from the writings of Ellen G. White on marriage were conducted. The researcher also reviewed Adventist and other Christian literature on marriage and then considered the political, social, cultural, and religious context of Kenya and the Jericho Church District. A Gantt chart and a logical framework approach were used to organize the project and describe the linkage of activities in the development and implementation of the project. Implementation involved filling out questionnaires, conducting seminars, sermons, Bible studies, monitoring, and evaluations. A final report on the project, conclusion, and recommendations were drafted. Results The Jericho Church District experienced a tremendous increase in attendance and participation in church services from 60% to 85% in the Buruburu Central church and from 30% to 70% in the Jericho church. Same faith weddings increased in Buruburu Central and Jericho churches from 0 and 2 in 2009 to 3 and 7 in 2013 respectively. Selected church members have been equipped with biblical principles and guidelines on same-faith marriages and are passionate to replicate the program. Conclusion The project demonstrated that when biblical principles concerning marriage within one's faith community are emphasized and shared with young Seventh-day Adventists that the incidences of marriage outside the faith community are reduced. The project also demonstrated that by training the members in this area that they are much more willing to talk about this topic than they used to be.
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A Strategy to Share the Gospel with the Hindu Community in the South Kenya ConferenceOruta, Willys M. (Digital Commons @ Andrews University, 2014-01-01)Problem The Adventist Church in the South Kenya Conference has not developed a strategy to share the Gospel with the Hindu community. The Hindu community is generally looked at as an idol worshipping group. However, this community conducts most of the business in many towns in Kenya. For this reason, they should not be neglected because God wants them to be part of His kingdom. Jesus died for the salvation of the whole world; therefore, a strategy to share the Gospel with the Hindu community is a divine command. In the South Kenya Conference, particularly in Kisii, the Hindu community has been there for a long time doing business, but very little has been done to share the Gospel with them. Method The development of this strategy involved an analysis of the Bible passages both in the Old and the New Testaments on God’s attitude towards unreached people groups. It also reviewed Ellen G. White’s writing, Adventist authors, and other Christian literature. The social cultural context of Kisii County and the religious background of the Hindu community was analyzed. A Gantt chart and logical framework approach was used in the organization of the project, indicating activities and time frames. The implementation process involved interviewing focus groups, training, and the use of Indian informants. Finally, monitoring and evaluation was conducted and results analyzed. Results The researcher was able to create contact with key Hindu leaders within Kisii County and has managed to enlist 14 members from the community with whom discussions are ongoing. Among the 14 one lady from an Adventist background has shown interest for her sons to be baptized into the Adventist church. The churches within Kisii New Life District are also willing to continue reaching out to the Hindu community. Conclusions The Hindu community is an unreached people group in Kenya and particularly Kisii County that should not be neglected. This project has demonstrated that if time and resources are focused on taking the Gospel to the Hindu community, progress can be made in sharing the gospel with Hindus.
Islam, Indigenous Traditions, and Adventism in Kenya: A Comparative Study To Determine Effective Approaches To Evangelize Kenyan MuslimsKilonzo, Joseph (Digital Commons @ Andrews University, 2001-01-01)Problem Islam is spreading speedily in Kenya from the coast and the north towards inland areas, converting great number of persons and communities. The Islamic influence is evident in almost all spheres of life in the country, including social, political, economical, and spiritual. Muslims are particularly hard to reach with the gospel. However, this does not mean the task of reaching them is unsurmountable. The task of this project, therefore, was to provide a biblical, theological, and missiological strategy for presenting the gospel to Muslims in Kenya with the view of winning them over to Christianity (Adventism). Method The research was primarily bibliographic, using books, journals, and electronic databases of the James White Library at Andrews University and Notre Dame University. The initial stage researched the historical origins and development of Islam. A brief review about the origin of Seventh-day Adventists in Kenya was considered too. Factors contributing to the spread of Islam in Kenya were examined. A comparative study between Islam, African traditional practices, and Seventh-day Adventists was undertaken. Information relating to the relationship between Islam and Seventh-day Adventists in Kenya was gathered through a questionnaire survey. The data collected through this questionnaire are incorporated into the study. This study endeavored to determine the reasons or factors that contribute to the success of Islamic evangelism and how we could make use of the same strategy to evangelize them. An analysis of the impact of Islam on Kenyan people and subsequently the indigenous effects on Islam was studied. Mission strategies for evangelizing Muslims were developed. Conclusions Islamization in Kenya was essentially carried out by Africans themselves, who shared the same life, spoke the same language, and lived in the same cultural locality entirely. The advent and spread of Islam and Adventism precipitated a different kind of religious situation in contemporary Kenya. A vast majority of the population have abandoned the religions of their ancestors to convert to one or another of the missionary faiths now available in the country. In spite of the many problems and difficulties confronting the converts, it is undeniable that both Islam and Adventists have sunk deep roots in Kenya. The faith of the vast majority of the population now lies mainly with Islam and Christianity. I came up with only six strategies that act as a guide pointing out the sensitivity of the Islamic people and elements that Adventists ought to be aware of. The emphasis is on finding agreements at least on the reality of God, revelation, Scripture, angels, and judgment. Disagreement areas about Christ’s identity, death, and resurrection, and the authority of the Bible can be dealt with carefully and passionately after laying the common ground and winning respect. Therefore Adventists have a unique opportunity to advance the truth to the Muslims, if only they are handled with respect and love. This, again, is the friendship model that I have emphasized throughout this project. The creation of the Kenyan Community Center of Isa is the ultimate solution for preserving Adventists in a Muslim setting. The Adventist evangelist must know what the Kenyan Muslim believes, and must try to state the full Adventist message in a way least offensive to them. Evidently, the survey results in chapter 3 indicate that Adventists in Kenya do not understand who the Muslims are, and that the majority of them have a stereotyped mind-set that Muslims are enemies, commonly known in Adventist circles as the “beast” or “babylon.”
A Strategy for Poverty Reduction Among Seventh-day Adventist Members in KenyaNyagwoka, Joseph B (Digital Commons @ Andrews University, 2011-01-01)Problem. Poverty is a challenge in Kenya today and is significantly impacting the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This problem is reflected in recent tithe and offering reports that suggest that the majority of the Seventh-day Adventist members and new converts in Kenya do not have a regular source of income. Hence, there is a need for local congregations to address this problem of poverty. Method. In this study current literature dealing with poverty has been reviewed and analyzed. This includes books, journal articles, programs, reports, and internet materials. The available data from the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist church is used. Additionally, other poverty surveys done by the Kenya government and other nongovernmental organizations are utilized. From this analysis, recommendations will be made for seminars that will be conducted for pastors and lay leaders. This will include designed programs for the poor combined with a strategy for poverty reduction that can be used for the SDA church in Kenya. Expectations. This project will challenge the minds of the poor and liberate them to participate in the elimination of poverty. It will help in the development of a program that can be used by pastors and lay leaders to conduct seminars on poverty reduction within the Adventist churches in Kenya. The project will also provide a long-term strategy on poverty reduction among Church members which is in harmony with the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy principles. It will also help the local Adventist churches to realize their mission, through the tool of poverty reduction. Conclusion. The created strategy is made in the context of Christian growth; there is a way for poverty reduction that enhances wealth creation in the churches of third world countries. At this particular time there is an urgent call to the SDA church, especially in the developing countries, to be self-reliant, self-supporting, and rely less on the appropriations from the world church. The way the church can respond to this call is by empowering its members to create income-generating projects in Kenya.