By David Odhuno
“I am sorry that I disrespected you when we were in high school” said Jim (not his real name). “As you may know we were very proud as teenagers in school; I now know better,” added Jim with a slight smile at the corner of his mouth. “I need an encounter with Jesus.” He continued.
Jim and I were in the same high school for six years; we stayed in the same dorm. Since high school, we had not met until the Westgate terror in Nairobi. We exchanged phone numbers then. It wasn’t until January this year that I got a message from him stating that he was seeking out the truth in life. I replied and sent him my testimony as well as four simple steps to salvation. The following morning he called and wanted us to meet as soon as possible. We met in the afternoon in a restaurant over coffee.
After listening to him for an hour it became obvious that he needed Christ desperately. Jim was going through a divorce from an estranged wife who left him about fifteen years ago. He was very patient as I shared with him how to become a member of God’s family and the privileges thereof.
“It seems so clear and simple,” he said, “Why didn’t you tell me these things when we were in school?” I stuttered and stammered and talked about how I was also growing back then. Truth be told I was humbled and rebuked. Jim gave his life to Christ and prayed a moving prayer of repentance and commitment to Christ. Being of Asian descent, Jim was concerned about where he was going to get Christian fellowship. He asked about a certain Baptist church close to where he lives. I knew the church so I recommended it. I gave him a new Bible that I had brought along just in case he received Christ. I asked him to start reading a chapter a day of the Gospel of John.
As we were leaving he said to me, “I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders!”. I suggested to him to share his findings from John with me daily. As I went home I was very intrigued by the power of sowing a seed in people’s lives. I last saw Jim 39 years ago! Then the Lord brought him back- to complete the work he began in Jim.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit- fruit that will last.” John 15:16a
David Odhuno’s testimony about Jim is in line with our eigth Core Value: Families and Relational networks in discipling the nations. David serves as the director of missions at The Navigators- Kenya.