Date:30/07/12

Bethuel Bissem

Knocking on the door marked 21 at Prefabs First Years Hostels; I’m surprised at how nervous I am. Having done it dozens of times still, my palms are sweaty and my breathing slightly heavy. A new room: a new face, a different conversation and the possibility of a life changing moment.

“Ingia” (Come in), I hear a voice call out in Kiswahili and with deep breath, I go in.

“Niaje” (How are things?), I greet him in Kenyan slag.

“Poa” (good), he responds, and I’m at ease.

“What’s your name?” I ask.

“Peter” (his name has been altered)

“Well, Peter, my name is Bethuel Bissem and I’m sharing the gospel with students. If you have some time, I would love to share the gospel with you…”

Though a little hesitant, he responds, “sure…”

A couple of rooms later and I go home tired but with a wonderful feeling in my heart. I love young people and thank God for the privilege of serving with the Navigators in evangelism and discipleship. I started working among Medical Science Students at the University of Nairobi in 2010. I strongly believe in Paul’s words in Romans 1:16-17 and so I share the faith with others, walk alongside those who give their lives to Christ and help them to grow into maturity. I also hope that they do the same for others.

And guess what? This year ten of us in pairs, will be knocking on students doors, probably palms sweaty, breathing slightly heavy, a new room…

Bethuel Bissem,
University of Nairobi, Chiromo Campus