Audio Scriptures bring hope to Kenya’s hopeless
‘I don’t have words to express my gratitude to God. I am a completely different person. The devil wanted to kill me but I know that God will keep me and protect me. I believe in the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that says that if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old had gone and all things have become new.’
Peter is receiving help from the Greater Life Concern (GLC) Ministry Rehabilitation Concern Ministry Centre in Mlango Kubwa, Kenya. He was brought there by a stranger, an act that saved his life:
‘My mother abandoned me as a young child. I was brought up by my grandmother. I started becoming rebellious from a small age. My grandmother could not control me. I left home and started living in the streets. I became a street boy where I engaged in stealing, smoking cigarettes, sniffing glue, and all the evil things that people do in the streets. I was heading to an early death, but I thank God that he was merciful for me.’
Peter and others at the centre who are seeking to leave behind lives of addiction and violence will now receive spiritual support in the form of the Faith Comes by Hearing (FCBH) audio Scripture program. Staff from the Bible Society of Kenya visited the centre in December to introduce the program. They met with 30 people who are receiving assistance and heard their moving testimonies of how God’s Word is already at work:
I started taking alcohol after my university education. When I started I thought it was just social drinking but slowly it became a habit that I could not control. I was employed as an accountant in different places but was sacked because of alcoholism. The worst was when I was employed as a senior Accountant at 680 Hotel. Life became extremely hard for me. I was chased from the house I was living in, I did not have food to eat and my friends and family deserted me. I ended up sleeping on the streets. I learnt about this rehabilitation centre from the newspapers and I brought myself here. I accepted Christ in my heart and my life has completely changed. I thank God because he has a good plan for my life.’ Peter (anonymus)
I am a trained soldier. I started drinking heavily after my training. I was so addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, pornography and strip dances. I could not live a single day without indulging in these behaviours. After serving in the forces for about three years, I was sacked because I had turned into a zombie. After I had lived alone for some time without hope, a friend of mine told me about this centre and I joined. I accepted Christ in my heart and my life has been changed. I cannot regret the decision I made to follow Christ. I know that I am here for a good reason.’ Mulinge (anonymous)
Faith Comes By Hearing program aims at reaching the population which cannot read and write with audio scriptures. FCBH reaches different groups including churches, primary and secondary schools, universities and colleges, prisons and communities where literacy levels are low. The programme is conducted on a daily or weekly basis in the heart language of the people.
FCBH gives an alternative to the printed scriptures for those who cannot read, afford printed Scriptures, the visually challenged and those who prefer listening or learning in groups. It also facilitates discussion of the Scriptures, enabling people in groups to understand deep Scripture themes.
The people who listen to the audio scriptures will mature in their faith and have a better understanding of its contents, leading to better decision-making and choices in life.