Project Documents

Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

D.Min.

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Bruce L. Bauer

Second Advisor

Wagner Kuhn

Third Advisor

Boubakar Sanou

Abstract

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.

Subject Area

Missions to Hindus--Kenya, South Kenya Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. East-Central Africa Division. East Kenya Union Conference. South Kenya Conference.

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