There is an old blind man who is much respected by entire communities. This man is a storyteller. One of our team members found him at Samia, speaking at his daughter’s home. Being a storyteller, he likes talking to people, especially young ones. Every day, in the evening, the youth gathered around him to hear interesting stories about the colonial period. This time, Mike (our disciple) decided to join the conversation. He was talking about the early Christians in Kenya. Mike introduced himself, what he does, and where he comes from. Through their conversations, Mike realized that the old man came from the same village as him.
The old man was found to be a person of peace, and after he welcomed us, we shared with him about Disciple Making Movements (DMM). He was very interested in the teachings, and he asked us to give him a Bible so that one of his children could read it to him every day. Because of his eye disability, we left a proclaimer (an audio Bible) with him. He was amazed and wondered about it because it had all the books of the Bible for him to hear. He said that sometimes his child got tired of reading the Bible to him, but now he could carry the audio Bible with him everywhere he goes. He was also happy with how easy it was to operate, and that it didn’t require much skill. The old man stood up in the house and tried to look for me to greet me again. And again, he said that God had remembered him more than the others because he’s the only one in their village who does not see. The old man told us that over 50 years ago he was a member of a local radio station. So, he started to lead a family group. We left and we went back to our home after the mission.
When I followed up with them, l found that every evening people gather under a tree to learn. The old man is the one asking questions about interaction and accountability. Then on Friday, he brought the proclaimer to a large group. He is now the leader of that DMM team. Their number has kept growing. The storytelling has changed to sharing and discovering the Word of God together. This became a challenge to other people in the village. Through this blind man, several Discovery Bible Studies have been formed and are being led by committed leaders who have a passion for God’s Word, through the DMM process.