In June of 2012 I began teaching a weekly Bible class at the local Deaf high school in Nakuru. This class served two purposes—to meet new Deaf and make contacts in the Deaf community as well as to teach the students the Word of God.
When working among the Deaf, contacts are extremely important. Because the Deaf world is much smaller than the hearing world, in the Deaf world everybody knows everybody. To know the names of other Deaf and have common friends among them goes a long way in opening doors with any new Deaf people we meet.
The principal of Ngala High School has graciously allowed me one hour a week to teach the Deaf students from God’s Word. The high school students learn Bible stories in CRE, their required Christian Religious Education class in school. This class is a very shallow, ecumenical part of their public school curriculum. In that class they learn simple Bible stories. However, they never learn to apply the truths found in those stories to their own lives. For instance, they are never taught the beautiful symbolism of Noah’s Ark that points directly to salvation in Christ. My Bible class at Ngala High School gives me the opportunity to retell these stories from the Bible that they already know and then go deeper to point them to the Cross of Christ and His salvation for all mankind.
In addition to the CRE program, many schools (including Ngala) invite pastors to come and preach to the student body for their weekly church service. Sadly, these pastors are normally from doctrinally diverse backgrounds and teach conflicting, not to mention unbiblical, precepts about salvation. This results in the students being very confused about salvation. Often times our greatest challenge is undoing the harm caused by the false doctrine the students have received at school.
Although we have not seen a lot of immediate fruit in this class, we have watched the evidence of those seeds maturing in the hearts of some of the students after they graduate. Some have gotten in touch with me desiring to be taught the Way of salvation more perfectly.
In addition, I have been able to form friendships with some of the teachers at Ngala. These teachers will often be contacted by former students regarding various issues in life. When the issues are of a spiritual nature, the teachers often give me the students’ information allowing me to further instruct them. One teacher, Sylvia, has been especially helpful in this way and has even invited me to help her when she was dealing with doubts about her own salvation.
Having observed that this ministry at Ngala primarily consists of planting and watering, we continue to trust God for fruit that remains from our labor there.