No Longer Romantic?

Ross

Ross Maynard

Report of Ross Maynard on his 12 days visit with Jim Harries in Western Kenya, June/July 2013

 

Challenging is the word I would use to describe my time with Jim. It was not a time of relaxation and safari trips; tourist attractions where not on the cards. My time with Jim was spent ministering to his people. I had the privilege of entering into the joys and difficulties of Jim’s vulnerable ministry in Africa.

I came to Kenya with a very romanticised understanding of African people. I expected great hospitality, joy despite great poverty and an example of what it is to follow Jesus. Now I must stress that I met many, hope filled, joyous Christians whilst cycling with Jim. However, our adventure smashed my romanticism out the window as I witnessed first hand the real difficulties in ministering in African context.

All of my experiences led me to be convinced of two things. Firstly, the importance of Vulnerable mission (see vulnerablemission.org). I am not saying this to appease Jim. I am saying this because I experienced first hand the difficulties of ministering in an African context and how Vulnerable Mission theory, when practiced, combats these difficulties. I am so convinced of this that I am choosing to do one of my Masters essays on Vulnerable Mission.

My final discovery was this and the last thoughts I want to leave you with. The work Jim does in Kenya is vital and a challenge to us all! May God continue to bless and use him as he ministers to the Luo people!