In the heart of Kijabe, a town just 40 miles northwest of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, sits BethanyKids, a hospital for children born with surgically correctable congenital deformities. One of the executives of this life-changing organization is Haggai leader Justus Mwiti Marete.
Justus has beautifully entwined his professional experience in hospital administration with his love for the Lord and renewed passion to share the Gospel through his Haggai Leader Experience.
At BethanyKids (www.bethanykids.org), Justus weaves truth into his work with children in need. He is passionate about spreading the Gospel and about the spiritual growth of Christ followers, and he credits his Haggai Leader Experience for him becoming more deliberate in carrying out Gospel work and training in leadership.
“Many people of other faiths come to us seeking specialized surgery for their children. Some have never met a Christian before,” he said. “I love introducing the Gospel to them.”
But patients aren’t the only recipients of the Good News. Because the organization is Christ-centered, many young Kenyans declare that they are Christ followers because they know that is a condition for employment. Justus sees this as a chance for these people to become disciples. “We have opportunities for many of these people to grow in their knowledge of the ways of Christ followers,” he said. “Spiritual ministry is one of the pillars of BethanyKids, and daily devotions have been intentionally scheduled during working hours so that we can minister to our staff.”
Despite this hopeful community and a country that is 80 percent Christian, Justus is concerned for the many challenges Kenya has to overcome. “Corruption and injustice are far too common in Kenya,” he said. “The Church in Kenya can do much to improve things if they would simply act against it. Please pray for wisdom and courage for our Church leadership and our government.”
Justus participated in the Haggai Leader Experience in 2006 and currently serves on the executive committee of the Kenya Haggai alumni association. Like many Haggai leaders, he is using his occupation to present the Gospel and demonstrate the hope of Jesus to the Gospel poor. Please join me in praying for Justus, the nation of Kenya, and for our alumni associations, as they equip leaders like him to carry the Gospel to their nations.