John and Grace Kimani Destiny Story
What does it look like when Charis Bible College graduates from Kenya return home to spread the message of God’s grace? It looks the same as when graduates in America return home: lives are changed. But with all Charis students, their own lives must be changed before they can impact others. It often starts with an encounter with Andrew. That’s how it began for John and Grace Kimani.
“So, this other morning, I switched on the TV,” Grace begins. “I find this guy sitting down there, and it’s like after every two sentences, he is saying, ‘Oh, this is good news, almost too good to be true.’” John adds, “From that week, we started watching Andrew Wommack. We watched every day, every week, all the time.”
As with many people, Andrew’s teaching was bringing refreshing truth to their lives. John shares what he experienced: “I had not even heard anybody talk about the Gospel from that direction. At first, it was a shock. We came from a background where God was supposed to be unhappy until we make Him happy. . . . It was so different. It was so new. The change was not only outside, but even within my heart.”
Then one day something happened that the Kimanis never expected. John recalls, “We got to know from the online resources and from the television promos that Andrew was going to open a college in Uganda. The moment it was confirmed, we were good to go. We were going to shut down our lives in Kenya and relocate. There was no question about it.”
It’s a decision that other students before them have had to make, but it’s also a decision Jesus’s disciples once made to pursue God’s call. Luke 5:11 says, “They forsook all, and followed him.”
As students at Charis Uganda, John and Grace were immersed in an environment where they were not just being taught but trained. That is what the Charis experience is all about. “We were taught the true nature of God, our relationship with God, our identity in Christ, our position in Christ,” Grace says. “That gave me a broader understanding of the Good News.” John adds, “There’s a lot of fellowship that goes on between students and teachers. It was ministering to the heart.” The Kimanis found exactly what they were looking for.
Charis changed John and Grace’s lives and equipped them for their mission. After graduating in 2011, they returned to the city of Nairobi, Kenya, with a vision to share with others what they had received. “And as we share what we learned from the Bible school, we have seen people being healed; we have seen others’ hope being restored,” Grace says. “We have seen families being united. . . . God led us to learn what [the] Good News is all about, and we have already told [it] to other people, and many people are being transformed.”
John shares the heart behind the ministry God has blessed them with: “We have a ministry in Kenya called Grace Experience. Grace Experience is a forum or a platform that brings people together who are newly discovering the message of grace.” It’s a very strategic place for the Kimanis to be planted. As John says, “Kenya is the heart of East Africa. What happens in Kenya affects all of the countries that are surrounding us. . . . The Lord has placed us in Nairobi to build a resource center, a capacity-building center, for people who want to hear more about the Gospel. [It is a place] where they can come and borrow books or buy some books or magazines, something to grow on, something to feed on. Recently, by the grace of God, we have been given the license to publish five of Andrew’s books in Kenya now. Our part is to prepare and make available the teachings to as many pastors [and] as many ministers as possible.”
Your support is helping John and Grace Kimani fulfill their destiny of touching lives with God’s love and grace. Because of you, they are changing their world, the nation of Kenya.
“It is so clear. There is going to be a major, major revolution. You may not know the impact of what you are doing through your giving, through your support, [and] through your prayers. But the impact is great on ourselves and on our disciples,” John says.
“Andrew may not have even imagined that we would be the result, but here we are, Grace and I, our church, our fellowship, our country.” John continues, “Here is a church that has come out of your participation. Our country now is on the verge of a tipping into something new because you supported Andrew Wommack, you supported the ministry. It’s not one man trying to become the national hero. It’s just being part of what God is doing, aligning [people’s] hearts to the Good News, and lives being changed everywhere in Kenya. It’s already happening.”