It is an absolutely wonderful story of the power of the Good News of the gospel, of the importance of missions, and of lives completely committed to Jesus!
Solomon (from Kenya) and Ruby (from Trinidad) Kendagor (www.solomonandruby.com) for years have lived in Ballwin, MO, in St. Louis County, ministering to International Students Inc (www.isionline.org), “the mission field of international students who have come to mid-America,” about 7,000 of them. Each Saturday evening for years, from the Kendagor basement … or wherever he is … Solomon does live broadcasts that go into Kenya … live … each Sunday morning. The estimated audience is estimated to be into the millions. The broadcasts are videoed and shown on Kenyan television…several times a week!
They tell the amazing story of Solomon’s father and Ruby father-in-law. In the early 20th century, a missionary with the African Inland Mission went to Kenya, Africa. In time he led the uncle of George Kendagor – the great uncle of Solomon Kendagor – to faith in Christ. The uncle led George Kendagor to Jesus. A panther later killed the uncle.
(That missionary might have wondered if he had made a difference. This story should encourage missions and missions support … until Jesus returns!)
In his call of God and response of George Kendagor, son Solomon reports that his father planted more than 250 churches in Kenya. He was the father of 11 children; all of them (two now deceased) went into Christian ministry. With that big family, he and his wife adopted even more. All became committed followers of Jesus!
At the Kenyan funeral of George Kendagor in February, 2018, 3,500 attended. Many gave testimony of his impact on their lives. The gospel, of course, was shared at the funeral.
Once the service concluded, Solomon and other government and spiritual leaders went to a nearby planned lunch. Hundreds of others remained at the site of the funeral service.
Ruby Kendagor saw an opportunity: she arose and spoke to the hundreds remaining. Her remarks were something like: “If you would like to go to Heaven and be there with Jesus and her father-in-law George Kendagor, here is how!”
She presented to them the “plan of salvation” as found in the word of God … in a similar flow as seen below:
God’s Plan of Salvation … His way of providing forgiveness of sins, the abundant life, and eternal life to all who call upon Him …
- God loves each of us. (John 3:16)
- We all have sinned. (Romans 3:23)
- Jesus Christ died for us and rose again from the dead. (Romans 5:8)
- If we repent and turn to Him and receive Him by faith, we can be forgiven, and have abundant and eternal life with Jesus and all He has saved! (II Peter 3:9; John 1: 12, 13; Revelation 3:20; John 6:37)
- The word of God promises that “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
- Among the many wonderful results: “God made him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (II Corinthians 5:21).
Think of this wonderful promise! Once we have received Christ into our lives, God then looks at us and – in regard to sin – does not see our sin, but sees the righteousness and purity of Jesus in us!! Who could refuse such a marvelous offer?
Many at the funeral responded positively to Ruby’s sharing the good news and the invitation to receive Jesus by faith!
Links to earlier radio with Solomon and Ruby …
available now for anytime listening
To hear … “The Solomon Kendagor story! Encouragement for ‘Great Commission’ missionaries all over the world!!” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2014/09/29/the-solomon-kendagor-story-encouragement-for-great-commission-missionaries-all-over-the-world/;
To hear … “Ryan Wagner & Solomon Kendagor: ‘How to place the ‘Jesus Film’ on cell phones in 1,500+ languages!’” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2017/05/03/ryan-wagner-solomon-kendagor-how-to-place-the-jesus-film-on-cell-phones-in-1500-languages;
To hear … “Abandoned in Trinidad at 3 months, growing up in great trials, Ruby Kendagor now impacts nations!” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2017/05/02/abandoned-in-trinidad-at-3-months-growing-up-in-great-trials-ruby-kendagor-now-impacts-nations; and …
To hear … “Solomon Kendagor, impacted by missions, shares Good News weekly with millions via Kenyan radio, TV” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2015/04/25/solomon-kendagor-impacted-by-missions-shares-good-news-weekly-with-millions-via-kenyan-radio-tv.