Several years ago in the jungles of Kenya I was teaching a pastor’s conference when my interpreter told me that Masai warriors were outside the entrance of our large tent. The pastors were nervous because in the last two weeks the Masai warriors had been attacking Christians, especially pastors, and had killed two of this group’s members in nearby villages. The fear inside the tent was intense.
Not fully understanding the situation, I went to talk to these warriors. The interpreter followed me but wouldn’t venture past the tented doorway. I opened the tent flap and sure enough there were two warriors standing right at the door, spears and weapons in hand. I tried to communicate with the warriors, smiling disarmingly, but they remained stoic and silent. I kept at it for several minutes with no visible response. I tried to ask them about their spears, but no response. Then I noticed their armbands and asked about them. That did it, the older of the two started talking and the interpreter could hardly keep up. The armbands signified how many lions they had killed with their weapons. When I pointed out that his companion didn’t have as many he replied that he was a sergeant and had killed six lions, but the younger warrior hadn’t killed any lions yet. Then he animatedly described how he had killed his last lion, blow by blow. Now we were fully engaged and I finally brought the conversation around to what I was doing there, teaching pastors more about Jesus.
God helped us and after several hours of talking those two soldiers and another Masai female who had been nearby and listening accepted the Lord and became Christians (their picture accompanies this blog). That day there was not only great rejoicing in heaven, but there was also great rejoicing among those pastors!