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Thirty Minutes Surpasses Years of Ministry

Jeff Nelson, an AG missionary in Kenya, is given a 30-minute window to share about Christ on a television station. Following the broadcast he realizes he has shared Christ with more people in that short time span than in years of ministry.

For AG World Missions Missionary Jeff Nelson, it was almost a surreal experience. Invited to speak on the Nation Television Network (NTV), on the Urejesho ("Restoration") Show on Sunday, June 3, he had a sudden realization.

"I was able to present the good news to more people in one-half hour than I had in years of ministry," Nelson says, still somewhat amazed. "The statistics show that somewhere around 200,000 to 250,000 people were tuned in to the (8 a.m.) show."

And Nelson, who is the vice chancellor of KAG EAST University (formerly East Africa School of Theology) in Nairobi, Kenya, just wasn't sharing about the Bible in general. The topic for the show was, "What does it mean to be Born Again?"

"I was able to share a number of testimonies of people I had led to the Lord," Nelson says, "And we had a good response, with a number of people contacting KAG EAST and inquiring about attending."

Nelson explains that the show typically has a variety of experts, generally a different one each week, featured on the program. However, an NTV representative contacted Nelson and asked if he would like to become a permanent guest on the show.

Nelson, who experienced a severe shoulder injury following the first show, has not yet decided whether or not he would be able to be a permanent guest, but believes God opened the doors for him to speak that Sunday.

"The Lord helped us to reach a vast audience and I believe there will be eternal fruit because of it," he says.

Dan Van Veen

Dan Van Veen is news editor of AG News. Prior to transitioning to AG News in 2001, Van Veen served as managing editor of AG U.S. Missions American Horizon magazine for five years. He attends Central Assembly of God in Springfield, Missouri, where he and his wife, Lori, teach preschool Sunday School and 4- and 5-year-old Rainbows boys and girls on Wednesdays.