The role of women in evangelism, case study of selected women evangelists in Nairobi and Kiambu, Kenya
This study is an investigation into the role of women in Evangelism. The study has looked at the discrepancy between the churches general attitude towards the role of women in Ministry and their actual involvement in ministry. The study also sets out to establish the Greco-Roman, Jewish and African cultures on the role women play in the church. This study also looks into the challenges women evangelists encounter in their service to the church as well as their achievements. Mary Akatsa, Wairimu Nelson, Judy Mbugua and Margaret Wangari were the selected women evangelists in Nairobi and Kiambu districts. These women hold their meetings and crusades in Nairobi where they draw large crowds. Most of the people who attend these meetings do so in the hope that they will receive faith healing and other miracles. The gift of charisma and divination that are common amongst these evangelists act as a magnet to draw people to these meetings. Many people allege that they are cured or healed of many diseases, some of which are known to have no cure. For instance, many people have alleged to be cured of HIV/AIDS OS at these meetings. This study concluded that women evangelists have responded to the needs that have arisen as a result of social disintegration. Many victims of rural-urban migration and consequently this disintegration is characterized by misery, unemployment, poor living conditions and disease. The people who attend these meetings and crusades have a collective desire for freedom and complete salvation. These women evangelists have succeeded in filling this void of despair in the lives of many. The achievements by the selected women evangelists is a clear indicator that women have moved beyond the ascribed limits of sex -Iinked status, reaching for equal partnership with men and sharing responsibilities and privileges together.