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Ruth Deam: Missionary in Kenya
By Selma Komisky
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
– Revelation 21:4 (NKJV)
Ruth Deam was born and raised in Kenya. God called her to Kenya to be a missionary and has been serving now about nine years in Kenya. She ministers to the children at the children prison – a ministry her late husband, Rick, did together. They taught these young children to consider Jesus Christ in their lives. This is her testimony.
Deam shares, “I was raised in Kenya but my parents were not Christians. But, in Africa, mostly in the rural areas, kids usually go to Sunday school. This is how I first started going to church, but it was not until I was in my early teens when I realized it was not just about going to church, but it was about having a relationship with God. This realization came after my Sunday school teacher taught about David and Goliath. It was
then I realized David had a relationship with Christ that I did not have. That day I was afraid of raising my hand up to receive Christ, so later that night I knelt beside my bed and gave my life to Christ.”
In her early twenties the Lord called Deam to Southern Sudan after watching a clip on the life of women and children in that country. She desired to go and encourage these women and children and ended up going to the Southern Sudan and Uganda to serve and encourage these people. Deam served up until late 2005 when God called her and her husband back to Kenya to serve there to help women with HIV/AIDS, and children in prison.
Deam continues, “My husband had a heart for the prisoners. He finished his race well and he wanted to give opportunity to many who would think, well, here I am in prison, there is no future for me, this is it, to make a choice to consider Jesus Christ just like he did. His life was never the same since. He was involved with jail ministries up in Northern California with one of his friends long before going to Africa and when we got an opportunity to visit one of the children juveniles in Kenya years ago, our desire was to reach out to them. Today I desire to continue in reaching out to the prisoners around Nairobi and across the country as the Lord leads taking one step at a time following His step as He leads.”
Starting several years ago as a food distribution center to different women and families in need. At this time Deam met a beautiful women with AIDS. There God put in her heart to share God’s Word with those who suffered with this virus saying, “It has been a blessing seeing their desire to know more of what the bible says on different things.”
So why is so passionate for the women who have HIV/AIDS women? Deam goes onto share ,“I had a sister Janet who had been sick as long as I can remember and the Lord took her home July of 2015. Janet was not carrying the virus, she was epileptic. Yet due to financial struggles, she never got the proper treatment at the early stages of her epilepsy and the seizures that damaged her brain causing her to never function normally again. Seeing the love that was extended to her by my family, I wanted to help those who suffer, or have loved ones suffering with the Hope we have in Jesus Christ.”
Although death is a reality we are must face, Deam assures readers that joy is still possible in this life noting, “We all at one point or another will leave this world (my Husband and my sister did) but we can live a life that is full of joy because we know one day all the sufferings will be gone and gone forever never to come again.”
One might ask, ‘why CONSIDER JESUS?’ Deam shares that when people have tried everything and tried to make sense out of life own their own, then it is time to consider Jesus.
“Our desire is to give everyone an opportunity to hear about Jesus; what He has done (saving us) and what He can do (give us a hope and everlasting life), ” she says. “There is no better name than Jesus for all mankind regardless of their background or walks of life. Jesus Christ being the way, the truth and the life and people need to be stirred up to think about Jesus because no matter where you go or look, there is no salvation in any other name given under heaven which can save apart from the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12).”
Ruth is also involved with Firefighters for Christ audio ministries and works as one of the administrators of Amani Ya Juu which in Swahili means “higher peace” or “peace from above.” This ministry was started ten years ago to help both refugees and Kenyan women in need to find true peace in Christ.
Consider Jesus Ministries
“Therefore, holy Brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus”
– Hebrews 3:1 (KJ21)