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The role of Christian institutions in witnessing to students of the Muslim faith: The case of the University of Eastern African Baraton in Kenya

Rebecca J. Lagat
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2094 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2094 | © 2016 Rebecca J. Lagat | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 January 2016 | Published: 25 November 2016

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Rebecca J. Lagat, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


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Abstract

The University of Eastern African, Baraton (UEAB) mission is concerned with providing a religious education in a holistic environment. This includes education in the gospel globally by recruiting students from all spheres including those of other faiths. The aim is witnessing to them during their four-year stay at the institution with the hope of introducing them to the Adventist faith. The main focus of this study was to establish whether the UEAB was true to its basic philosophy of witnessing to people of other faiths – in this case by engaging Muslim students. A qualitative-research design was adopted for the study. The data was collected by means of document analysis, interviews and observations. Fifteen administrators and twelve Muslim students were used for the investigation. The study investigated the strategies and channels to evangelise students from other faiths contextually, and ascertain whether the UEAB indeed is living up to its own vision and mission. Recommendations are put forward to engage students from other faiths through more personnel and, for instance, new strategies to engage the Muslims on campus through friendship evangelisation.


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Christianity; institutions; other faiths; Muslims

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