Oneal Tankersley – In His Footsteps or What Would Jesus Do: An Angolan Tale Based on Charles M. Sheldon’s Classic

In His Footsteps
A dying young woman interrupts a church service. Her life has been full of sin. What does she have to tell the church? After she speaks, the church and the community are totally changed.

  • What would happen in a community if Christians really started following Jesus?
  • What does it mean to follow Jesus?
  • How can the question, “What would Jesus do?” help your life?

The answers to these questions are contained in a story in this book. Read this story. It will encourage you to follow Jesus more closely.


Oneal Tankersley served as a missionary in Eldoret, Kenya for 20 years from 1982 to 2002 where he was part of a church planting team among the Kalenjin and Swahili-speaking peoples there. Oneal is a missionary in residence at Harding University where he uses his experience in the field of “development ministry” to direct the HUT missions training facility. He also produces Christian teaching videos for Africa and Haiti.

Charles M. Sheldon (1857-1946) was an American social reformer who was best known for his authorship of the best-selling inspirational novel In His Steps (1897). Nearly a century later In His Steps still sells thousands of copies a year. A longtime pastor in Topeka, Kansas, he was an early advocate of civil rights and social services for African Americans and a firm believer in putting one’s religion into practice in daily life