Exclusive stories from the mission field
In a remote area where no one had ever seen a movie, people walked for miles to see the Jesus Film. They showed great interest in the message of salvation, with many of them just waiting for someone to show them how they can receive the Lord’s grace.
Distributing Bibles, visiting homes and proclaiming Christ in various venues, local missionaries brought the gospel to people from various walks of life. Providing education for children, water wells, health care and vocational training has also opened multiple avenues for proclaiming Christ’s salvation.
People are receiving Bibles in their native tongues of Swahili, French, Chichewa and Tumbuka, among others, and more copies are needed by both new Christians, displaced people and refugees. At a recent meeting in one south African country, a ministry leader led seven adults to Christ after handing out Bibles, and children also rejoiced to have Scripture in their own language.
A recent evangelistic event resulted in 174 people putting their faith in Christ. Among those saved was an area’s lead sorcerer, who then led the new Christians and local missionaries into the forest to destroy the villagers’ idols and renounce the power of their gods.
A native ministry leader in Liberia and team members at times walk five to seven hours daily through jungles to bring the gospel to the lost. They must rely on God to protect them against wild beasts or hostile followers of tribal religion. “Idol worshippers sometimes threaten us, saying that if we don’t leave their village, they will kill us,” he said.
A young mother in Africa had gone to a series of traditional healers, each with their fetishes and incantations to tribal gods, in a desperate quest to heal her son. He was 3 years old and had never been able to walk. She heard about a meeting at a nearby community where villagers studied the Bible.
In an area where most villagers practice traditional religions, local missionaries established a base for visiting homes with the message of salvation in Christ. After one such visit, a mother with three young children received Christ as Lord and Savior, and she has grown in faith in small group prayer and Bible study.
Native missionaries are training new believers how to form and teach other disciples, advancing God’s kingdom amid hostile spiritual forces. Miraculous healings at evangelistic events opened many hearts to the gospel, and the message also sounded forth as workers visited people in homes, hospitals and small group meetings.
A community that practiced idolatry before local missionaries led many youths to the Lord has recently seen older adults also come to faith in Christ. Seniors that used to believe church was only for young people are now attending worship services, and workers are guiding the young people to grow in their faith as they obtain jobs and start families as adults.