We were invited to speak at a revival at a bush church near the village of Sinde. We loaded the cruiser with supplies and interpreters and headed out. We took future missionaries - high school graduates from GSO who are eager to test their ministry skills. George, Clinton, Hillary, and Nonoka joined with Karen for their first overnight trip into the bush. We spent 2 nights and 3 days and watched God do some great things. The people were encouraged as 3 different preachers brought the Word. Nearly 50 men, women and children gave their hearts to the Lord.
They traveled several miles from all directions. Most camped all 3 days. The women made several trips back and forth to the closest well to fill 5 gallon buckets of water that they carried back on their heads - that's about 35 pounds of water. Groups, congregations and individuals made the long trip to this centrally located village for a 6 church revival.
We preached for 3 days to a mostly young crowd. That is the sad thing about this place where the average age is under 40. Most congregations are heavily populated with teens and under. If we don't reach the youth, we will miss too many!
3 days of preaching the Gospel reinforced with the showing of the Jesus Film resulted in
45 new BELIEVERS! Right about now we are counting on a few AMENS???
I once asked Emory Wilson for his best advice for the mission field.
He said, ..."it's all about relationships!"
After a great event, we began to pack our things and make our separate ways back to the places from which we came. Some of us riding in the bumpy Landcruiser as we "rocked and rolled" our way back to our houses - thinking of nicer roads, air conditioning and the Chick-fil-A that we never get to enjoy any more...while others toted their heavy packs on their heads as they walked through the snake infested bush for hours and hours until they reached their grass huts where they would find rest on
bed rolls...on the dirt floor...surrounded by mud or grass walls and a grass roof.
...and they have never heard of Chick-fil-A
As we were preparing to move to the mission field someone once said something about
"suffering for Jesus"
I wonder who were they talking about???
I woke up one day and discovered God wanted me to quit what I was doing for me...and start doing something for Him.