The people were all smiling as they came out to greet the missionaries driving into their cactus lined village. The national partner arriving with the missionaries made introductions as they all sat down on the woven mats laid over the dirt. The nationals and missionaries exchanged proper greetings. The missionaries asked, “Do you want to hear about Jesus Christ and sing a song to God?”
“Yes!” the villagers responded.
“What song do you know?”
“We don’t know any songs to sing to God. Teach us.”
The missionaries proceeded to teach them a song along with the gospel. A few people showed interest in following Jesus.
Within a few months, as the national partner continued visiting and sharing with the people, many came to Christ. They were hungry for more stories from the Scriptures and insights into how to follow Jesus.
The missionaries were able to visit every once in a while, but the national partner was key in meeting with the villagers regularly. The time came for the new converts to follow in baptism. In the deserts of South Madagascar water is scarce. Finding a water hole deep enough to baptize is a huge challenge. On this day, the villagers and missionaries walked 10 miles to get to the ocean and back. The lead missionary, along with a few volunteers from Louisiana, stood on the shore surrounded by the new converts and modeled how to baptize. After a little more teaching and verification that the people understood what this step in their faith meant, the leaders of the village took each new convert one by one and baptized them! The people from the village sang praises to God and celebrated with a meal on the beach; rejoicing in this step of obedience in their new found faith.
Teachings continued and the new converts gained more and more understanding of the Scriptures. After some time the missionaries were asked to come back and teach about taking the Lord’s Supper. The people were all smiling again as they came out to greet the missionaries driving into their village. The missionaries had permission to set up a tent and stay for the night. They got the tent up and began fellowshipping with the people. Some women missionaries were cooking with the women in the cooking house. The missionary kids were teaching the village children how to play hop scotch and the men were sitting and beginning to discuss the steps to take the Lord’s Supper, described by the Scriptures. It was an incredible experience to be a part of these milestones in the lives of new Christians who had no preconceived ideas of what these actions should look like. From the time they confessed Christ as their Lord and Savior and learned songs to sing to praise him, to following him in baptism and then learning what it means to remember the Lord through taking the Lord’s Supper, the missionaries were determined to teach them to do everything based upon what the Scriptures say.
Pray the people in the village of Amby will grow in their faith according to the Scriptures. Pray they will weigh every action in light of the Scriptures and that they will be able to stand firm in the midst of persecution and temptation. Pray for the people in the church to grow stronger in their faith and be diligent in sharing the gospel with their neighbors.
Sarah* is a 31 year old Muslim lady! She loves life, loves family, but longs to be a mother. She has tried over and over to have a child, but every time miscarries and has lost hope. An IMB missionary woman met her in 2012 and they soon became good friends. Since then many have heard about Sarah* and have prayed for her to know the true God, Jesus Christ, and for her to conceive and have a child. Sarah* has been given an Urdu Bible (Urdu is her heart language), and has begun to read it for herself.
This is the month of Ramadan and Sarah* is devoted to seeking Allah for his blessing and favor on her. Will you join others in praying that Sarah* would have an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ during this time? Many Muslims have dreams or visions during this season. Will you join in and pray for her to have a dream or encounter with the ‘Man in white’, and for her to realize that Jesus is the one true God. Pray also for the miracle of conception; that if God chooses to bless Sarah* with a child that she would then turn to Him for salvation.
Thanks so much for praying for the Urban Conference in Harare. Urban Specialist, Kurt Holiday, showed us how to learn more about our city, the people in our city, and how we can be pro-active in bringing God’s “shalom” to our cities.
The discussion groups were lively as people began to generate practical ideas their churches could use to engage in Kingdom activities in Harare.
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We requested prayer for 14 youth from Faith Baptist Church, Snake Park, Soweto, South Africa, attending summer church camp in early January. Having never been to camp before, it took a few days for the youth to settle into ‘camp culture’, but they adjusted and loved it. Every day were two worship services plus Bible studies. Fanny* is a new believer and several others re committed their lives to their Jesus. Thank you for praying.
The pictures are a friend and Fanny. The whole group after a meal. Doing “a minute to win it” games.
Amy of the Garden Route Evangelism Area Team shares some exciting new! “In a previous letter I wrote to you about our new brother in Christ, S*. Well, in the week following that prayer letter, B* also came and prayed to be born again by God’s good grace! We then had a baptism service down at a local river. B’s father refused to allow him to be baptized, however. Please pray for B* to be a good witness to his father. Perhaps God would grant salvation to B’s entire family through his testimony of obedience and respect to his father.”
Chuck meets weekly with the two boys, S* and B*, for a time of discipleship. Pray that these boys would be “filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:11 NKJV) We ask you to join us in prayer for the other Xhosa youth in our group who NEED to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
The Masikoro are an impoverished people group both physically as well as spiritually in the southwest of Madagascar. ISC missionary Tessa asks you to pray for Masikoro children. Praise God for a few schools in their area, one of which is a Christian school run by a local church. Pray for children in this school as they learn stories from God’s Word with their other studies. Pray for the light of His Word to transform their lives and families little by little. Pray for health, peace, protection, and love for these children. Pray that they will come to know Jesus as their Savior.