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Deserts of Africa – November 2016

26 Nov

img_3135“And so the day we have heard, we have not ceased to pray from you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual
widsom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9-10.

These words of Paul’s to the church at Colossae, are the same prayer that we have uttered as a church for the believers among our B People.  Since 2012, we have begun to see many ladies, particularly in one village, lay hold to the claims of Christ and wanting to turn from trusting after a false god and place their faith in the one, true God.

It is with great joy, that I came away from this recent trip to the Deserts with encouragement in hearing of many who are walking in the truth, after having first professed faith.

On our third day of being in the deserts sowing many new seeds of the gospel among the B People, we were able to return back to this particular village that our teams have ministered in on previous trips.  We ate in the home of Ms. A, the first known believer among the B People in North Africa.  She was very hospitable in opening up her home for lunch.

It was in a conversation, though, that our global partner had with her that was most encouraging, as she had been listening to the MP3 playerimg_3196 with the story sets from the Old Testament.  She made note that she can tell of others who have heard the message and are seeking to believe and walk in obedience.

As you can imagine, their growth is slow, but nevertheless progressing.  It’s very hard in thier culture, as a woman, especially, to ‘go public’ with their faith for fear of divorce and even worse being completely removed from any community, as these villages are isolated.

Pray that these ladies would continue to walk boldly in their faith, that it might bear fruit in due season.  Pray for increased knowledge of God in their lives, and consistency in discipleship among our partners.  Pray for the church to be established among both B men and women for the glory of Christ.

Written by Ryan Martin

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