On Saturday, the 19th , I headed to Yumbe with Zorah and Mindra. We picked up Charles at Pilgrim Church. I was given a third opportunity to speak with leading Imams and Sheikhs from Yumbe and Northwestern Uganda. Our topic was, once again, “Who Is Jesus?”. The Muslim leaders were very kind and hospitable, just like in our previous two meetings. They came with a heart to learn more of what we believe about Jesus. The school we met in was in the shadow of Yumbe’s biggest Mosque.
I rejoice in the “open door” to meet like this with these Muslim Yumbe leaders. I am told this kind of meeting has never taken place before. The Lord is doing a great work in Yumbe and I am thankful for the courage of these Imams and Sheikhs to be the first for this kind of dialog. This is not an easy thing to do on their part.
A lot of credit, on the human side, goes to my dear friend Charles and the Khard. The Khard is the leader of all the Imams and other Sheikhs in Yumbe. I have seen, over our three meetings, a great deal wisdom exhibited by this leader. I count him a friend and I hope he does the same with me. At the end he encouraged everyone to continue to read the materials given to them, especially the booklet, Adha in the Injeel, as they are soon to celebrate AL ADHA (Surah 37:99-111). This small booklet in both English and Arabic insight-fully compares this Muslim celebration with Passover and Jesus as our sin bearer.
In the beginning of the meeting we gave out a number of reading glasses to those who were not present in the last meetings (extras as well) and one dose of malaria medicine to each man. In the middle of our 5 hours together we shared delicious, local meal, compliments of R.A.U.
In the beginning we also gave out a number of new resources we did not have with us for the last meetings which included Adha in the Injeel, Is the Injeel Corrupted?, For My Muslim Friend, A Series of Answers to Common Questions Asked By Muslims, The Son of God in the Bible and the Qur’an, personal notes-Who Is Jesus?- and outlines of my messages. If they did not receive it at earlier meetings, an Aringa New Testament, the book, Seeking Allah Finding Jesus:A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, , and a John Piper book in Swahili were given.
I spoke first and sought to point them to beauty of Jesus as found in the Bible. My text was Mark 2:1-12. Charles did an excellent job of interpreting.
They listened intently and respectfully.
Then, after eating, a number of them spoke and I listened respectfully.
After that there was some short back-and-forth dialog. They earnestly sought for me to become a Muslim. I sought to point them to Jesus as the only way of salvation and passionately painted Him as beautiful and the only one who cleanses us from our sin through His blood. I know they are hearing and reading things they have never heard before.
I believe in the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16) and the power of God’s people praying for open eyes. The seed of the Word is being planted and watered and due season the Lord will bring a harvest. I hope that I can see that harvest but even if I do not I will press on knowing that the Lord’s Word does not return void. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for these leaders. We are already working on a fourth meeting. Please pray that the Lord would continue to give us opportunity to proclaim the Jesus of the Bible with these leaders and the people of Yumbe District.
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