Some African bush musings….While the gospel never changes and the need to proclaim the Word remains the same, I am continually challenged to think about the most effective and strategic ways to get the gospel to people who, for generations, have had little to no gospel witness. Phrases like “we have never done it this way” or “that is not the way the missionaries did it before” are not helpful. Sure there is much to learn and wisdom to glean, but, more and more, I am learning that one must not be harnessed to another’s methodological yoke even if it was helpful for them.
The remote villages of the Metu Mountains, the Nile River plain of Obongi, and Muslim dominated area of Yumbe all require the same gospel brought to them in innovative proclamation methods different from each other and much different than in America. Just because the gospel has not impacted them significantly does not mean it cannot.
My mind often spins (hopefully in sync with the Spirit) about strategies to reach and disciple those in our immediate area, specifically the MOST untouched with the gospel. I continue to find the Lord is always way ahead of me in preparing the way to take the “thoughts” into implementation to the heart of battle and into the trenches. This is when the real steps of faith begin. I believe the Lord has great plans for the Metu Mountains, Obongi, and Yumbe and I want to be a part of it!
What a joy and honor to be a fellow worker with God (2 Cor. 6:1) and with so many faithful followers of Jesus!
“When I go to the cross…and enter into His passion, then my passion is revived and my vision is renewed…Our calling as evangelists (or whatever station in life) is not to silver or satin or silk or stones precious, but to blood, toil, tears, and sweat. May our commitment be so complete that we will make hell gasp for breath. Yes our commitment needs to be that complete.”