“For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,
That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”
This week I would like to give an example of a local community outreach here that took place on Friday. I pray that it encourages you and stirs you to get up out of your pew and go reach the people in your own neighborhood and world!
Last Friday we loaded up Jesus Film equipment, snacks, and people into our car and headed into the bush. Like, really deep into the bush. The “road” that we traveled on was quite interesting. We knew we were in for an adventure!
After some hours on the bumpy “road,” we reached our destination, a remote village called “Locken” (pronounced Loch Ken.) It means “Independence.” We were welcomed warmly by members of a new church plant there. The women danced, the children smiled, and the older people all wanted to talk to us. That is the reason we went: to encourage the believers trying to start the church, and to help them reach out to their community.
They were so hospitable to us, and so very thankful that we traveled to come and share with them.
After introductions, Robb went to setup the equipment and I taught the kids. The lesson was an abbreviated version of “Creation, Sin, and Salvation.” It was a lot of fun! About 50 children attended, and two of them gave their lives to the Lord.
We played games, danced and had a blast as we waited for the sun to go down so we could show them The Jesus Film in their language.
Before showing the film, a woman in the local government came up to introduce herself and officially welcome us to their village. She introduced herself; her name is Margaret. After talking for a while she said she wasn’t saved yet but she thought it would be good to get saved now. My friend Angela and I went up to pray over her along with two of the pastors. As we began praying, she had a demonic attack. We prayed over her, believing the power and authority of the Living God who is greater than the enemy. We watched God deliver her, and afterward she gave her life to Christ. It was a beautiful moment!
About 500 or more people came out to watch The Jesus Film. Afterward, Pastor Jimmy (one of our staff members) shared about salvation and gave an altar call. Because Christianity is still so new here, many hearts were hard to the message, and they didn’t fully understand. One courageous young boy came forward at the end to give his life to Christ. We know that God planted many more seeds than we could see, and we trust that He is in charge of the end results.
It was an awesome time. We packed up the car and headed back on the long bumpy “road” to home. It was a day and evening well spent!!
There’s truly nothing greater than ministering where God plants you.
Don’t be ashamed to share the love of Jesus with someone this week. Reach out and watch what God can do!
Even if you don’t see the fruit right away, you can trust that God is most definitely on the move!