With all the problems that exist in Central Africa, why go there? This problem has been posed to us many times. Is the reason just to get someone to change his religion? Is it to bring ‘civilization’ there, to get them to wear newer and better clothes, build better houses, grow better crops, and live a healthier life? While all of these things are desirable, they are not the reason for missionary service.
When the paralytic man was brought to Jesus by his friends, everyone knew that he needed healing. But Jesus said to him, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” Jesus knew that what the man needed most was to be saved from his sins. The situation hasn’t changed up to today. What men and women need most is to be saved and to be reconciled to God.
Our message is one of reconciliation, as 2 Corinthians 5 tells us, “…if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
What are we doing in Africa? We are sharing the Good News that Jesus Christ has come to take away your sins and restore you to a right relationship with God. How could bringing civilization, building houses, planting crops, or distributing food ever top that? Everything else pales in comparison to the greatest news of all.
Central Africa is home to hundreds of tribes, many of them have yet to hear the message of Jesus Christ. One of these tribes is the Fulani. The Fulani are a ‘mega-people’ group, they number in excess of 30 million and stretch from Senegal in West Africa to Sudan in East Africa. 99% of Fulanis have never heard about Jesus Christ. In the Central African Republic, there are thousands of Fulanis who need to hear this Good News and we believe God has called us to bring it to them.
The bulk of this year has been devoted to preparing ourselves to return to Africa. We have been preparing mentally and spiritually for a difficult field. We are also recruiting others who will be able to stand with us in the ministry. We desperately need prayer partners and resource partners. Central Africa has long had a reputation of being spiritually dark. It is not easy to pierce the darkness unless there is a band of prayer partners who can bring Africa’s needs to the throne of God in a systematic and regular way. Can you be one of those prayer partners?
On top of the spiritual needs, there are plenty of physical needs. Central Africa is an undeveloped and difficult place to live. Being landlocked, everything must be imported through other countries and the further inland you are, the more things cost. Contrary to what you might expect, life is rather expensive in central Africa. Because of this, we also need additional partners who can help to defray the costs of living in Africa. Can you help us with the material support we need to be on the ground there? There is no magic number that will help – everything and anything will help. Some people have committed $25/month, others $50, and others $100 or more per month. Everything helps and nothing is taken for granted. This is a team effort and we need you to be a part of it.
Our hope and prayer is that we can leave for overseas in January 2013. Right now our monthly support sits at about 60% ($2900 of $4900). Please pray for us that God would move the hearts of men and women to stand with us both prayerfully and financially!
If you want to be a prayer partner and can commit to regular and systematic prayer on the behalf of Africa and us, let us know. If you can support us financially, click here and/or let us know and we’ll tell you how you can begin that process. If you want to know more, want to get together with us, or would like us to present the ministry to your church/cell group/friends/relatives, just send us an email and we’ll organize something!
We love you and we need your partnership in this great endeavor!