We’re always amazed at how busy the days and evenings are. The time seems to fly!
Fitting into the culture of the people one ministers to is often an interesting thing. Here, many times it means, “We’d like to talk; come by for dinner.” And so it is. BBQ and talk. Eat and talk. Then, walk and talk. Then come results!
And so, we’re looking forward to the first water baptism of this trip. How blessed we were to hear, last night, that the spouse of the person who wants to be baptized also wants to be baptized! So it starts. Multiplication!
For many, infant baptism is the entrance into “Christianity”. One is baptized as an infant, confirmed, pays the state church taxes (taken right off the pay), and is therefore assured a Christian burial and entrance into heaven! It was no surprise when we were told by Germans, on our first trip, that we needed to go to Africa and minister, because everyone in Germany is a Christian!
However, when the reality of God is preached, and that a personal relationship through accepting Christ is required, and that that is the only way into an eternal life with Him, then questions start being asked. Thankfully when the Word is preached, God confirms His Word with signs and wonders. With so much sickness and oppression around us, it is inevitable that someone needs prayer for healing. Seeing the power of God at work is always an amazing thing. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!
The Ethiopian eunuch said, “See, here is water, what hinders me to be baptized?” Philip answered, “If you believe with all your heart, you may, ” (Acts 8:36) Likewise, when the people here see that God is really real, that He loves them, and that they need to make a heartfelt decision to invite Christ into their lives, it is with joy that we hear a question similar to the one the eunuch asked. PTL!
Well, it’s Wednesday morning and soon it’s off to another lunch meeting! Looking forward to more good news from the Good News that will be shared.