Finally! We went out in the rain and met with a community nearby with our buckets, cleaning kits, children’s medicine and the good news of God’s Grace!
A couple of men from the local community and Christian school joined us to distribute the kits to the families in another community down the road. One man, Mabutu, left the truck and, with his battery powered megaphone, called the community together.
As we drove into the community, the people gathered around. It was difficult to get their attention. There was much chatter; a chainsaw was being operated nearby; children were both playing and screaming; smoke from cooking fires was lingering in the air making it difficult to breath and speak. Isaac finally gathered their attention. We explained our presence and offered the gifts. But first, we asked for their gratitude by listening to the gospel.
47 households were represented with many members from each. I am not certain how many were gathered around us but there must have been over 200 men women and children present. The gospel was given, and when asked to make the decision to place their trust in Jesus, 90% of the crowd raised their hands to make the decision! Praise God for allowing us to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Alone!
We then handed out one bucket per household (I thought it interesting that even in this crisis event, they fought over who would get which color bucket) and one medicine packet per child.
Thank you for praying. We will do this again next week as part of our outreach efforts.
Allen all that I have read has just put me in awe…..praise god for the work he is doing through you. It is all so breath taking…praying for you as you spread the gospel
Two things, first, tell us a little of what you told them. I’m almost sure that a few unsaved people read of your great work. Second, what are your thoughts on the possibility that some of the ‘hand raising’, in response to the invitation to receive eternal life freely by faith, might be thought of by the responders as something that is required, in order to have eternal life ? You know how when people go their whole life believing that personal effort is required in order to get to heaven, their ‘habit’ of a lifetime’ , displaces the ‘clarity’, presented in one meeting. Just thinking . Pray there is true understanding. Keep up the ‘clear’ good work !
John, thank you for your comments. I didn’t tell of the invitation following the hand raising. Since I dont’ know hearts, I like to see for myself, those who will follow up with the invitation to trust in Christ alone. I understand what you are saying by the “action” that some feel produces their salvation. I feel the same way about a prayer or coming forward or the like. Often people are confused because of these “actions.” That’s why CrossWay International does what it does. Our goal is to make it clear and not to be misunderstood even if they try (Spurgeon). Thank you and God bless