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What Does Lasting Impact Look Like?

Paulo and I met at his place for my naming party. My Sukuma name is now official. The goat was too expensive so we slaughtered a duck instead. The food was good but the conversation was even better. As one of the first disciples our team of missionaries has ever worked with, he appreciates the long-term perspective of what God has accomplished here in the last 1–1/2 decades. His godly perspective of ministry ups and downs was a true encouragement to me.

Pastors' Discussion

If you want to hear a Christian perspective on traditional Sukuma culture, Paulo is your man. This makes him a good candidate for choosing a Sukuma name and one of the most grateful for God’s grace in redeeming him from the sinful corruptions of that culture. He sees the fruit of the gospel in his own life and in others who have discipled him. That is what was so encouraging to me about this conversation: Paulo credits the power of the gospel for preserving him through some difficult situations. [Read more →]

January 13, 2016   1 Comment

First Profession of Faith

I remember the first time I shared the gospel with someone and then prayed with him to repent and believe in Christ as his savior. Later that day, he made a profession of his new faith in Jesus Christ to our group of friends, remarking, “I feel like a new man.” By God’s grace, he went on to demonstrate the fruit of his decision over the following years. It is an unspeakable privilege to play a small role in what God is doing to draw people to Himself.

Last week I had a similar privilege here in the village of Shadi.

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March 24, 2014   8 Comments