Jesus longs for Martha to rest at His feet, behold Him, and listen to His words. Jesus longs for us to treasure that which we cannot lose.
Feeling a canopy of darkness hovering over the room, Marilyn prayed to God to protect her from any spirits connected to the fetishes: “Please, Lord Jesus, you are more powerful than these fetishes. You can command the spirits they serve. Please protect me.”
“How will going through the book of Genesis help to disciple this man? Usually you start [discipling new believers] in John’s Gospel or something like that.”
Since he was 19, this committed Christian has struggled to keep his life clean in God’s eyes. Based on what he knows in God’s Word, Berki has consistently refused to participate in a Hamer people’s cultural rite of passage into manhood: bull jumping. In this ceremony, the village gathers. Bare-backed women chant and blow horns in hopes of provoking the boys to whip them with birch sticks. The permanent scars become a symbol of their devotion — even though some women have died from the beatings.
After my wife Jo and I accepted the Canelas’ invitation 50 years ago to come and live with them in their jungle village in Brazil, we never heard a Canela pray. Why should they? Their Creator had abandoned them.
For many elderly people in minority language groups around the world, God’s Word is only now coming to them in a language they can understand. They are learning about faith in Christ in their sunset years.
A good example is an African man in his 80s named Taapro, living on the Ndop Plain of Cameroon. He was known as a liar and a thief, and he feared traditional spirits.