The wrong road led to a wonderful witness.
| posted 4/10/2012
Four months later, David still had a burden for that village, but he knew he needed someone fluent enough in Chokwe to share the gospel with them. Then he met Tiago. Tiago had once resided in this village, and had become a Christian while living in a refugee camp in Zambia during the civil war in Angola. Tiago had recently returned, and he told David that the missionaries in Zambia said that he should take the gospel back to his Angolan village. Now it seemed a divinely appointed plan was about to be realized.
David and Tiago returned to the village, Samufo. The following is an excerpt from one of David's prayer letters, telling what happened next:
I managed to find the place again, but when we arrived we found that most of the men were not around. We were told they were out working in the fields.
"They'll be back when the sun starts to hurt their heads," the women told us.
We asked to speak to the village headman. I shared my story about how God had led me to Samufo and how I had felt him calling me back to teach them his Word. The headman said he would have to meet with the people to decide. This was what we expected. But the women started pleading with him in Chokwe. The headman turned to us and said that the women wanted us to start a church in their village. We could share the Word of God with them. I explained that a church cannot have just women. We should wait and hear what the men think.
It was mid-afternoon and the men were already starting to come back from the fields. As we waited, Tiago translated for me the conversation that was going on around us. "They are saying it will be good to have a church in our village. It will help them to raise their children and get along with their women better."
Finally, Tiago stood up and shared the story of Jesus' death and resurrection in his slow, deep, captivating tone. He showed them visuals on something we use called an "Evangecube." All eyes followed his every move. Even the young children were undistracted.
After about 45 minutes, Tiago was finished. One man stood and publicly asked for forgiveness, saying, "I have been sinning against God, and I even beat drums." He was referring to traditional African religious practices. The others said they would think about what we had said and asked us to come back.
We returned a few weeks later with seven other members of our evangelism team. Two of them gave their personal testimonies. Several more villagers publicly repented of their sins. They proposed building a meeting place, and the headman accepted!