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Sad realities of Mission Work in Burkina Faso

Yesterday, after my wife had a Bible study with Pastor Zachary’s wife,  she told my wife about an older man came to church on Sunday afternoon after everyone else had gone home. He had a rod in his hand and was looking for his son. Since Mrs. Zachary had no idea if this man’s son was there or not and she did not want to get him in trouble, she said, “Pardon! Pardon! Your son was not here.” (The custom here is to beg forgiveness for children that have done wrong.  It went over real well with us the first time an older man tried to stop us from correcting one of our children.  Though we may not agree with this practice, it is their way of showing that they love our kids.)  Anyway, this man heard that his son was at church that morning and was coming to beat him.  When his father found him, I’m sure he got in major trouble for coming to hear the Word of God. This is the reality that we face with Islam.  In many cases, the parents wouldn’t mind their children coming to church, but they fear others. This is not the first time we have heard a story such as this, and it won’t be the last.

Mrs. Zachary said a woman carrying some type of cord in her hand also passed by the church looking for her child.  She wasn’t happy that her child came to hear about Jesus and was possibly planning to punish the child.  As I am writing this, I am reminded of two other women that walked in with their Muslim outfits after church was over. We were eating as a church. They came in, looked around, shook my hand, (we offered them food, but they refused) and left. I suppose that they were also looking to see if their kids came to church.

I have always said that the Muslim religion is a religion of force and fear. Many people are forced into it, and by fear, they are kept. I have seen this so much. On visitation last Saturday, a young man told me that he shared the Gospel with a blind, old Muslim man. The man said that the news was amazing and wonderful. Then when asked if he would accept Jesus in his heart, he said, “How can I do that? I can’t do that! I am a Muslim.” Many times I have witnessed to Muslims who agreed that I had the truth but said that they could not accept it.   How sad to see how Satan has control on these people. My heart is broken for them, and my prayer is that many will come to the truth. Will you pray for these precious souls?

One Response to “Sad realities of Mission Work in Burkina Faso”

  1. David Lundy Says:

    I will be praying for you and the situations that come up everyday like the ones mentioned in the message above.

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