May NewsletterPosted on May 14th, 2019.
Alarming news reports are increasing daily that herald the horrific facts that people all over the world are dying because they are Christians.
FOX news reports: Political correctness contributes to alarming anti-Christian hostility around the world and caters to the terrorists trying to eradicate Christianity, an expert on religious persecution told Fox News.
The interim findings of a report, which was released last month and commissioned by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, shows that anti-Christian hostility is not only spreading geographically but also in severity, in some areas “coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide.” Clark Parke – Fox News
On April 28th, 80 year-old Pastor Pierre preached the Word of God to his congregation as he had done for 40 years. But that day in Burkina Faso he was martyred along with two of his sons and three members. Christianity Today reported this;
A dozen gunmen on motorcycles stormed the courtyard of the Sirgadji church after worship, fatally shooting its longtime pastor as well as five other congregants after demanding they convert to Islam, according to a statement sent to CT by the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Burkina Faso, Michel Ouédraogo. The attackers also stole from the church and burned its pulpit.
The church was one of the oldest Protestant congregations in the region, which borders Mali to the north, and pastor Pierre Ouédraogo had served there since its founding in the 1980s. The longtime pastor had sensed danger, but told family members “he prefers to die for his faith rather than leave the village where he has served for nearly 40 years,” said his son-in-law, according to the AG statement.
Pastor Pierre Ouedraogo, Senior Pastor of Sirgadji Assemblies of God, Burkina Faso.
As a little girl, Sally lived in West Africa. She well remembers the efforts of missionaries and African believers planting the seeds that are bringing an evident harvest today of the power of the Cross.
This is an excerpt from one of Sally’s early memories while living in West Africa…
“After supper one evening, daddy told me about meeting an important chief of a large village in the bush. The chief had a dream that a white man was coming to tell him about a great king on a white horse. When daddy arrived, the chief was not surprised. After the rituals of introduction and meeting of the elders, daddy told them why he had come. He told them the old story of Jesus.
The next day the chief called his people together. They all listened intently to the Gospel. They understood the concept of sacrifice because they sacrificed chickens and goats for their sins. They listened to the story about the Creator of the universe who loved them so much that he allowed His only Son to die on a Cross for their sins. When they heard that the Creator of the stars, sun and moon loved them enough to let his son die as a sacrifice for their sins they immediately understood the concept of atonement. Now, it was not necessary to kill chickens or goats to be forgiven. An entire village knelt and surrendered to Jesus, God’s Son. That day in a remote village in Northern Nigeria, Daddy must have recalled the night in Arkansas when God spoke to his young heart (six years old) and told him he would take the Gospel to Africa.”
This is why we are passionate to see the new dormitory built to accommodate 240 students at Northern Bible College in Arusha.
We must educate and train men and women to reach Tanzania and beyond with the News that Jesus is the answer and hope for eternal life.
Our trust is in the Almighty God who has asked us to complete this project. Pray with us and give as the Lord directs. Share this opportunity with loved ones, church families and friends.
We stand with the Apostle Paul when he wrote to the Philippians and encourage you also…
“Hold firmly to the word of life; then on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.”
Philippians 2:16-18 NLT
Thank you for standing with us each month and believing for God’s provision!
Tanzania for Jesus!
Joel & Sally