While speaking about the importance of the Word of God in our lives I asked for a show of hands of those who do not have Bibles. My heart sank as nearly every one of the 50 or so at our first bush conference raised their hands. This was a conference of “leaders” in the Church. Ouch! Double ouch! Ouch, Ouch, Ouch! Needless to say one of my first priorities upon returning home is to find Bibles in Makua. There were a handful of Makua New Testaments and only two full Makua Bibles among them.
One of the topics I was asked to address at this conference is the question: “Can a Christian have more than one wife?” This is a very relevant subject, especially among the Muslims toward whom we minister. As Muslims are coming to Christ, even Mosque leaders, called Imams, they come with multiple wives. Another question which arose in our bush conference as I was addressing the subject of witchcraft was this: “If I am sick is it good to go to the witchdoctor?” Now it seems like a no-brainer to you and me, but these people have grown up with witchdoctors. Going to the witchdoctor for a cure, a curse (to put on your enemy), or protection (from your enemy), or for blessing upon your love life, or your machamba (farm), or for a charm to put on your children for their health, etc., is as normal as going to the store to you and me. Why would going to the store be wrong?
At first I drove away from the conference feeling pretty good. Some of the men who were there last time I spoke had stood to testify how their lives had changed. I’m confident that the Holy Spirit will continue to purify their lives as they learn more about God, His love, and how the Christian life is to be lived. Then I realized that my ability to help these guys is very limited as I am only with them once or twice per year. There is a need to have someone live among them who can continually teach them the Word of God. I’m praying for that. I will send one of my Makua speaking guys to be with them for one month but I am praying for a more permanent solution. Will you pray with me for your church family in Monapo?