Ester, whom we lovingly refer to as our Mozambican daughter, calls her children’s club The Righteous Generation Children’s Center (Centro Infantil Geração Justa). Many of the children in attendance (young ones Saturday morning; youth meet Saturday afternoon) come from traditional Islamic families.
While Ester’s main objective is to introduce the children to Christ, she also teaches them math, and reading & writing in both Portuguese and English. At one point she lost about half of her kids due to upset Muslim parents who discovered she was teaching about Jesus. Yet the children began to return during the subsequent weeks and she continues to have approximately 40 students each Saturday.
Out of the blue one day a few of the Muslim mothers showed up to speak with Ester. They expressed how pleased they were that their children are now obeying them because of her teaching. They wondered if she would be willing to teach them every day! Well, she isn’t able to do that, but now she has also decided to start a women’s Discovery Bible Study with some of these women. Now they can discover what their children are discovering about a personal God who loves them.
Now four of the older children have expressed a desire to receive Christ and be baptized, which normally we’d simply rejoice and go to the lake! But this act poses a potential problem within their strong Muslim village community who will ostracize or chasten the child or family unit and may potentially destroy the established children’s group. Please pray with us for God’s wisdom…