Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sowing and Reaping (March 2016 Newsletter)

 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.  But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29

This month was exciting as L____ began discipleship and two Muslim men from Yemen made decisions for Christ. Since L____ made a solid commitment to Christ as his King and Master, we have begun to study Christ’s commands. We read Mark 5 about the man Jesus delivered from the legion of demons and how Jesus commanded him to share his story with his friends and family. This man went on to tell ten cities about Jesus. After studying the story and asking and answering questions about the text, L____ made a bubble map of who he needs to tell about Jesus. His map included four Muslim friends of different ethnicities and his mother.
The next week we looked at how Jesus called his first disciples and preached the kingdom of God in Mark 1:14-20. After studying the passage L____ practiced a two minute gospel presentation about the kingdom of God called the two kingdoms. He made plans to share with a muslim friend from Yemen and to share a Bible story with his mother.
The following week we looked at Peter’s sermon from Acts 2. During the discovery questions L____ learned that if you want to follow Jesus as your King and Master, you have to repent of your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus.
"Do you want to be baptized?" I asked.
"Yes," L____ nodded.
"When can we do that?"
"It is how . . . take a shower?"
I explained that we could use a tub at his house or mine.
"When can we do that?" I asked.
"Next time I will tell you. I will ask my mother." L____ said.
Please pray for L____, that he would continue to be obedient to Jesus and that God would give him perseverance as he encounters conflict and persecution within his community.

I recently followed up a man who had made a decision for Christ when a friend from out of town shared with him. I finally connected with him after two months of trying to spend time with him. I shared a five minute Creation to Christ story and the Two Kingdoms with him and another Yemeni Muslim man at a shop. Both confessed faith in Jesus as the Sacrifice for their sins and in Jesus as the King of the Kingdom of God who they wanted to serve. These are the first Yemeni believers from a Muslim background that we have heard of in this area. Neither was comfortable with a Bible study in their home, but want to meet twice a week for a Bible study in the Shop. I have been able to follow up with A__ consistently and we have been going over the gospel again and again in his language, and he has been reading the New Testament on his own. There is a significant language barrier, so perseverance is required. Please pray for all of these men as the Holy Spirit leads them into all truth.
I am asking God for apostolic leaders in each segment of the population. Each of these men has the potential to reach their community for Christ in a way that I cannot and start a movement for Jesus. The best is yet to come!

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