When we started reaching out to the excluded, we wondered if they would ever believe the gospel because of their hostilities and resistance. There was no unreached community that we visited that did not threaten us.
Our efforts have generally met with strong opposition and most of the time we have been inclined to give in to their threats. But one thing we never stopped doing was continually asking the Holy Spirit to touch them and make their hearts fertile for the gospel.
We have had several amazing experiences where there were manifestations of the power of the Holy Spirit. In a particular community, we were chased out of the village with swords, sticks and stones. The attack was orchestrated by a woman (wife of the high priest). She mobilized the whole community against our team and made it clear that they do not want the God of Christians. Any effort to spend a night in their community proved impossible. The hostility was too strong.
We left this village frustrated, dejected and hungry because we did not have the opportunity to cook a meal after about 10 hours on the road. We biked all night to the nearest town where we spent the rest of the night. When we returned to our base, we decided not to return to this community for fear of being killed, but we continued to pray that the Holy Spirit would touch their hearts, and especially the heart of the wife of the high priest of Maijero Idol. .
After about two months, the Holy Spirit convinced me to return to this community. I resisted the inducement, but one fateful day I made my decision and informed my team that we were going back. When we got there, we met the wife of the high priest. She asked why we had come back despite all the warnings.
I took the time to explain to him that it was the love for the people of the community that made us come back and that we were sent by the God who created them and who made Heaven and Earth. I hastily preached Christ to him and told him that Christ would come to live among them and reign over the community. I noticed a change in her face, and she made a startling remark, “The way you talk about this Jesus, he seems like a rich man. Please tell him not to come to this village because we don’t have a good house for him to live on, good food to eat and no clean water to drink. “
I then had the opportunity to refer to the “unknown God” that Paul preached in Athens (Acts 17:23). She finally bowed to the saving power of Christ. She gave us a hut to sleep in and told us to get out of the village very early in the morning, to avoid the villagers. She promised that she would speak to everyone in the community and see us again soon.
When we returned, she mobilized the whole village and we preached a little sermon to everyone. The whole community repented and accepted Christ. The only person who resisted was this woman’s husband, who upon hearing him preach Christ to him, also gave his life to Jesus.
On our next visit, we saw people from other villages. As they approached, they shouted “we want to become Christians”. We were surprised and asked them how they came to know about Christianity. They said that the High Priest’s wife told them all about how Jesus transformed his life.
When we asked her what motivated her to move from place to place to tell people about Jesus, she said, “I can’t stay quite after Jesus has forgiven me for my feelings. sins and saved me. I cannot be silent. I must tell others about the goodness of the God of Christians. “
It was the work of the Holy Spirit. It’s amazing that the same woman who organized an attack on us later became our best friend and gospel worker. Alleluia!
We have uploaded a video of this amazing woman to the Mission Impact Stories page of our website. It is a real instrument in the mandate of the Great Commission. Her husband has gone to the Lord, so let’s regularly support her in prayer. She is an inspiration and has given us the reason to continue reaching the excluded, whatever the challenges.
We will remain forever grateful to the Holy Spirit who brings salvation to all people. All praise be to God.
Oscar Amaechina is the President of Afri-Mission and Evangelism Network, Abuja, Nigeria. His call is to take the gospel where no one has preached or heard of Jesus. He is the author of the book The mystery of the cross revealed.