Taking the Word to Nz

Our team arrived in November in Village Nz to take the Good News to the T-people. Almost immediately, God gave us an open opportunity to share from His Word, something that is directly related to the prayers of our partners. The discussion began with the telling of a short parable. Then, as more people joined in throughout the evening, our discussion led to one question: How can I have my sins forgiven? Wow! The Gospel at work, for this is the question that the Good News addresses. Our team was given an open opportunity to share God’s plan of salvation in Jesus Christ. Following our discussions that night, and then the next morning with the village chief and elders, a small group of men asked if they could have Bibles. They wanted to study and learn more about this “truth” that they had heard. We gave them Bibles, pointed them to John’s Gospel, and will be returning in January to discuss what they have been reading.

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.—Isaiah 55:10-11

Before we left Nz, we asked the village chief and elders if anyone had ever come and shared this good news with their village. They replied, “No, this is the first time anyone has ever come with this message.” Amazing, that at the close of 2011, there are still people groups that have never heard the good news of the Gospel. But that’s the context in which we work. And this is true not just in Africa, but in many parts of the world. Currently, according to The Joshua Project, there are still more than 6,900 people groups that remain unreached by the Gospel. The task is still great, and our great God is at work calling out His people to GO and make Him known among the nations (ethnic peoples—Matthew 28:18-20).

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