From Our President
GOD'S HIDDEN SOLDIERS
In 2 Chronicles 16:9, we read: “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (NASB)
Since 1953, Christian Aid Mission supporters like you have helped us search the world over to find people whose hearts are “completely His.”
I’m talking about dedicated native missionaries, quietly building God’s Kingdom among their own people in lands of deep poverty.
They suffer greatly for the name of Christ. They put themselves in danger to proclaim the gospel to people trapped in the darkness of idol worship and false religion. They march long hours through humid jungles, teeming with poisonous snakes and insects. They suffer through bouts of malaria.
They go hungry—because they can’t afford to feed themselves and their children.
Not many people know about these hidden soldiers for Christ, but God sees them. And He has revealed them to us so that we will help them.
YOU CHANGE EVERYTHING
When you support a native missionary, you remove a great burden from their shoulders. You help them feed their families and answer the call of the Lord on their lives. You change everything.
Christian Aid Mission assists native missionaries in Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa whose citizens suffered through a civil war that lasted from 1991 to 2002.
Rebel soldiers’ favorite method of warfare was cutting off civilians’ arms, legs, hands, feet, and ears. Thousands of amputees barely survive in a country of grinding poverty, where more than 70 percent of the population earns less than $2 a day.
In this inhospitable environment, a man named Mitford Macauley rose to the task for which God had called him. In 1997, during a raging civil war, he started Trinity Gospel Ministry, an outreach to share Christ’s love, hope, and truth with physically and emotionally wounded people.
Macauley and his ministry coworkers did what they could, but they were as destitute as those whom they were trying to help.
Then Christian Aid Mission discovered them...
With support from people like you, Macauley and his coworkers were able to meet the practical needs of amputees, widows, and orphans in camps for the internally displaced. Before long, they’d planted a church in one of these camps.
Regular support helped them start a school of missions, where local followers of Christ learn how to effectively share the gospel in Sierra Leone’s hostile atmosphere.
Fueled by oil-rich Arab countries, Muslim missionaries have converted more than 60 percent of Sierra Leone’s population to Islam. Another 30 percent practice animism and witchcraft.
These are the gates of hell that Macauley and his coworkers are storming. And because people like you stand behind them, they are able to give reports like this:
“We have just completed a six-week gospel campaign in 22 villages in two chiefdoms in Sierra Leone with tremendous results. Thousands of people turned from their sins of immorality, idolatry, and occultism. During our film shows and crusades, we saw hundreds of people encountering the power of God in deliverance from sickness and diseases, and also from demon possessions and oppression.”
No one in those 22 villages knew Christ before Macauley and his team showed up. Now, hundreds know Him. Of these hundreds, Macauley selected 109 potential church planters to attend a three-day retreat where they were baptized and taught from the Bible. Macauley reports a “100 percent potential” for a church plant in each of the 22 villages.
This month’s Prayerline contains several opportunities for you to provide monthly support to effective native missionaries like these throughout the world.
You’ll also find a place on the reply card to send regular support to a native missionary working with one of the 500 indigenous ministries that Christian Aid Mission assists in more than 100 countries dominated by poverty and persecution.
Thank you for standing behind God’s hidden soldiers on the frontlines.
Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation,
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