Imagine taking a step of faith to start a church in an isolated village where there is little Gospel influence, but you don’t have access to Bibles, tools or training to help you share the Good News. With a gift of £35, Samaritan’s Purse can train a local evangelist, provide a pastor with Gospel resources or offer a month of advanced Bible classes for a preacher who is eager to proclaim God’s truth. Your support can help to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12, ESV).
Though Ibrahim Abdou had been a farmer for many years, he still struggled to keep his crops alive in Niger’s arid climate. But when a Christian couple living in Ibrahim’s village showed him some improved growing techniques, his garden began to flourish. He was able to harvest enough to eat with plenty left over to sell for income. The Christian couple—evangelists trained by Samaritan’s Purse and sent to Ibrahim’s village—also taught the devout Muslim man about Jesus. Ibrahim used to scoff at Christianity, but the love shown by the evangelist couple opened his heart to the truth. He received Jesus as his Lord and Saviour, and soon his wife accepted Christ too. When Ibrahim’s neighbours heard about his newfound faith in Jesus, they threatened to burn his home and his crops. But Ibrahim continued to stand strong and preach the Good News. Through his witness and the ministry of our evangelists, others in the village have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Still, some of Ibrahim’s neighbours try to persuade him and his wife to return to Islam. “The Muslims in my village want us to convert back to Islam, but I refuse,” he said. “I have nothing but gratitude in my heart to Jesus. I tell them ‘I have come to the light and I can’t go back to darkness.’”