Below is our latest prayer card. Please feel free to save the photo to your hard drive (right-click on photo and choose “Save picture as”, or something similar, from the menu), and print it out. It fits well on 4×6 photo paper.
Some have told us they would like to know who the Guineans in the photo are. They are those who regularly attend the Landuma church meetings. The adults are, from left to right, Salu, Masalu, Abulay, Sajo, Dave, Abraham. Masalu’s sons Bagar and Bunyamin are in the front row. Below we have given a little more information about each one (village names are not given in full for security reasons):
Salu – Lives in H village. Salu has been a believer for several years. He is currently learning to teach the Bible to children at our monthly kids’ clubs. Salu has two wives. His first wife, Ayisatu, has professed faith in Jesus, but won’t attend church due to Salu’s poor testimony in the past. But Salu seems to be doing better the past year or so. PRAY that Ayisatu recognizes God’s work in his heart, and decides to worship with the church on Sundays. Salu’s second wife has no interest in the Bible teaching.
Masalu – Lives in K village. Masalu was the first Landuma person to hear the Gospel in his language, and the first to believe (in 1999). He is a valuable ministry partner, and is Kirk’s primary helper in the Bible translation work. Masalu has three wives and 11 kids. His first wife, Kadi, has heard much Bible teaching, but we are not sure if she has understood and believed. She will not attend the Landuma church meetings due to fear of her brothers and other family members who would persecute her if they thought she were a Christian. Masalu’s other wives are not believers, and have shown less interest in being taught. His two oldest sons, Bagar and Bunyamin (Benjamin), have professed faith in Jesus. PRAY for Masalu, that he might effectively teach and disciple his large family.
Abulay – Lives in K village. Abulay is the oldest believer, and we appreciate his wisdom. He cannot read, but loves to listen to tapes of Bible lessons and sermons, and he shares these with his family and visitors. Abulay has two wives. His first wife, Kadiyetu, like Masalu’s wife Kadi, has heard much teaching, and seems to understand. But she, too, is fearful of her family, and so will not make a public profession of faith in Jesus. Abulay’s second wife has shown little intrest in the Bible teaching. PRAY that Abulay’s outreach to his family and neighbors bears fruit.
Sajo – Lives in K village. Sajo is a blacksmith. He spends many hours each day making tools to sell to villagers. He is disabled, as he fell out of a tree some years ago and broke his back. By the grace of God he has made good progress and can now walk with a cane. Sajo’s first language is actually Fulani, but understands Landuma well. PRAY that Sajo would grow in spiritual maturity.
Dave – Lives in B village. Dave met with the Landuma church for several months, and has a keen interest in understanding the message of Jesus. Due to a severe infection in his foot he lost his job as a taxi driver, and had to move back home. His mother and brother are strongly opposed to Dave studying the Bible, so he has had to do it in secret. PRAY that Dave’s foot would fully heal, that he would be able to get work and move out on his own, and that he would continue to have a desire to know the truth.
Abraham – Lives in H village. Abraham is a good reader, and enjoys leading singing in church. PRAY that Abraham would make wise choices about how he spends his time, and that his stated desire to grow spiritually would be borne out by those choices.
In addition to these there are a few other Landumas, mostly women, who have made some profession of faith in Jesus, but who are afraid to be open Christians. All would face severe persecution should it be known that they have believed the Gospel.
Thank you for praying for the Landuma church!