Thanks for those praying with us for the Mengen believers. Here is another believer i would like to introduce today. He is a young man, in fact still a boy, Anton.
From the time I learned language he was a constant presence in my office. When we started to prep lessons, he helped us check that our lessons are communicating well. And so it happened that he very early on already placed his trust in Christ. Since then he basically always sits and listens to Gods word in my office, as we develop lessons, discuss it and translate it. And so it happened that Anton really shows understanding of Gods truths and it shows as the Spirit is at work in his life.
A while back, Apite the wife of one of our trainee teachers cut her hand badly and couldn’t get to the garden and look after her 4 children well. Brus, her husband, had lots of responsibilities at that time as a trainee teacher. And so Anton decided to help them; he didn’t ask any of us missionaries or any older believers about how he would help. He got a big
bag and went around believers houses asking for donations of sweet potato and tapioca root! He was able to take a big bag of food to Apite and Brus to help them out as they are having a difficult time. We asked him why he did this and he said we are the family of God and need to help each other now; and he thinks God has given him the gift of helping people. Many of the older believers are talking about what he has done and were taken aback, as this is not typical behavior in our village or even amongst the body as a whole. Anton said he doesn’t want paid back for the food and that it is just part of us being a family.
This has been a great encouragement to us as a team. It’s great to see God at work in these simple ways and see truth taking feet. We praise God for Anton and for the gift God has given him! I am looking forward to go back and see how he is doing. Please pray for his growth and maturity as a man and as a believer.
Let’s all find ways to exercise the gifts God has given us; I am sure we will encourage others just like Anton.
Thanks for your prayers and support that are changing lives forever.
Lourens for the Mengen church