Armed militants came to the missionaries to kill them. But after displaying Christ’s selfless love, they gave their lives to Jesus instead.
Preaching The Gospel In Africa
The President of Afri-Mission and Evangelism Network, Oscar Amaechina, shared a powerful testimony in one encounter with African militants.
Along with other missionaries, Oscar is devoted to preaching the Gospel in African towns where people have never heard about Jesus. For the record, it is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Christian. But despite the threats, they continue to risk their lives for the Gospel. And then, in one moment, indeed, they almost lost their lives.
Militants Came To Murder Missionaries
In an interview with The Christian Post, Oscar recounted the scary encounter with African militants. He recalled, “We were ministering to people, and some people came to kill us. They confessed that they were there to kill us. We saw them with their machetes, we saw them with their swords, and we believed that that was our last breath.”
At that point, Oscar and his team thought that was the end of their lives. They were certain they would face murder with these armed men. However, God did something incredible to win their hearts.
Amid facing what could be the end, the missionaries decided to display Christ’s love toward the assailants. Instead of panicking and begging for their lives, they provided them with food and resources.
“We gave them rice, gave them spaghetti, gave them cream and soup … and they moved away from us,” the missionary told the outlet. “They returned, and one of their leaders spoke to us through an interpreter. And said, ‘We were here to kill you. Since we are poor, no one has ever given us gifts, but because of these gifts, we want to become Christians.'”
Hence, the Christian missionaries witnessed how God changed the armed militants’ hearts before their eyes. And Oscar couldn’t believe it.
“We led them to Christ. It was wonderful, it was awesome, and it was an eye-opener,” he said. “Since that day, we have never resisted showing kindness. There’s power in kindness and love. And that is what we believe in ministry.”
While not every encounter with the militants ends up in such a way, this testimony reminds us of the importance of displaying God’s grace and love. Which is what Jesus commanded us to do, to “love God and love others.”
Let’s keep our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord in our prayers, especially the missionaries who risk their lives every day for the Gospel.