The Unlikely Missionary to Nomads
When you invest in a neverthirst project, we connect with our local partners in the field to bring clean and living water to a remote community. Part of our model includes partnering with a local pastor, often giving them an access point into a community that they would not be able to otherwise reach.
"On Christmas Day in 1979, I was sitting home alone. My father's house was next door to a church. I could hear the people laughing and singing and having a good time together. I started wondering why I was sitting home alone, with no friends, when everyone there was so happy. I decided I would go visit the church. I started attending, and very soon after hearing the message, I became a believer. I accepted Christ as my personal Savior in January 1980 in my home village and was baptized almost a year later.
My father was very angry. He was afraid my Christianity would make him lose power with his idols, as he was still an animist. He chased me around the kitchen with a knife. Another Christian who didn't live too far from my home invited me to live with him.
After reading these statements, I had a burden for the people who don't believe in Jesus, especially the Muslims. My heart was burning like it was on fire, and I began to weep for my Muslim brothers. I went out stopping people dressed in Muslim robes and said to them,
My work with the nomads began on November 15, 1992 while I was helping with the Kwong Bible translation. I shared my burden for the lost souls of Islam with my missionary brother, Mark, and he was very happy and encouraged me to go out and share the gospel with nomads around me.
I went everywhere on foot. I preached in marketplaces and by open wells and met with traditional village leaders in their homes. I saw people come to faith, and I could tell you many stories of what God did for me during that time!
Back at my home base, I spent two years cultivating friendships with nomads. It was not easy, and it took lots of work! No one wanted me there, but I visited every chance I could, and I kept sharing the love of Christ.
"Thanks to God, we have a water pump on our land, and we have baptized many in that water. Right now, the number of nomads who have given their lives to the Lord through our ministry is estimated to be more than 500 across many provinces in Chad, as well as Central African Republic, Sudan, Niger, and Nigeria. I myself have baptized 60 new believers and have recently trained 8 new evangelists to go out and make more disciples. Glory to God! Amen."