Since late August, Michele and I have been meeting with some new believers periodically for discipleship weekends. We’ve called our meetings “The Journey” as we learn what it means to journey with Jesus through the Scriptures and into the lived reality of everyday Sudanese life.
Yesterday, we ended our final discipleship weekend of the first Journey course. Eleven people finished the course, and several of those will go on to begin small prayer and Bible study fellowships in their home villages. One of them has already started a church in his village. The village came together to build a grass structure and have been meeting weekly, with over 200 people attending! Amazingly, two warring clans even put aside their violence since the church began, stating, “How can we fight against one another when we are now worshipping at the same church?” Michele has asked me and some of the other staff to hold a seminar at the new church plant in February to discuss reconciliation between God and man. I am so psyched about that!!! 🙂
Anyway, in our final session together yesterday morning, Michele asked the new believers to share what was the most important thing God had taught them during the Journey course.Here are some of the responses:
“I will remember the teaching about the Holy Spirit and how to hear God’s voice.”
“I have learned about so many gifts of the Holy Spirit.”
“I know that many people don’t love God, but learning to love God is a gift.”
“I’ve learned that the devil speaks condemnation, but that we can recognize his voice and reject it.”
“I learned that we are justified, and so we can reject condemnation.”
“I know how to pray now. Before I didn’t like to pray, but now I am praying always when I sleep and when I wake up.”
“For me, the best thing is that my eyes were bad when I came and I couldn’t see distance, but now it is better. So, I will never forget this place or leave Jesus.” (from a woman who’s vision was healed during our first weekend together)
We were so blessed and encouraged to see what the LORD has taught them during our brief times together! Please pray for these young believers that they will continue to grow strong and mature in Jesus!