“He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ–with all boldness and without hindrance!” Acts 28:31
Today many people around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Now Ramadan is basically a month of fasting to pay tribute to the first revelation of the Quran to Mohammad, according to Islamic beliefs. Observance of this holiday is more evident for us living in Uganda, then it was in the States. We are surrounded by a very large Muslim population, and we need to be ready to teach about the kingdom of God and our Lord Jesus Christ with boldness!
Over the weekend Brother Joseph was sharing a story about a bold advance he made for the kingdom of God, and today seems like a perfect day to share this story with all of you.
Joseph was riding in a taxi, basically a large white 14 passenger van crammed with about 20 people, on his way to the disabilities center in Jinja last Friday. He normally keeps to himself on these rides, but this particular day turned out different. The taxi driver, a Muslim man who was loudly professing his beliefs, was ranting about Christians and sharing scriptures inaccurately and out of context.”That is a lie.” Joseph could not keep quiet, he proceeded to take out his phone, and open the Bible application. He asked a stranger to read the verses, so they would not think he was lying, out loud for the man and consequently the whole taxi. He continued to teach without hindrance and with great boldness pretty much the rest of the trip. He read from the book of Matthew, particularly focusing on the Sermon on the Mount. The driver started to soften, and explained that what he stated originally was taught to him by his Imam. As people were exiting the taxi, they expressed amazement at the different message that was being preached, and everyone asked where he fellowshipped. It turned out that Joseph was the last person remaining on the taxi, so he was able to have some good one on one conversations with the driver. The driver asked if Joseph would have some time to sit and talk about Jesus, and the Bible. They exchanged phone numbers and plan on getting together soon.
We hope that this testimony will be an encouragement to the saints. Our prayer is for boldness, and the opportunity to share the Word. May we be taken out of our comfort zone for the King and His Glory. Amen.