We Are in a War
Whether we like it or not
Jamilu Sam in one of 91 missionaries that CFM employs and supports in outreach. They lead fellowships in 150 missions centres, and constantly penetrate into unreached places. Pictured, Jamilu sits with a Fulani man after a fellowship meeting with the villagers. Jamilu was an Islamic scholar before he came to CFM for training.
Jamilu said, “I visited the Ruga Fulani (cattle camp) in Panda where we held fellowship. After the fellowship, they expressed their joy by giving give me a chicken, yet they have no school, no access to water, no hospital, no place of worship.”
Below, Jamilu with Fulani men after the fellowship meeting. Sharing Christ with Fulani is changing lives and overcoming violence in Africa, that would have destroyed us.
Jamilu continued, “God's servants are known for persecution, not popularity and fame. As we take the Gospel to the heathen in rural areas, we must also work to preserve and sustain the harvest in urban areas from rotting in the hands false teachers. Comfort Zone Christianity has no legacy for it's generation, for no man has ever won a battle in a comfort zone, it must be on the field. When we consistently build people's identity and images around material possessions, we will create a society of depressed humanity, devalued of the true God. A soul that does not examine itself is not worth living. It is easier to preach Jesus than to live by his demand of holiness upon us. Time for self assessment. Revival meetings and programs without purity are mere excitement of an impoverished soul. Men who seek visibility will soon be seduced by the table of the ungodly. Brethren, the Kingdom can't be advanced on the table of pleasure, we must make a commitment of sacrifice to salvage nations. ”
Jamilu, like many others working with CFM, criss-crosses the nation sharing the gospel of Christ. This, above, is in the south of Nigeria.
Bible college students at Wurin Alheri collect water from our dam for our building projects. Diesel is too expensive to pump the water. When over 1,000 students are helping, it’s easy.
There are many kinds of warfare. There is kinetic, financial, information, social, legal, cyber, covert, infiltration, espionage, and many others. Warfare might not be one nation against another, but interests without national affiliation vying for wider control. It is said that we are always at war, in one form or another, even when it’s not obvious. This is true, whether spiritually or naturally, where darkness penetrates human powers. The consequences are massive. Scripture calls us to humility, vigilance, and obedience to God, because God is, in the end, always victorious.
Thousands come here illiterate and are transformed by their training.
In the Old Testament, people went into captivity when they forgot God. Such become foolish and walk into the trap of the enemy. They even believe there is no enemy. The best thing about captivity is that people remember God and turn to him. He gives us wisdom to escape. People then turn to their local communities, to root out the enemy. We go back to war, for the future of our families. A grassroots revival of faith, and the expression of that faith, are imperatives. We don’t vote for politicians who claim they will do the work for us, but for those who will empower our local communities, as we do the work for ourselves. As Jamilu said, “Those who free people are hated the most.” Revival is beginning. Turning back to faith, taking responsibility.
Bible college students learning aluminium fabrication.
Thank you for praying for CFM and for supporting our missions work.
Love, from Kent, Ruth and the team
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