Pray for Sierra Leone

On April 28, 2009, in Jesus Booth, Newsletters, by sonserver

As you all know God has shown us a wonderful time of Grace in Sierra Leone. We have been tremendously blessed in seeing tremendous miracles and many, many people come to Christ. Yesterday we had our first setback in Sierra Leone…….. Yesterday, a group of approximately 1000 Muslims descended on our new church building in […]

As you all know God has shown us a wonderful time of Grace in Sierra Leone. We have been tremendously blessed in seeing tremendous miracles and many, many people come to Christ.

Yesterday we had our first setback in Sierra Leone……..

Yesterday, a group of approximately 1000 Muslims descended on our new church building in Rookbop and burned it down.

This morning Pastor Dewey and a team on 8 others are leaving for Sierra Leone and it had been the plan for the team to travel to Rookbop and dedicate the new building. Obviously, they will not be going to Rookbop…. and they are absolutely not in any danger.

As most of you know, Rookbop is the village where the man was raised from the dead and is where we have conducted several medical clinics, drilled a water well, and of course built a new church/school for all the new believers. The villagers had asked for a church and we also had sent a new Pastor to lead the people.

The information we have is that a Iman from another area had stirred up the poeple as the news of what is going on in Rookbop has spread around the area. He had sent a smaller group to Rookbop and threatened to burn down the church, but the people of Rookbop had rejected them and told them to leave. They also contacted the authorities, because the elders had heard that others where coming back to stir up trouble.

The police sent 3 or 4 officers to assess the problem. While the police were still in Rookbop, a large group estimated to be about 1000 people, came and told them that everyone should leave the village or they would be killed. Then the mob set the church on fire and knocked down the ruins.

WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD.

The enemy is mad at what God is doing. This kind of thing is to be expected when we are making such great progress for the Kingdom of God.

I would ask that everyone pray. Our team is as safe as ever, but let us sincerely take time to pray for them.

Also, let’s pray for Hassan and all of our friends in Sierra Leone.

Hassan and I have discussed our response and strategy.

We are taking a humble posture. We are calling a Moritorium on all of our activities in the Rookbop area until the authorities have investigated everything and handled it amongst themselves through proper channels. We will make every attempt to stay under the radar on this and we will re-establish that we have come to “Be a Blessing”. We have not come to fight the Muslims. We have come to “Be a Blessing”. To ” Be a Blessing” will be our mantra.

I believe the people of Rookbop will stand up for Christ and for justice. I know that our best strategy at this time is that we leave it in the hands of our God.

Apparently this Iman has tried to “radicalize” the Muslims, which in the past,has not been a big problem in Sierra Leone.

I do not want this event be a rallying cry to “radicalize” Christians. We are the people of God, we are not there to bring a fight, we are there to bring the Light. We are there to establish Jesus as the Prince of Peace and the Lord of Sierra Leone and the world. Hopefully we are already “fully dedicated followers of Christ”, as Craig Groeshel, puts it and we do not need to be “radicalized”.

Pray with me and our friends of Sierra Leone. God is still in control. He will see that justice is done. The Bible says to pray for our enemies, so let us pray for those who perpetrated this terrible act and those who lead them. May they all come to know Christ and the Wonderfulness of His Grace.

Let us all pray.

Until all have heard,

Steve Hollingsworth, President

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Jesus Booth Africa Update

On April 15, 2009, in Jesus Booth, by sonserver

Sierra Leone Africa We are so excited to share what God has been doing and how He is using MS to be a part of a revival in Sierra Leone, Africa. As you may know, one of the many things the Lord has called him to, is taking teams out to different parts of Sierra […]

Sierra Leone Africa

We are so excited to share what God has been doing and how He is using MS to be a part of a revival in Sierra Leone, Africa. As you may know, one of the many things the Lord has called him to, is taking teams out to different parts of Sierra Leone and evangelizing, (using whatever public transportation they can find), with the Jesus Booth. As a result, at least three of those areas began Bible studies and discipleship for the new believers that came to the Lord. Each group has been meeting under a tree and each group has decided to build a mud brick church for their new congregation. They have everything they need, except materials for the tin roofs.

It has just been so exciting for us to see how the Lord is moving in this part of Africa. There are two areas we feel led to assist MS with; one is funding for the church roofs and the second is to provide MS, Jesus Booth Africa , with a vehicle. The cost for each roof is about $1000.00 and we believe we can provide a vehicle for MS for $3000.00.

As you know, we also provide MS with a salary, finances for team mission trips, building Jesus Booth’s and administrative costs. We know times are tough, but if you feel led to help in anyway, big or small, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your faithful support and prayers!

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