That’s How We Must Look to God

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
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This picture is the first Bambara man I met in the bush. He was an elder in a small village adjacent to where we were going to spend our first night. We had stopped to greet the chief and ask permission to be there. The chief was not in the village, so we met with this man. WHen he asked why we were there we explained we were going to share Good News with F-Village. He said we could not go but must stay and tell the people in his village.

The only way we got to where we were expected was to promise to come back the next day. When we arrived back the next day, all of the men had gathered under a mango tree, where we sat for hours drinking tea and telling stories. “What is eternal life?” one asked. “What does the Bible say about having more than one wife?” asked another.

As far as I know, this was the first time these villagers had ever heard the Gospel. What I want to call your attention to, however, is a comment one of the men from our church made later. When we had arrived, we were immediately swarmed by the children. One small boy, about 4 or 5, had a face covered with “snot”. (Sorry, but that is what it was.) I mean it was nose to chin and ear to ear. One of our men wore perfectly pressed clean, (starched I might add) pants. You guessed it. The little boy made a bee line to this man and put a bear lock on his leg.

The man said later, “My first thought was, ‘he is going to mess up my pants.” But then he said, “But God spoke to my heart and said, ‘Now you know how you look to me all covered in your sin. But I love you.”
He said it changed his heart and ultimately his life.


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