“Open Air”

open air preachingDuring “open air” preaching Sunday afternoon, June 7, in the village of Ilemba, Rukwa Valley, two men came forward to trust in Jesus Christ for the first time. One young man, Madirisha, from a people group called the Wasukuma, brought me a soda and drinking water while I was in the middle of preaching. It is quite warm there! I was amazed to see the same young man come forward in front of the 100 plus people to confess his sin and place his trust in Jesus for salvation, as well as trusting God to lead him every day!

The next young man, Mkulwa, was only 15 years old. He was too shy to come forward in front of the crowd but afterwards sought out Pastor Mwendapole with just as much earnestness. I asked him why he wanted to place his trust in Christ? He told me that the spirit of God moved his heart to come forward. No one can bear to sit still when the spirit of God moves in them! As Jeremiah stated: “God’s word is like a fire in my bones; I can’t hold it inside…I must speak of Him!”

Madirisha came forward to place his trust in the Lord in front of a huge crowd. He showed boldness and cMadirisha came forward to place his trust in the Lord in front of a huge crowd. He showed boldness and courage for Christ.

Pastor Paipi and his wife.This is a picture of Pastor Paipi and his wife. Although crippled in his youth by polio, he still remains one of the most active evangelists in our church regularly traveling over 30 miles in his wheelchair to preach about our Savior!

Ted, Mkulwa, and PaskaliTed, Mkulwa, and Paskali are pictured here. Mkulwa is the shy, 15-year-old young man who sought out Pastor Mwendapole in Ilemba to place his trust in Christ.

If you would like to learn more about Grace Ministries International, The Rabenold Family, or the ministry in the Rukwa Valley, Tanzania please visit http://www.gracem.org or call 616-241-5666

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