During the year 2018, we had very encouraging news from the Malambo safari. In January 2018, 20 new Christians were baptized at Merugoi village, which is located on slopes of Mount Gilai. MAF has supported evangelism trips in this place since autumn 2016 and now we are seeing fruits of this work.
Rescued by the Gospel
One of those baptized was a former alcoholic, who had lost all ties to his family and to life generally. He was literally imprisoned for his crimes to the community. After the gospel was preached in this place he decided to give his life to Jesus, who released him from his imprisonment to sin. Also his relationship with his family has recovered and now he has an even bigger family with his Christian friends.
During this safari, we also heard there had been a bad cholera outbreak in the area, and many people died. Leading teacher and evangelist Elisha Moita shared his sense that the presence of death has opened even more hearts to gospel; the message of resurrection is giving hope to many people.
Reaching Isolated People through Technology
There are still more villages and unreached places in the area with little or no Christian impact, and we are trying to find new ways to support local evangelists and pastors to reach them. Modern technology can help with this: Wifi Bibles provided by MAF department CRMF (now MAF Technologies) were introduced last year at Malambo Bible school. This month, we had one unit in the plane, and when we had breaks in the flight schedule we could share the Wifi Bible with the villagers. It seems many of them have a phone and some even a smartphone, so they can access the Wifi network. For people who can’t read or write, the spoken word or the Jesus film is a good way to share the message. Also young people with their smartphones like to listen Christian songs. The unit in the plane is a helpful tool, especially