Kay and Joseph were getting a hold of the gospel. The burden of guilt that weighed Kay down was gradually giving way to joy. We were at home one evening when Kay came with a big basket full of farm produce.
He told us that it was his gift to us. That evening he knelt down in tears thanking us for coming to his rescue.
“I would have been dead by now because I was thinking of ending my life. Thank you all for being there when I needed it most. Thank you for not giving up on me,” Kay said amid tears.
We held him up and told him that the glory belonged to the Lord. We also assured him that God was not done with him yet.
Joseph, too, miraculously stopped drinking. Now, he couldn’t stand the scent of alcohol.
“Sis. Araba, I don’t know what happened, all of a sudden, the urge for alcohol is gone. It’s like something has left me. I’ve regained consciousness of myself. God is so good,” He told me excitedly.
“Indeed, God is good all the time,” I responded .
We decided to go out with both of them for evangelism. They were both hesitant at first, because they feared what people would say about them. But we encouraged them that they were the best people to show the village folks how good God is.
Pastor Abraham kept assuring Kay that God was not done with him yet. The church may have cut him away but God hadn’t and he was going to be a great vessel to share the gospel of his grace. He made him understand that what he did was wrong but God had forgiven him because a price had been paid for it. It was, therefore, unnecessary for him to pay again for what Christ has already paid.
Kay, didn’t take this to mean, he could go on fornicating. He found hope, joy and peace in Christ and readily availed himself as a vessel for the spreading of the gospel of Christ. Indeed, the fear that people will sin when the gospel of grace is preached to them is not from God. God wants all men to know this gospel and that means the gospel is not a recipe for sinful habit but victorious living.
Pastor Emmanuel also assured Joseph that it wasn’t too late for him to go to school. He was certain that his aunty was going to come for him to continue his education in the city.
After two months of house to house evangelism, we had gotten about fifty people born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. Many of these were young people. Also, we had morning devotions where most of them were able to attend and listen to the Word of Grace.
On our last Saturday at the Village, we organized a big crusade at the town square. Many people from the neighboring towns attended. Many were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. Many too were healed of various diseases. The minds of many too were changed concerning the nature of God. Many who saw him as an angry God now saw him as a love God.
During our last meeting with our new converts, we explained to them the necessity of knowing all that God had done for them through Christ. Though they had been born again, they needed to know more about Jesus to be able to enjoy fellowship with him and also share the gospel with others.
“You are all saved. God dwells in you and he deeply loves you. Now it is necessary to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus. 2 Peter 3:18 says Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus.
Acts 20:32 also says, “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
In the same way, we commend you to the Word of Grace. Even though we are leaving, continue to learn about this Jesus that we have preached to you. We have left you many messages that will tell you more about Jesus Christ. Keep coming for the morning devotions to listen to it,” Pastor Abraham announced to them.
In light of that, we left Kay, Joseph and Ernest in charge of the morning devotions. We gave them several books and smart phones full of messages on the gospel of Grace. Also, we recorded all the messages we preached during the morning devotions. They were preached in the local dialect so that they could easily understand. We contributed and bought them a speaker so that they could gather all those who had been saved every morning and listen to them. We were certain something great had begun.
We left the Village to the City of Accra. We had some weeks to prepare for school. We were excited for a fruitful vacation….
To be continued…..
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