This woman here is named Binta. The picture to the right of her is me with her assistant. Both of these women are being persecuted for their belief in Christ. Both of them shared stories with me that were beyond my belief that I felt I was listening to someone telling me stories of the new testament early church. Binta was a woman who was muslim and converted to Christianity. In the muslim faith I am learning that women are treated as property. As she unfolds her story I am encouraged by her strength and confidence in our Lord Jesus Christ. After her conversion she was immediately hunted and thrown in prison where she wrote a small booklet describing her journey from the muslim world to her faith in Christ. I wish I had the space to tell you her whole story, but she, today, is a beacon of hope for many women who have left their old life and is seeking refuge in Christ. We were with the Vineyard church in Cincinnati when we had the amazing opportunity to put a borehold in her small village where she and these other women reside. Her assistant tells a story of all of these women sleeping in this big open room when in the middle of the night a group of men surrounded the house with the intent to kill them all and a "bright light and running water" is all they could see surrounding the house. They immediately recognized it as the Lord and Savior, the true living water, and they repented of their sin and now follow Christ. I am amazed at the great lengths the Lord will show himself as Shelter to these precious believers who the day we were there were able to receive a borehole of clean water, only a mere reflection of their relationship with the True Living Water. What a privilege for me to pray and chat with them that day.
We spent the whole day as a team rejoicing with them as the process was underway of giving them clean water. The last picture was just one of the ways we played with the village kids. They LOVED the parachute!! It was a blessed day and I was so encouraged by them to be with them under the same Shelter and Lord. Binta was found stating a lot, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes." Romans 1:16
Amen Binta, Amen!
P.S. The bottom two pictures were taken by one of our interns, Zak, thanks for the amazing photos Nate!!