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Foday: Change in Bo

Indeed it is true when the Bible says there is time for everything under the sun, a “time to condemn and a time to accept what was condemned.”

A SAUL has been transformed to a Paul in New Harvest Ministry here in Bo. You are familiar with the name of the ministry. We went there for Sunday service today with my whole family.

Dad, you can’t believe it; the chairman for the Pastor’s Council in Bo preached your same message regarding the church, making reference of the attack [see note following] and now agrees that the message they contended with is the true life-saving message of Christ.

[Editor: The December before we left Sierra Leone, I was called to stand before the Pastor’s Council in Bo, the second largest city in SL, in order to face accusations of heresy regarding my opposition to the “gospel” of Prosperity and authoritarian leadership in the church. There I was accosted by this brother along with about fifty pastors who vigorously charged me as a false teacher and antichrist. Brother Foday and brother Ngegba were present at the Council that December. My teachings on Prosperity and NT church leadership can be read in the books Positive Confession: Counterfeit Christianity and Workers Unashamed: Part One under Publications on this website]

He is the senior assistant pastor in New Harvest Ministry, and he preached with all boldness by condemning their former activities and renouncing any title in the church.  He further condemned all their followers of not being Christian [in their behavior]. He has now come to the reality of who and what the church is.

Gladys wept with joy and my heart was full of joy as we returned home. I don’t know whether out of confession or conviction, but the hard-truth message of Christ was preached with all boldness.  He addressed the whole church to come to repentance which, if they do not, not even the pastors can make heaven.

Pray for him; his name is pastor Jamba.  To God be the glory.

We are fine here, and Bro. William is doing fine with the fellowship in Freetown; the brothers and sisters are talking good about his work. I am lacking at the moment, except the Bible study with my family at home on Saturdays; I am not preaching outside for now. But the Lord will open doors for me very soon. [Editor: Foday and Gladys have recently relocated from Freetown to Bo]. Greet all the family.

Love, Foday and Gladys

Foday: July Update

With joy and thanksgiving we are joyful in the Lord because His mercies endure forever.

The Lord has been so good to us as ever and in His love and mercy we are going forward in His service. Though much was not done in the past month, but we are ever happy for what ever little He permits us to do in His vineyard. The exams are over and all the brethren are on holiday and we are all praising God together in our fellowship for what He has taken us through in our different institutions.

We thank our God every time we remember you. In all our prayers for all of you, we always pray with joy because of your support from the first day until today. We are sure that you have not forgotten us a day in your prayers for the work of the Lord in Sierra Leone.

We are happy to inform you all that most of the brothers and sisters in the fellowship (about 18 in number) will be traveling to Kabala from the 10—15 of August for children and youth Bible studies.  We also will be sharing with the people there what the Lord has blessed us with, such as used clothing, since this is the most terrible time for most of them there.  The rains here are very heavy [Editor: and Kabala is much colder than other places in SL] and a good number of the people there are without clothes to use when they come from their farms [Editor: Many in the villages have but their ragged pants and T-shirt].

We think we have more than one set each in the fellowship, so we have decided to give whatever the Lord has laid in our hearts to give.  I am proud to say a good number of our members have responded to this call. This is the gift we are taking to them along with the gospel.

Though many more want to go on this trip, we are financially constrained and we cannot afford transportation for all. Whatever happens, we want to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ which we have received from Him through the help of the Holy Spirit and His servant.

Though we are been opposed about what we preach and believe, we are not frightened in any way by those who think we are lacking in the truth; what we received from God is what we pass on to others.

Joins us in prayer in the following prayer points:

* That the Lord will give us boldness to speak the truth without fear in this land that is dominated by Muslims and traditional idolatrous religion.

* That the Lord will bring to us faithful brothers and sisters so that during our stay in that place, we may able to affect lives.

* That the Lord will make provisions for us so as to enable all our brothers and sisters that have the desire to preach the Gospel there to take part in this trip.

Greet all the brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Let no man cause us trouble for we bear the mark of Christ on our backs.

Foday: May Update

 

 

 What can separate us from the love of God?  We say, “Nothing!”

To God be the glory forever and ever, Amen.  The work here is going well with the Lord still doing wonders among the brethren in the fellowship.

Brother David [that Foday has recently led to the Lord] is facing serious problems in his life.  He was going to take his high school exams so as to enter the university next year.  He used to write with his right hand throughout his school days, but suddenly during the exams he was no longer able to write with his right hand and had to immediately switch to his left.  He could not finish his work in the exam hall and is worried about the outcome.

Also, he became seriously ill and we had to spend time in prayer and reading God’s Word together.  Before that, whenever he wanted to commit himself to the way of the Lord, he faced difficulties that tended to shake his faith.

Join us in prayers as we look forward to see what the Lord will do for him.  He has zeal without knowledge and the spirit of timidity and fear is still in him.  But the Lord has been merciful to him and He is restoring his health.  Gladys and I are helping him with some finances to take treatment in the hospital.  We are confident that He who has started a good work in him, will bring it to completion till the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Another sister (Hannah) who has been a member [of our fellowship] for sometimes now also got some attacks.  In a dream, she was bitten by a cat [a cat in West Africa is often believed to be a witch] on her foot which resulted a few days later in experiencing pain on the same foot.  Two days following on one Saturday as I was going round to visit the brethren, I met her in her house vomiting blood and the situation became serious.  As we were praying, she explained the dream to me and I told her to take courage, trust in the Lord with all her heart, and it shall be will.  

Sunday morning after the fellowship we went to see her again together with some brothers and sisters and we spent some time in prayers and hearing the Word of God.  She received a lot of advice [from outsiders] to see traditional people [juju men/spiritists] to do some funny things [obtain charms/magic potions] but she was convinced to trust in the Lord.  We are happy to inform you that sister Hannah is now doing fine.  She lives in a Muslim dominated community, but her testimony has proven to a lot that Jesus is Lord.  She is still young in the faith but we trust the Lord for her continuing progress in the faith.

Our brother in the Lord, Victor Conteh [younger brother of William Yandi-Conteh whose contributions are on this blog], who is qualifying year [a graduating senior] in the college of medicine, is also in a very serious situation.  As he is coming closer to his exams, he is experiencing brain fatigue and cannot comprehend as he reads.  We have spent some time in prayers and even now, we are still praying as his health is still to be perfectly alright.

The fellowship is still growing on Sundays and so also on Tuesdays for Bible study.  The Lord is using brother William to help us understand His word.  We thank God for all the brothers and sisters and despite the difficult circumstances we face, we have not given up the faith and we are very much willing to search the word of truth.

The meeting with Ishmael is suspended for the moment, yet I visit him every Saturday for personal discussions.  He loves the Lord with all his heart and we are trusting the Lord to reveal Himself more and more to him.  Please pray for his father so that he can be transformed by his son in due time.

As we go through these trials we are being restored all the more, and what we are facing helps us to demonstrate true love to one another living a Christ-like life.  We no longer care about personal interests, but what will serve as a blessing to all and open doors for more to be brought to the saving knowledge of Christ.

The Lord helps us as we (Brother William, Sister Gladys and I) will be visiting the brethren in Port Loko [the area where the Phillips used to live] in mid June to spend two days with them in the Word of God.  What we are going to teach we don’t know as of yet, but we believe the Lord will give us direction as we get to them.  Pray for us.

May the Lord who is capable of doing more abundantly and exceedingly than we can ever imagine, keep us all in His grace.  As long as we live, we want to do the work of an apostle we find joy in converting souls for Him that loves us.

 

 

Foday: April Update

     We thank God whom we serve with clear mind and who also considered us to be partakers in His vineyard as fellow workers.  The fellowship with the brethren is growing and doing fine despite the storm of sin that is blowing hard here in Sierra Leone which seems to take away a lot of young people from the kingdom of God; but He always has His own and His own know Him.

     The message in this past month has been about our responsibilities in the lives of other young people around us and how we should help to rescue them from this world of perversion.  I have personally embarked on house to house evangelism, preaching the gospel to young Muslims as I meet them in various places.  During my three weeks holiday from teaching at school, the Lord enabled me to meet a few people whom He has considered worthy to partake in the salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ.

    I was able to meet the following people that I will like the family of Christ to join with me in prayers for them.  Their names are Ishmael, Sao Sesay, Isatu Mansaray, Hawa Koroma, David Kanu, Amie Sesay, and Sarah Kamara.  I will give a brief explanation about some of them.

     Ishmael is a boy of 8 years of age who has heard the message of Jesus Christ from his primary school [religious education, either Christian or Muslim, is part of the mandated curriculum in the Sierra Leone school system]. His father is an imam [a teacher/leader in the Islamic religion] who owns and leads a very big mosque around Aberdeen Road here in Freetown.   Ishmael told me when I met him that after hearing the saving message of Jesus Christ, he came home and explained to his father about what he was told at school, about this Jesus.

     His father was so angry with him that he promised to beat him to death if he ever heard that he was listening to such messages again.  So even when I was talking with him, he was so fearful that his father might meet us talking.  Ishmael made it very clear that he loves Jesus and has accepted Him as Lord and Saviour, but the problem he was facing is how to attend church. After a long discussion I encouraged him to pray to Jesus even in his heart, and not to try to come to any church.    

     Presently we are having Bible study in one unfinished house nearby [there are many uncompleted cement block abandoned structures throughout Sierra Leone since the war] and we have met three times now.  His father and mother are always in the shop for the rest of the day and they come home by 10 pm.  Pray for Ishmael; the seed has been planted and we are looking up to the Giver of fruit to give the increase.

     Sao Sesay is a young man that accepted Christ recently after I preached  to him in his house.  He is about 28 years old and has been a Muslim throughout till the day I met him though he has been thinking of becoming a Christian.  Since his whole family is Muslim he found it difficult to decide, but now he has taken the bold step to follow Christ. He has joined the fellowship [where Foday does much of the teaching] and we are studying the Bible together every Saturday in his house at 5pm. Pray for this soul too.
 
     Isatu and Hawa accepted Christ few weeks back when I met them in their home.  They have been Muslim though not fanatic.  They are now part of the fellowship.

Foday Samura – Introduction

 

In line to become its eventual leader, Foday was saved after being deeply initiated into an idolatrous secret society.  Though under pain of death should he depart, he nevertheless forsook all to follow the Lord Jesus. 

 

Recently married to sister Gladys, they reside in Freetown where he teaches agriculture in a high school while leading a fellowship comprised primarily of university students. 

 

The Samuras are praying, planning, and preparing to engage in pioneer gospel work in the Kabala area of northern Sierra Leone where there are still remote tribes completely isolated from the outside world.

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