A tree with roots planted deep and firm. Roots that have embedded themselves in the lives and hearts of this community. A tree that stands as a meeting place of darkness. A place where witchcraft reigns and those entwined in its darkness come to meet. Those who gather here wrap their hands around innocent children with the goal of planting this seed of darkness inside the next generation.
But God says those who know Him can be like a different type of tree…
“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.”
The tree in this picture is surrounded by land that is ripe for the harvest of souls for His children. In 2015, our in-country partner approached the owners of this land, the land adjacent to the meeting place where darkness reigns, and begged to build a church. They said no. Never.
But God has a way of softening hearts, planting His seeds of hope. He used our medical missions team to do just that. Upon our team’s arrival in the community, the land owners received medical care and the most life-giving treatment of all, the Gospel. And their hearts were softened. Soon the landowners made one simple request…
Take this land, bring the message of Jesus here.
Now, in the shadows of that tree sits a church plant. A church, shining bright beside this “witchcraft gathering place.” A church, where His light burns brighter and penetrates hearts. A church, where souls can come to untangle themselves from the roots of deception and darkness. It is transforming the area. Little ones are learning about Jesus, teens are pouring their hearts out as disciples and adults are giving their lives to our Lord.