"This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." John 3:19-21
These are the verses that came to mind Tuesday afternoon as we arrived in Cockleburr for our church service. Immediately, as our van pulled up to the house, several members of the community that gather there started to disperse in all different directions. Who knows exactly what we had just pulled up to? But whatever it is was, it was evil. You can just feel "it" when you arrive. Doug noticed it as well. He said, "Look. They look like cockroaches scattering everywhere when you turn on the lights."
If you follow along at all, you probably know that Satan has had a stronghold in that village for many years. Well, I guess practically forever. The first Christians in the village are living there now and have only belonged to Christ for a couple of months. It is hard for them. They face trials and tough decisions on a daily basis. One of the ladies has a husband who is drunk every single day. From the time he wakes up until the time he goes to bed, he is constantly drinking. Most of her children are drug addicts. They sell and buy right there by her house. Darkness is present everywhere you look.
I say all that to say, please continue to pray for us and for the 4 Christians in the village. Although many great things are happening, it is still a struggle.
However, we know that the Light is changing things and making a difference. Even though it seems like we are just a candle in a dark forest- the Light is being seen. There is one man in particular that came to the church service Tuesday night that is right on the verge of giving his life to the Lord. There are a few others that will say that they know that they need Jesus, but they just can't give up their drinking just yet. But they still come and they hear the Truth of God's Word! Pray for these inviduals as well.
We can't forget to tell you about the kids. The kids are just amazing. They see and go through so much. They are constantly on my heart and mind. When we pulled up Tuesday night, they all came running out of the house ready to have church. They love it! They are the ones who go get their friends and tell them to come. The older ones listen so intently everytime it is time for the story. They just soak in everything that is said. They have learned what sin is and can give you examples. One little boy that is about 5 years old said, "I know that drinking and doing drugs is sin." They are getting it! Please continue to pray for them as well and also for me as I teach them. Also, pray that I get some help in teaching them. It seems that more and more children are coming every time we go out, which is a great thing. However, I am only one person and with 25-30 + kids that can be wild as guineas, it can be a little challenging. But I love it!!
Here are a couple of the precious kiddos that we love so much:
Thanks so much for your prayers as we continue to be light in the dark!!!