Speaking about his home town of Timbuktu, Abdoulaye Sangho, the TWR Area Ministry Director for West Africa, says, "Even the water is not wet!" He is referring to the spiritual hardness of heart that permeates this town in the country of Mali. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit is a specialist at melting hard hearts. Recently we received a letter from a listener in Timbuktu who is on the verge of accepting Christ. Here's what he had to say:
"I don't have any knowledge of the gospel and have never read the Bible. By chance I tuned to the evangelical station and listened to your programme. I have been surprised by the preaching of the word of God. I have never entered a church and think that, being of another religion, I must not enter into such a place. But what I have heard has made me very curious. You seem sincere and truthful. May I have a Bible from you that I can read discreetly?
"For a long time I have been against the Christian faith and hostile to hear from your religion. By listening to your programmes I think now that I am wrong. But I am afraid to continue listening to you. All my friends and relatives are of another religion like myself. I am afraid to change my religion and believe in Jesus. Can you pray for me or give me some counsel?
"May I request that you complete the series of the gospel you have sent us? You know in Timbuktu there are not many Christians who can produce good Bible teaching. Your programmes are relevant to the mind-set of the people here. The programme Water of life is followed by programmes by teachers from another religion. When broadcasting I used to walk in the city and I often see people tuning to your station and listening to the programme. I can see and experience many changes in the attitude of people about Christianity and Christians. May the Lord bless you mightily."
Let's pray for this listener and all those in Timbuktu who need courage to embrace Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
Published: 28 October 2010