Rama, the Amazing French Teacher
A Fulani Christian?!?
We hired Rama to teach the Tuareg kids French on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 2.5 hrs each week. They were bored and had cabin fever (they’ve been inside the same 4 walls for over a month) and we were noticing more and more serious scrapes from fights they were having (did we mention they are a very aggressive people?). So we asked Rama to try her best to teach them the alphabet and how to write letters.
She has done a lot more than that!
Rama is a Fulani believer. The Fulani are a nomadic, Muslim people group from the northern part of W. Africa. In fact, they are a very similar people to the Tuareg.
As Rama began to interact with the parents of the kids she was teaching, they found out she was a Christian. There was an immediate reaction – they were in shock! One man said “Since the day I was born I have NEVER heard of such a thing – a Fulani Christian!!??” So they began calling other Tuareg to come around – to check out this anomaly!
And Rama is a very bold witness.
Soon after, she came to Heidi and I and asked for some books in French for the kids to read. We gave her some Bible stories and a picture Bible. The next afternoon she came back with this story:
I decided to tell a Bible story today instead of have a French lesson. I told the story of Cain and Able from the books you gave, and they were all captivated. Yesterday night one of their friends, a 12 year old boy, had died suddenly in the camp, so they were very eager to hear about God. At the end of the story, I asked them “Who wants Jesus to be their friend?” Several rose their hands, and after the lesson, 5 came up to me individually. One boy asked me “How can I walk with Jesus?” Another girl told me “I know that God is my Father, but I am scared of Him.” I assured her that God is not like our earthly fathers.
One of the fathers had been listening to the whole story and whn he heard me tell about Jesus, he grumbled to one of the kids and walked away. I asked the child : “What did he say?” The kid replied “He was just complaining. He always complains.”
Please pray for Rama, for more boldness, more wisdom and more open doors to the this unreached people, the Tuareg!
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