Three Strikes and We’re IN!
3:45 pm: We were ready for the biggest day at the Tuareg Camp since the 1st day we heard about them. Today, we were going to share the Gospel at the Kids Camp!! Thursday, April 12th and it was extraordinarily hot! But this is not unexpected since we are in the middle of the hot/dry season and we don’t expect rain until June. Well, as Heidi, the kids, Kate and the new missionaries were getting in the car, and I (Joel) and Didier were starting up a moped, the wind began to pick up! A rainstorm in April!!! Unbelievable! How was I supposed to ride a moped in the rain? Honestly I thought “maybe we should postpone this – the kids probably won’t come out in the rain anyhow”. Well, strike one for the devil – we waited 10 minutes and pushed forward after the storm passed.
4:15 pm: We arrived at the camp and I began to distribute the 100lbs of powdered milk we had brought (milk is one of the Tuareg’s staples) and the rest of the team began to play games with the kids. They LOVED the puddles, especially after such a hot day. The rain and wind had knocked the temp down at least 15 degrees. After playing for 20 minutes or so, Didier began to gather the (very rambunctious) kids for the lesson. It took a LONG time to get them calm, sitting and all together. Right when he did… it started pouring down rain again!!! It looked like we had struck out this time, as the group of kids exploded and they all ran away as fast as they could. But it was strike two for our enemy – they all ran together to a covered gazebo on the other side of the camp. In 15 minutes, they were calmly sitting, waiting for the story to begin.
5:30 pm: Didier had begun the story the week before, sharing the story of Abraham and his son (The Muslims believe it’s Ishmael, not Isaac), and he explained that the son represents us, that we deserve to die because of our sin, but who does the lamb represent? And that’s how he left it off… and this week the kids were clamoring to know “who is the lamb?!” Well, just as he began to share about Jesus Christ (more about that in the next post), a couple of the Moms showed up. Heidi’s 1st reaction was to hush Didier up just a little…
Then, 3 of the men strolled over and stopped to listen! Didier was in full throttle now, sharing about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. And these men looked scary! Turbans and sunglasses, thick beards and unsmiling faces… These guys are known to have terrorist connections and a very NEGATIVE outlook on Christians. This was meant to be our third strike, you’re OOUUUT! But Didier and his 12 year old Tuareg interpreter just kept going. And the Dads just stood there and listened, then they just walked away.
Wow! This was a moment that was not meant to happen, when little hearts hidden from God would get to encounter Him. So what happened? Read the next post!
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