Have you ever read the story in Luke 8 about the demon possessed man from the town of Gerasenes? The Bible says that for a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house. Instead, he had lived among the tombs, often chained hand and foot and kept under guard because he was so violent, and even this precaution wasn't always enough. Often, he would break his chains and been driven by the demon into solitary places.
Last week, Scott, Luiz, and four of our disciples left for the village of Zongoené (David Cuna's village, for those of you who know him). They knew that they would be visiting and encouraging David’s family with whom David had shared Jesus with previously, but beyond that, they didn’t know what to expect. They needed God to open doors and to lead them to the people He knew would be receptive to the word. God was faithful.
While there are many stories to tell, I want to tell you briefly about Joaquim. He had a chain around his ankle to keep him from walking too far from home. His family said they had to do this because he had an evil spirit that would come upon him and would cause him to go around insulting people and yelling at them. Obviously this is something the neighbors did not like, so they had to chain him. What surprised Scott about Joaquim was how young he was. They prayed for his deliverance and spent time with him, sharing the freedom that Jesus promised. On their last day in the village, he knelt and said he too wanted Jesus to be his Lord.
They left Zongoené with 4 preaching points to follow up on next month. They planted many seeds and many say they want to learn more. They plan to make monthly visits to teach and help these new believers. Pray for the people of Zongoené and for our efforts to show the love of Jesus to them.
"He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Luke 4:18-19
Be blessed today,