The difference a date and cup of cold water can make

September 5, 2019

The Sudanese Church astounds neighboring Muslims with radical generosity

In North Africa, fuel shortages are common. Especially in recent times of turmoil, cars wait in mile-long lines for hours, sometimes days, waiting for gas. The sweltering heat can sometimes reach 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Why not serve dates and cold water to those waiting in line?” our partners thought.

After gaining approval from the government, members from our partner’s church began handing out free dates and water to drivers waiting in line.

Drivers were astonished. “Why are you doing this?” they asked.

Teams reached nine gas stations, passing out 5,000 care packages. On the window of their four rented trucks, they displayed large posters which read: “If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward,” Matthew 10:42.

The following week 160 Muslims came through the doors of our partner’s church for the first time. The verse put up on each of our partner’s vans was the first Bible verse that many of them had ever read.

“Who are these Christians serving us?” they asked.

They are used to the state or Islamic organizations helping them and upon seeing the volunteers, they took pictures and started posting to social media. This posting sparked a discussion on Facebook where citizens asked why there was so much hatred toward Christians.

The church pastor wrote, “Even in this very difficult crisis, the Lord gave us a creative and effective way to proclaim His Word!”

Please pray with us for our partners in Sudan:

  • Pray for the government of Sudan as they maneuver their new structure
  • Pray for Christians in Sudan as the find creative ways to be Christ’s hands and feet in their communities
  • Pray for the persecution many Sudanese Christians are facing that they would be encouraged in these difficult times

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