Yesterday was an amazing day. I was honored to preach a sermon at the Fulani church with Pastor Babangida. Very cool. I preached on worship and the state of our hearts. Is God at the center of our worship or are there other idols in our lives? After the sermon Babandiga stood before his church and asked for forgiveness. It was a perfect picture of repentance. The church gathered around him and prayed for him. Very powerful. Yesterday afternoon Scott, Ray, and I went to a local Mosque to meet with what we thought were going to be a few of the Imams from the town. Instead, we sat under facing 15 to 20 Imams from town, the elders of the Mosque, and about 60 additional Muslim believers. We simply wanted to try to build a relationship with the Muslim community in town. After more than 2 1/2 hours of dialogue we ended the meeting when a HUGE crack of thunder clapped above us. Loudest thunder I have ever heard in my life. The meeting was a success and we were invited back to meet with them later if we wanted to. Babangida is going to try to set up a meal with a few of the Imams later this week. Pray that God would give us the right words and spirit to meet with them.
Today and tomorrow we will spend the night in the bush meeting with different villages. Very cool.
I have been faced with a huge question on this trip. Sitting in front of 80 Muslims and Imams (many with weapons!) raises a question - would I be willing to die for my Jesus? Would I be willing to make a stand?
Yesterday was the closest I have ever come to needing to answer that question. I would like to say that I was ready, but to be honest, I'm not sure. There were a million thoughts crossing my mind. Today though, I can't wait to go back and talk more.
How about you? Are you ready? Would you stand?