Fire and Stones
Cannot stop the Gospel
"G.S., one of our staff, visits remote Egyptian villages six days each
week to preach the Gospel," reports "Ziel 19", newsletter of the
Schweizer Missionsgemeinde (Swiss Missions Church).
Sometimes he decides to preach in three villages on one day. He must
overcome many difficulties, but he sees that as his task, God's calling
on his life. He recently wrote "I have twelve new farming villages
in [withheld for security] Province on my heart. I have
to visit them, no matter how strong the resistance is. And the stronger
the resistance, the more open doors I find in the villages when I get
For example, the men in village [xxx] barricaded my path with rubble
and straw. When I reached the barricade, they set fire to it.
I just waited and prayed. When the fire died out, I walked over the
ashes, and they retreated without attacking me. I could preach freely,
and many gathered to hear the Word of God.
In [xxx] they redirected water from a canal onto the road so
that I could not proceed. I waited, praying Isaiah 43:2 When you
pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the
streams, they will not overwhelm you. The waters soon receded, and
the people who wanted to harm me vanished with them. I again found
people in the village who were open for the Gospel.
In another village I had to pass by fanatic men who cursed me loudly
and tried to stop me passing. They did not attack me, though. The next
village was most dangerous: they tried to stone me, but I was
not hurt, as though I had a shield around me. In that village people
were healed through prayer and evil spirits were driven out of people.
Today, the Gospel is changing the lives of many people in the villages
which I now regularly visit."
Source: G.S. in Ziel 19, Schweizerische Missionsgemeinde, Josefstr.
206, 8005 - Zurich, Switzerland