A Lost Son

It’s the work of Jesus that brings glory to God, as this Global Story reminds us…

Welcome to “The Global Story,” a weekly glimpse into how God is at work through the global Body of Christ. This is Galen from Global Disciples.

Jesus does so many things to point people to Him, and to demonstrate the glory of God.

In Global Disciples, we often hear stories and testimonies about the work of Jesus to heal people, to bind up the broken, to bring new life to the dead, to renew relationships, and to build up families.

He gives sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and a new voice to those who can’t speak. And He finds and brings home those who are lost.

We recently had a report from Mutunga, who directs a discipleship-mission program in Kenya. In their latest training, about 15 people participated—and 8 of them went out as church planters.

During the outreach portion of training, about 20 people came to faith in Jesus Christ, and were baptized. And they planted two new churches.

Some of the disciple-makers went to a remote region to share the Gospel. And they met Lizabet, a single woman, who was also the local witchdoctor. But in conversation with her, they learned her son had been missing for five years. He had just disappeared! And there had been no word in all that time.

The disciple-makers shared the Word of God with her, told her about Jesus, and prayed with her, especially for her lost son.

Sometime later, the team got word that Lizabet’s son had returned. So they went back to see the family.

Having seen how Jesus heard and answered the prayer for her son, Lizabet was eager to put her faith in Jesus for salvation. She gave up being a witchdoctor, discarding her old ways, and now she hosts a new fellowship in her home. And people are getting saved each week!

Now the word in her village is that “if the son is back and the witchdoctor is saved, then Jesus is real.”

For that, we give glory to God. Thanks to work of Jesus, His Son, a lost son came home, and a witchdoctor was transformed, as a church is being planted!

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