|Dancing with the locals before the evangelism movie began|
The worry for these people, then, is what will happen if they choose not to appease the spirits and the witch doctor. As usual, Jesus does not fit into cultural norms, and the decision to follow him is against the world. The choice to follow him is a bold one, but a great one, yet it is a very hard thing here due to the fact that you will stand apart from most of what you know and what others believe to be true.
|The local believers setting up the movie screen before evangelism started that evening.|
This past bush trip after the evangelism movie was over and the preaching was nearly completed, I was a bit surprised to see two people go forward when the pastor asked if anyone would like to know and follow Christ. It was incredible to later find out that nine people ended up praying that night to give their lives to Christ, but these two people actually walked up to the front of the crowd as soon as the invitation was given and stood with the pastor, unashamedly showing the couple hundred people present that they were choosing to follow Jesus. This was the first time that I had ever seen anyone do that during an evangelism night, and I was blown away by their boldness.
Sadly with this being late at night, we didn't end up getting any pictures of the two going forward. I wish that I could have in order to show this, but it was an amazing sight and one that I won't forget.
Seeing that leads me to wonder—what if we were all so bold? Our boldness may not need to take the form of walking to the front of a crowd, but perhaps it needs to take the form of bringing up Jesus' work in our lives in a conversation with a friend, coworker, or family member who doesn't know Him. Might we all aim to be like these two new Burkinabé Christians, "standing up" quickly and boldly when we have opportunities to proclaim our commitment to Jesus.