Jody and Sarah Fox - this phase of our Journey as IMB missionaries in Niger, West Africa

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Why Africa? Why Niger?

A few years ago someone asked me why I would take my family to a third world country. I have since thought about the answer to this question and thought it fitting to make this answer the first blog post of our new blog.

Our desire to serve the Lord in Niger, West Africa above all is for the glory of Jesus Christ alone. Billions of people all over the world and millions of people in Niger are worshiping and bowing down to false gods who are not worthy of praise, honor or glory. Whether this god is the false god of Islam, the millions of gods of Hinduism, the false deities of Buddhism, the spirit gods of the animistic cultures all over the world, or even the god of self-promotion and materialism so prevalent in the West, all these gods are false gods. They do not see or hear or even understand and they are not worthy of one prayer, or one praise, and definitely do not deserve our honor or recognition.

Instead the only God who deserves all praise and glory and honor is the only God, Jesus Christ. My desire is to see men, women and children all over this world and especially in Niger, West Africa come to trust in the Lord for their salvation and lift their voices in praise to the one true God, “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:16-20).

Jesus Christ is the only God worthy to be praised, honored and adored. He is the only God who hears, sees and possesses knowledge. He is the only God. And because He is God there will come a day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord over all (Philippians 2:10). We desire to be used by God to help take the message of the only great God, Jesus Christ, to the nation of Niger, West Africa where millions of people are praying, and fasting, and giving alms, and taking pilgrimages all to a false god. I pray and know that as the word of God goes forth from our ministry and others who minister all over this world many will hear the Gospel, confess their sins and trust in the work of Christ alone for their salvation. And as they do their hearts will begin to sing praise and their voices cry out in honor and adoration to the great God of the universe, Jesus Christ.

I desire to stand on that day when we will meet Christ face to face and hear the voice of many people sing worthy is the Lamb, and I desire to hear the cry of every longing heart cry worthy is the Lamb. I desire to hear the great multitude “…from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’" This is the day I long for. Until then we will strive to be faithful to help take the glorious gospel to the nation of Niger so that as the people believe and are made new by the blood of the Lamb, praise to the Lord Jesus will ring forth from the lips of the Nigeriens and one day they too will stand around the throne and give God the praise that is only due His name.

To testify to the Gospel, for the sake of the nations, for the glory and praise of Christ alone!


2 comments:

  1. Wow, this first post made me cry at the end--just thinking of what it will be like when we stand before the Lamb. You guys are an awesome encouragement to us--and you will be to many others as well. Thanks for the reminder that this is not our home--but we wait for one whose maker and builder is God. Love, Bekah

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  2. It was a pleasure meeting you both. Thanks for coming to our church to speak to the adults and the GA and RA groups. I know the kids got a lot of it. I will be praying for you all.
    Katie

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