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

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Giving out of Poverty

Written by: Jody
Here in Niger we have a number of believers.  Many are scattered in little villages up and down the Niger River.  About 5 or 6 years ago a man by the name of Isaac* came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior.  Because of his faith Isaac has undergone some persecution in his village on the border of Niger and Mali, but through it all he has continued in his walk with his Savior.  Currently through Isaac's and others witness a small church has formed in his village.  Because of the war in Mali this past year, our supervisors are unable to get to the village to do follow up work.  It's unsafe for westerners in that area, and unless you have a military escort you cannot and are not allowed by the government to go that far northwest.
Isaac also knows about the International Mission Board (IMB).  It was IMB missionaries who came to his village through the giving of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and taught and discipled this man.  Isaac knows about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and he is grateful that people give so that missionaries can come and bring people like him the hope of Jesus Christ. 
During this past rainy season, the heavy rains destroyed Isaac's mud brick house.  Isaac is extremely poor, he lives on less than 2 dollars a day.  He depends on the poor land to produce crops for his family to eat for the year.  Yet, his love for the Lord is strong.  Recently when a church back in America heard that Isaac's house had fallen they took an offering to give to him so he could rebuild his house.  The money was sent to our supervisors who then gave it to Isaac.  He could have easily taken all of the money given to him and used it to rebuild his house and buy a large quantity of food for his family.  However, knowing that IMB missionaries were sent to his village to share the gospel with the gifts provided through Lottie Moon, he asked on his own initiative, if a portion (about $30) of the money he just received could be given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  A man in a village in Niger, that lives on $2/day and had just been blessed with money he needed, gave out of his poverty so that, in his words, "More people can be sent to share Christ with people like me."

Thirty dollars may not seem like a big amount of money to give to Lottie Moon, but for Isaac it was a great sacrifice.  This would be about a months wages for him. When Isaac gave up this money, he was not giving up a few Christmas presents, no he was giving up a big amount of money for him and much needed money for his family.  This is truly a man who has given out of his poverty so that the gospel message can go forth among the nations.
We STRONGLY encourage you to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this year and to give above and beyond.  If you are not a member of an SBC church, this offering is a big reason we are able to serve the Lord in Niger, West Africa.  This offering goes to support current  missionaries and to send more missionaries overseas to tell the nations of the saving work of Christ. Please consider giving this year through your local SBC church or through the link I have provided here.

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1 comment:

  1. What an amazing love for his LORD and for his people. To him, this probably doesn't feel like sacrifice, but a wonderful privilege. LORD, please make me that much in love with You.