Jonathan and Susan Kopf, Ethnos 360, Papua
An exciting development from our discipleship-toward-leadership classes has been that people realized they had been trusting in their attempts to be good rather than placing their confidence in Jesus to pay their sin debt. That gave opportunity for the elder/deacon trainees to lead them to faith in the Lord. Since then this realization has spread and many more have come forward saying they want to turn to Jesus to become children of God.
Then we told our village friends that before our elder/deacon “ordination” service we would like to hold a baptism service for the ones who had already given testimonies of faith in Jesus, and wondered if there were others who would also like to get baptized. Several expressed a desire to publicly demonstrate their faith in Jesus so we asked them to meet with the elder/deacon trainees to share their testimonies. On October 5, eight people shared how they were trusting in the death of Jesus to pay for their sin debt, but then more people arrived so we said we would gather again the next evening to hear their testimonies. On October 6, ten more people articulated trust in the blood of Jesus to make them children of God. But then more people arrived so we met again on October 7 where seven more people shared faith in Jesus. But more people arrived and asked us to gather again the next evening so on October 8 eleven more people confessed turning from religious attempts to satisfy their sin debt to trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus! That’s not all. Our own daughter, Mikenna, also wanted to publicly express her faith in Jesus along with the others. Saturday, October 13, 49 members of the Hewa tribe were baptized! Thank you for praying! This is truly a modern day Acts story!