By a worker in Africa
This month I’ve been telling the Joseph story in three parts to a group of handicapped men. Last week a religious teacher that I had met before walked by while I told the story. He was Friendly, but obviously not in agreement with my sharing. I saw him whisper something to one of the blind fellows that had showed unusual interest.
When I arrived this morning to finish the story it felt like a wet blanket was over everyone, and the blind fellow never even acknowledged my presence. It was very obvious the men had been told to NOT listen to me. Still, two showed enough interest in hearing the story that I decided to continue with part three—in a loud voice because they were a few yards apart or more. I could tell some of the other men wanted to listen, but acted like they didn’t out of fear of not being accepted by the others. Talk about huge pressure to conform in this religion.
Before I left, one of the leader types said he’d not forgotten our plans to invite folks to come watch the Jesus film at his home. I added something like this: “I know not everyone agrees with the things I’m sharing, but I’ve found peace and reconciliation with God, and forgiveness of sins! It’s just such good news (and I got choked up) that I want to share it.” I could see on some faces a respect for what I said. It was hard going today, and I left wanting to cry for them, and yet also left encouraged.