Witnessing by loving

POSTED ON 2011-06-10
  by Dena McMaster

Simbaari believers in Papua New Guinea wanted to show their faith by loving and serving those from another religious group.

Rather than argue about whether salvation is through faith or by works, the Simbaris decided to set aside certain days to work in the gardens and help build houses for those who did not believe in salvation through faith alone.

Recently they’ve been studying through Romans and noted verses that reinforce their decision. They haven’t seen much fruit from their loving service but God did open a door for ministering His Word.

Those belonging to a religious group were planning a conference so the “men and women of Jesus,” as believers are known among the Simbaris, wanted to show their love in a tangible way. They collected 17 bags of food to help feed the large crowd that was coming. When they delivered the gift, they were immediately surrounded by hundreds of people, some in tears because of the kind gift. Their desire was to quietly give the gift and leave, but some of the unbelievers wanted to know what they had to say about the gift.

To point to Christ as the only way to salvation, Raymond, one of the Simbari believers, shared on behalf of the men and women of Jesus using verses like John 14:6: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”

Some of the leaders from the other group tried to praise the believers but the believers refused, saying that this behavior was not unusual for those who follow Christ and have His Spirit living in them.

Then some of the believers opened their homes to those visiting from other areas. As they sat around chatting in the evening, the believers shared from God’s Word.

Some of the group said, “We don’t need to go to our meetings. God’s Word is right here. You can keep teaching if you like.”

Praise God with us for the open door that the Simbari believers have to present the Gospel.

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