Three of us sailed to a village called N- to give baptism to 11 people from four families. It took us four hours by boat to travel. We conducted the first worship service at that village. When I asked Yu (55 yrs) why they decided to become Christians, his answer was quite simple. He said, “I was a witchdoctor and village priest. But when I look around my surroundings, I began knowing that it is not good to be animists anymore for my community. Then we all turned to the major religion of the country. But we found difficulties in some of its teachings, like if you can give more (merits), you will get salvation. Since we are poor, we can’t donate enough money to get to heaven. We even struggled to propitiate evil spirits by offering our animals while we were animists.
When we got sick and needed to be hospitalized, we saw a great difference between believers of other religions and Christians. There is no visiting, no care, no prayer among other believers and animists. But there is in Christians. Even though they don’t know us, they care and love one another as brothers and sisters. They visit and help with whatever they can. I found great love in this religion, which I think is the mark of true religion. Your missionaries told us that there is forgiveness if we repent and believe in Jesus and get salvation which is free, attainable even for the poor like us. That’s why we decided to believe Jesus and become Christians.”
We entered Yu’s house, and we did what they called house cleaning. That is removing all the items relating to animism or other religions. At one corner, we found some bones of animals and leaves that were used for spirit worship. We also found a picture of monks, tracts and flowery leaves that are offered to an idol. After prayer, we did consecration of the house.
After that we held the first service sharing the full account of the Gospel, inviting them to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and gave baptism.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).