Thursday, July 30, 2015

Suffering

We are currently attending our Intercultural Communication Course, and things have been going well, though it is challenging. One of yesterday's topics was suffering, and we heard from a missionary couple that was serving in Africa. One of the things that missionaries are taught is to look for what is called a "redemptive analogy" in the history or legends/stories of the people group that you are working among. This is something that is discussed in a book called "the Peace Child" by Don Richardson. Many people groups have these redemptive analogies, and they help people to better understand what Jesus did for all of humanity when He redeemed us by offering Himself to God as a sacrifice on the cross for our sins. Well, the missionary couple that we heard from today looked and looked for one with the people group they were serving, but couldn't find one. The people simply didn't have one, at least until the husband of this missionary couple, and another male missionary were attacked in their home one night by armed gunmen. There is too much to their story for me to write here. Suffice it to say that these men were shot, and suffered greatly, but God preserved their lives. Through their suffering, they became the redemptive analogy for this people group so that they could understand the love of Jesus.

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