As you have shown an interest in what God is doing through the meetings in Nairobi, Kenya where key leaders from six African countries met, I want to add fuel to your prayers. Yesterday’s blog reveals how God is moving through a leader from Liberia. God has moved in his heart to reach the Krahn people group in Liberia and Western Ivory Coast (Cōte dˊlvoire). With that in mind, I want to give a small slice of the Krahn culture which will help in praying for them and this key leader.
Nearly all of the Western Krahn still practices various forms of animism, believing that non-human objects have spirits. In particular, ancestor worship (praying to deceased relatives for guidance or protection) is practiced. It is believed that the supreme god is too distant to worship directly; therefore, the only way to serve or worship him is through a spirit. Often they worship a statue or other object believed to "house" a spirit. In return, the spirit gives the worship to the supreme god.
This should remind us of Paul’s burden as he entered Athens and “saw that the city was full of idols”. “What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything…that they should seek God…He is actually not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:16, 23b–25, 27).
Let us pray for this leader (Abraham) in Liberia, that the Holy Spirit will instill in him that same effective power that was in Paul so these people can be reached with the pure gospel of grace.
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