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Topic: Sad (07/26/07)
TITLE: Tragic Good News
By Dixie Phillips
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“How much further?” Deo asked.
“According to the map, we’re almost there.” His assistant answered.
A shrill whistle interrupted the missionaries. Suddenly, they were surrounded by hundreds of Pygmies. Men, women, boys and girls stared at the foreigners. Quickly, Deo identified the leaders and began to shower them with small gifts. Laughter replaced suspicion.
“We’ve brought you some crackers to eat. Sit down and I will give you some and tell you a story.” Deo declared as he slipped a cracker into the hand of a young boy. Sniffing the mysterious gift, the boy began to lick the salt and cooed, “Mmmmm!”
“I want to tell you about the one true God.” Deo addressed his new friends.
A woman stood, “I Isokee. I understand what you say. I help you tell my people about your God.”
“Thank you, Isokee.” Deo said as he continued, “The one and true God loved you so much that He sent His only Son into the world.”
Isokee repeated so the Pygmies could understand. One little girl stood and chattered in her foreign tongue.
“What is she saying, Isokee?” Deo asked.
Isokee smiled, “She say. True God gave Son. What did people do to Son? They worship Him? They build huge house for him? They make King out of Him? She want to know what people do to Son that true God gave?”
Scalding tears fell from Deo’s eyes as he spoke, “They killed Him.”
This is the story of Deo Mwamba, a Muslim sheik who came to the Lord, in Africa. Deo is now working with the Pygmies in the Equatorial Forest and seeing hundreds come to know Jesus.
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