For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. – Hebrews 4:12–13.
We sometimes forget the power of the Word. The Word is alive and He is active. There is a wonderful missions organization named Reaching a Generation (RAG). Their focus is on children; raising the next generation of believers. One of the challenges they face in Western Zambia is mission creep (a gradual shift in objectives that results in commitments beyond the original mission scope). Each week they run children’s ministries in several villages. The children are brought to the meetings by their mothers. These mothers, hungry for the Word, remain and listen to the teaching. This may sound good, but they are receiving “milk” instead of the “solid food” they need. Simba (the RAG representative in Sioma, Western Zambia) expressed to us the issue concerning the mothers and asked if we could come and start a Bible study with them. We showed up, asked the mothers to come aside, introduced ourselves and then taught them how to conduct a simple Discovery Bible Study. We asked one of the women to volunteer to lead the group in further study over the following weeks. A woman named Susan stepped forward, we gave her an audio Bible in the Lozi language and prayed over her.
(Susan in the orange)
This group of about five women faithfully met each week, and in three weeks time they numbered 50. The next week a pastor from a local church and his congregation of 30 decided to join them. Now it is a church, applying for a building partnership with Judea Harvest, and training in evangelism and church planting. This is the power of the Word of God.