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The best stories often come from Africa.

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How is the grass on your path?

 

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private . . .

-Jesus  in Matthew 6:6

 

When an African becomes a Jesus-Follower*, he is taught the importance of having a private place to pray.  They will find a location in the nearby bush to be alone with God.  Soon, a visible footpath will lead to the tree, river, or rock where the Believer prays daily.

  Fellow mature Jesus-Followers take note of the beaten path.  If the grass begins to grow over the path,  they will ask the new Believer,  “Brother, I see that the grass is growing on your path.”

I must ask myself these three questions:

  1. How is the grass on my path?
  2. What am I doing (or not) that is causing my spiritual path to become less visible?
  3. What am I going to do about it?

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

-Jesus in Matthew 6:6

The Red Dirt of Africa quickly gets in your nose and heart.
The Red Dirt paths of Africa quickly get in your heart.

* We are learning to use the term “Jesus-Follower” as opposed to “Christian.” In many parts of Africa (and the world) a Christian is anyone who isn’t Muslim or Hindu. Becoming a Christian is all about being born again (John 3:3) through a personal relationship with Jesus, the Son of God.  Becoming a Jesus-Follower!

 

If you’re interested in learning more about being a Jesus-Follower, I’d love to visit with you. I can be reached through the contact form on the Creekbank home page.

 

I’d like to thank my friend  S.W. for sharing this story with me.

RoadTrailMercyHomeSept2013IMG_2166 This is my favorite current photo.  It’s the path to a village in NW Uganda where we’ve been working among the K People.

About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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