Constructive Conflict

A few days ago, Mr. W, your AFM-sponsored graduate from Omaura, PNG’s layman’s training school, sent a message to our Balimo elders asking for prayer. He and another man, Mr. B, were being forced into court by villagers who didn’t want them around. The charge: disturbing the peace.

All this started when Mr. B, a new convert and the headmaster of the local school, felt a burden to share his conviction about the seventh-day Sabbath. Mr. W joined with him, and together they were having studies with several others when things started getting hot, metaphorically speaking. If the court judged against them, they would be forced to cease and desist all outreach and studies.

When court convened, there was an obvious lack of purpose, and there were no witnesses to champion the charges against them. No one seemed to know exactly who had called the gathering. Mr. B, always ready to talk, eventually stood and challenged the group to a Bible study the next day to see if he and Mr. W were teaching anything contrary to the scriptures. An old deacon stood and said that Mr. B and Mr. W were doing God’s work, and the court should not interfere. At that, the meeting broke up.

The next day, nearly the entire village met at Mr. B’s house to study the Bible to learn for themselves what they were teaching. Praise the Lord!

Acts 4:28: “They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.”

To be continued…

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