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Naeema

Naeema is six, with a sweet, no-front-teeth smile. Once, when I didn’t give her a balloon she wanted, she threatened to throw herself off my two-story balcony. I picked her up, took her down the stairs, and deposited her, kicking and screaming, outside my front door. When she calmed down,…

From Pig Lover to Bible Worker

Four years ago, at 16, before Júlio became one of our Bible workers, he struggled in a terrible battle with his appetite. His sister had invited him to visit the Adventist church, into which she and four of her other brothers and sisters had recently been baptized. Júlio enjoyed visiting…

A New Name

In Guinea-Bissau, there is an intriguing habit common to several African countries. When a child is born, the name chosen relates to the events or circumstances surrounding the baby’s arrival. An interesting example comes with the name Nenemacho. Some parents, as soon as a male baby is born, choose this…

Mariam

Mariam, a Guinean woman, is married to a Malian farmer named Kalilou, who has two wives. Their family currently resides in Bancoumana, one of the villages where we served. Mariam met Brother Yaya, an evangelist on the Malinke project, in a sewing workshop. After introductions and discussions, they realized they…

Byse

When I first met Byse, I thought he was kind of cheeky, sticking his nose into pretty much every affair. He was the son of our district Bible worker and had come from the national university in the far south to live with his family and finish his thesis in…

Conversion for a Devote Muslim like Enarouma

Enarouma, an Arab in his late twenties, has helped me study the local language and culture since 2018. Until August of this year, he was a devout Muslim. His decision on August 24, 2022, to follow Christ after nearly five years of spiritual conversations has recently led me to reflect…

Edi

In a village named Kountori lived Edi. From a young age, she has been under the control of demons and would hear them talking together and to her. They used her to spiritually attack her stepmother, sending her away, destroying the family and weakening her father’s spirituality. Because she was…

Allie

“No, like this,” Allie said as she patiently repeated the sound for me for what seemed like the fifteenth time. Once in a while, I would get it right, and she would excitedly say, “Yes!” But more often, she would say, “No, you are saying ‘cooking.’ To say ‘washing,’ it…

It Beggars Belief

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed” (Psalm 34:18 NLT). “When I looked into the teacher’s eyes, I could see her sorrow and grief. I strongly felt that I needed to do something, so I asked her if I could give her a…

Apomato

When we first met 15 years ago, Apomato was a quiet-mannered, loving mother of three girls and a baby boy. Most Sabbaths, she was found attending the services at the Kotale church, though she was not yet a baptized member. One time I challenged the young Sabbath School children to…

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