Hostile village opens up to the Gospel

By June 8, 2011

Mozambique (MNN) — Over the last two years, audio Scripture players have been distributed across Mozambique. The results of handing out the small, Bible-loaded devices have been jaw-dropping.

A team of missionaries with Audio Scripture Ministries recently traveled 6,000 kilometers to chart just how significant progress has been.

Tom Dudenhofer, executive director of ASM, says the team felt compelled to revisit several areas throughout the country.

"[Two years ago], the demand had been so strong and the supply had been so small that we just felt like it was critical that we try to go back into the area and encourage some of the Christians that were there. [We wanted] to remind them that we haven't forgotten them and that we really do care about their ministries," says Dudenhofer.

ASM has heard story after story of life transformation in Mozambique, and this trip was no exception. Perhaps the most notable discovery of the recent trip was of an entire village that had rearranged its thinking on Christ.

The village had been closed toward the message of Jesus Christ. Dudenhofer says they were hostile to the message for both religious and political reasons and were unwilling to hear the Truth.

Nevertheless, ASM missionaries left an audio player in the hands of a believing couple in the area. When another villager heard the player going one day, he came in and listened with them. Soon after, he gave his life to Christ.

The new believer decided to take the audio player back to his village, where he began to listen to the Scriptures. Curious people began listening to the Scriptures with him, and soon, 15 to 20 villagers were listening to the audio device regularly.

"They eventually were able to find a pastor to come and spend time with these people," adds Dudenhofer. "Right now, he is there; they have a fully-established church and they are growing–simply because one Scripture player was taken back into a very closed village."

Dudenhofer says these stories are repeated all across the African nation.

The team was able to hand out more audio Scripture players and check up on a building project that will provide more resources for audio Scripture production in Mozambique. The One Brick at a Time project is halfway there.

ASM team praises God for the work He has done through His Word in Mozambique. They are also able to pinpoint some needs. One is a prayer request: an ASM worker, Chad, has been infected with malaria. Pray for his recovery.

The second need? More audio players. People are excited to hear the Good News Jesus brings. Just one player can transform an entire village. Each audio device is $40. You can give to ASM here.

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