“Norah” was on break from her Islamic studies where she’s preparing to be an Islamic teacher. It was great to see her again and catch up. She had sent Islamic books home with family members to pass on to me and was excited I’d received them. As she returned to her studies today, I sent…

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In a meeting with “Nina” where we studied the Word, she became frustrated again. “I just want to know the Truth. Why won’t God show me?” We talked about the desire for God in the heart of every person and how He’s growing that desire in her. We discussed what it would be like if…

I met a long-time friend, “Jewel”, during Ramadan and then again today. I’ve prayed in the name of Jesus for her healing before but she would remind me that she believes “Jesus isn’t God, only God is God.” Before she came today, I asked God to show me how to lift up Jesus. I asked…

I learned an interesting cultural perspective recently. While I was buying food in town, a man approached me to tell me it was good that I covered my head with a scarf. To emphasize his point, he took two pieces of wrapped candy. He unwrapped only one, then put them both on the ground. He…

The sun rises over desolate beaches, devoid of the usual morning activity of this Fishing Boat community. Only a few walk quietly on the beach, rolling their prayer beads and reciting the attributes of God. Ramadan has started. The hustle and bustle is replaced with quiet mornings of prayer and reflection before each work day…

Swahili Coast: “Stephanie’s” family invited me to a wedding last night. It started at 8 pm, but the bride and groom didn’t arrive until after 10 pm. In the meantime, all of the guests (all women) sat on the ground and listened to the group of young men from the local mosque sing and play…

“Mark” admitted to class that when he was very young his dad left his mom. His dad accused her of being pregnant by someone else. Mark can’t forgive his father. He has a lot of pain in his life. His father tried to reconcile but Mark refused. He knows unforgiveness is a sin but he…

The past 3 weeks we’ve been blessed with a visit by my wife’s parents. It’s always exciting to see someone process what is a new context to them but so familiar to us. It was a joy to share our lives and our work here in the Swahili Coast with our family. Before they returned…

“Gabe” told us, “My father is a religious man. When people are sick he says a dua (prayer) or reads the Quran over charms and gives them the charms. He also hears from Satan. One night Satan told him a curse was put on my family. Afterwards I got very sick and could not eat….

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