|Tim at Church in Alexandria, Egypt|
In February of 2016 we began our ninth year in All Nations Outreach Ministry with a trip to six nations in Africa. Four of these regions were familiar to us, while four countries we made out genesis outreach. We preached in many dialects and to many variations of Africans. While in Seychelles we encountered many European influences as we shared the gospel in many public schools with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Onto Mauritius we witnessed an Asian culture and shared the the message of Christ with people of a Hindu background. Into Madagascar and Kenya we witnessed the gospel to people with traditional African culture and ideology. The Swahili and Malagasy were people with former roots in animism and ancestry worship. Once in Ethiopia we entered villages that had been inhabited by Ethiopian Jews and told them of our Jewish Savior. Finally, I was blessed to preach Jesus to Egyptian Arabs and see many come to saving faith.
From the Arabs of northern Africa, to the black men and women of eastern Africa, to the yellow-skinned African on these three islands in the Indian Ocean the message was only ONE, Jesus Christ.. Salvation through the blood of Jesus is a universal message no matter one's language. As I (Tim Pledger) and my brother in missions (Adewale Adesina) traveled these many miles over land and sea, we saw that the joy one inherited when they accepted the good news was not different, but the same. We learned that people are people in every culture and language. It does not matter if one leaves behind Paganism, Hinduism, Islam, or Atheism to come to Christ, so long as the path of grace leads to the Old Rugged Cross. On this excursion we were able to see 7,081 people receive Jesus personally as their Savior. All of them that truly were saved were saved from very different but tragically similar past choices. However, in Jesus all of them have the same unique future as sons and daughters of God. Jesus is truly for All Africans.
|Tim with children before a gospel film in Madagascar|