Rafael, A trainee from a recent discipleship training event in Guinea shares what he experienced there, and what he took away from it:
“I am a trader by profession, running my own business called Raphael & Sons. For a long time I was simply a nominal Christian, but three years ago I had the chance to be trained as a church planter. Afterwards, I tried to put the advice and training I received there into practice.
“I bought a plot of land, thirty miles from the capital city. It was there that I built my house and introduced myself as a trader. I started interacting and collaborating with the people there, just as the training recommended. I became part of their community. We did business together. Eventually, I was even able to build and developed a private school. After seeing this, the district came to me and asked me to join the council, and I continued to accept this offer year after year. They said that they needed people like me to give good advice, and to be involved in conflict resolution. When there are cases surrounding a property, I share what the Bible says: The land belongs to everyone, but to the State first.
“Because of its involvement and activities, the church is recognized in the community. Some time ago, when the district council divided land into plots, they set aside plots for a mosque, for schools, and for a hospital. They then asked me: “Will the church need a plot as well? You should not buy land for the church, because the church is important to our community.” They gave us four plots to use, free of charge. Currently, their total value is around $32,000 US. Because of this gift, we were able to build a beautiful church property. This was all born out of the church planting training that I went through.
“This year, there are new modules in the training that we have not yet gone through, such as multiplication. From this, we understood that if our friends come to faith, we can go further and plant more churches where there are none.
“I thank the donors that have made these trainings possible, I thank those who have it in their hearts to help my country, and I thank the trainers that teach us the “how to” behind our work. It is difficult to talk about Jesus in Guinea, but if we use these strategies, we will have success. We need to remember that the Gospel came here almost a century ago, and we have not yet reached several indigenous people groups. With the help of these trainings, we are moving forward, and we are evolving. We pray that God will help us evangelize our country in a way that all people groups here will know the Gospel.”