Report From Niger part 3
Aderbissinat is 93.75 miles (150km) from AGADEZ, we drove to a Fulani town called BARKA (1.87miles or 3km) from Aderbissinat. There are also TUAREG who speak different language other than the Fula. They are also one of the tribes in Niger. The types of their dressing are a bit different from the main Fulanis.
Apostle Kwasi and one of the Tuareg and behind them is their “gust house”.
The king of the Fulani village is called Djibire Doula. The President of Niger recognizes him as very, very important Fulani chief. They received us graciously and put us in a make shift tent. King Djibire and his people are Muslims yet received us warmly. We saw that Islamic religion is not strong here in this large Fulani settlement. We could sense from our interaction that they are waiting for our message.
Apostle Kwasi and team met the King of BARKA Village at their “gust house”
We showed Jesus film and preached to them. We spent three days here and looked as if we have known these people for many years as we interacted with them, slept in an open air, ate their food, no running water, electricity etc. They know that our country Ghana has advanced more than their country and wondered why we could travel such a long distance on the hot desert to minister to them. That gave us the opportunity to tell them about the love of Jesus, how he came to die a shameful death to save us- It was love at work. What touched them very much is John 14:6 – Jesus said to him “ I am the way, and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me –NASB.
Apostle Kwasi sharing the gospel to the King and his elders
The king and his elders took us outside on the third day and showed us a land he has given to us to construct a church and place for Oumarou Djibrila and Oro Barangoua who will latter move here. We prayed over the ground. We drove from Aderbissinat to Agedez and on our way back home, we passed through Tanout, Maradi, Niamey Barkundouba, Wa and to Kumasi.
1. The Name above every name.
We found Philippians 2:8-10 very true………… The Fulani’s are very wonderful people, but they rely on occult, witchcraft, sorcery, charms etc. We had a fair share of those practices geared towards us in all the places we were. But we relied on the name above every name –Jesus Christ. We began to watch out also, for example on two or three occasions, anytime we had ministered in those dark places and were going back, we would see an oncoming vehicles, then a big cattle will come from nowhere in a short distance to cross the road on our side. To go forward will mean to hit the animal and to veer off into the direction of an oncoming car and that will be a terrible accident. We would say ‘in Jesus Name we command you cattle stop’ the animal with a terrific speed will stop (PTL).
2. The favor of God.
We saw the favor of the Lord everywhere. For example we crossed River Niger (the biggest river on the west coast of Africa) on a ferry two times north of Niamey. On our way back it was about 10:30pm and the ferry had closed. We went to the big boss in charge of the ferry and upon hearing our mission, he ordered the operator to ferry us across.
On reaching the other side, we had wanted to continue to Burkina-Faso and spend the night at Jantam Fulani Ministry which was very risky in the night. Someone came from nowhere and noticing our vehicle number and asked “are you from Ghana?” We said ‘yes’ and he spoke in our local dialect because he was born in Ghana. He told us that the King of the place had a wife from Ghana, and would give us a place to stay. We bowed to his decision and shortly after that there was a heavy downpour of rain with a big desert storm with sand that night which could have made driving difficult and a possible accident.
3. The Lord protected us from sicknesses
Pray for this country. According to the indigenes every woman wants to bring forth 12 children. The philosophy of this country is “it is better to beg than to steal”. So every day, the children are driven into the streets with begging pans to beg for food and everything without going to school. Others either take care of sheep, cattle or goats.
Pray for the two churches we opened at WURA and BARKA and all the Fulani Christians we ministered to.
Kwasi & Victoria Appiah
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