This pastor’s home country is on the list of top 30 countries that persecute Christians. Those who reject ancestor worship, animism, or Buddhism are either removed from their villages or beaten.
This graduate of the Pastoral Studies Institute could safely stay in the U.S. and pastor the people he serves. Instead, he and his wife choose to spend their own money to travel back to their country of origin. There they risk their lives to tell people about the one true God.
“As I go into the country, they ask if I am going to talk about God,” he said. (They hold his passport and threaten not to give it back if he does.) “I said, ‘No’ but in my head I said ‘Yes.’”
On his first trip, he spoke to a group about marriage. “The women were crying. I was teaching the husbands that God says to love their wives,” he said. They had never heard that before and it brought them to tears. They begged him to bring Bibles the next time he came.
So he did, even though it could put him in grave danger.
As he walked through security, he had Bibles in his backpack. “At the gate they searched all my luggage. Except my backpack. I went through and gave away all the Bibles,” he said.
Please pray for both the current and former Pastoral Studies Institute students. They often face family shame and risk security for the sake of the gospel.