|God has sent some strong Christians to serve as our ATA leaders. The next story is told in the words of Pastor Martin, our coordinator in the DR Congo. He was robbed and abused as he was returning to his home after opening ATA classes.
“To tell you the truth, I had gone through some of my hardest times of my 60 years I have spent on this earth. The rebel took me out the bus and urged the taxi driver to go. He took me to the forest. He was behind me, carrying a big arm, asking me to go quickly and if not he was ready to shoot me. Imagine at my age. At about 5 kms in the bush, he urged me to sit down. He took everything I had with me: clothes, my shoes, belt, hat, watch, camera, phone, laptop. He asked me more money 1,500. He said that he was going to slaughter me if I do not pay.
I spent about 2 hours ready to be shoot. I was praying in my inside. Then appeared another from the gang. Fortunately he said he knows me. He asked me: “Pastor, how have you reached this place? Do you remember me? I could not answer because all my body was dry. After he said that I baptized his mother. A moment after, he asked the one who brought me to release me. He took me to the road almost naked. Then, he left me there. As I could not afford paying the trip expenses back home, many taxis did not want to take me. By the end, the police came and took me until Goma. I was questioned, slashed. But God is always God, He released me.
Now about the Bibles, they are available here in Goma at $10 each. I would need, if possible, 50.
Pray that I get another phone and a laptop.
Jesus did MUCH for me. I am in His vineyard and even death will not take me from His love.”