Samuel Ajayi Crowther would fit right in with More than a Mile Deep (MMD), Entrust’s ministry partner in Africa.
Ajayi Crowther was born in Nigeria in 1809, sold into slavery at about age 12, bound off to South America, freed before he got there by the British and returned to Sierra Leone (not his home country). In Sierra Leone, he became a Christian, a Bible teacher and eventually a missionary back to his homeland, taking dangerous ministry trips up the Niger River. He became the first Anglican bishop in Africa.
Bishop Crowther emphasized true repentance and obedience to Christ, not what some would call “cheap grace.” He aimed to equip local leaders to carry on the ministry. He sought holistic transformation – helping to establish schools and local businesses wherever he went – while keeping the gospel central to all he did.
That’s MMD! Check it out at www.entrust4.org/mmd.
Find yourself trying to do/be something you aren’t/can’t? You’re probably about as frustrated as this guy.
Good news! If you’re a squirrel, you don’t have to be a hummingbird. It’s really good to be a squirrel. Be who God made you. You’ll function better that way and everyone around you will benefit.
Don’t be a “wannabe.” Be a “by the grace of God, I am what I am.”
Feeling overwhelmed by life? Highly understandable.
But, what if you had to live under a regime with zero regard for human rights? Regularly witnessed your dad beating your mom? Can you imagine experiencing multiple near escapes from corrupt police, or constantly wondering how you will feed your family, a family forced to live in one bedroom in your parents’ apartment?
Take a few minutes to read Mircea Detesan’s account of suffering and doubt, faith and miracles, courage and grace. It’s not based on a true story. It is a true story.
Read Mircea’s amazing story.