Most Bantu people in Central Africa worship the spirit of their deceased ancestors. It is their traditional religious belief that God is so remote that He is out of reach. So the Bamileke comes with the belief that the spirit of death ancestors, if carefully introduced into the spiritual family become minor gods, therefore serve as intercessors between the living and the most High God that is out of reach.
We believe in the final and relentless march of the gospel truth to ultimate and glorious victory. But much careful thought and fervent prayers are required to know how to approach the Bantu People in central Africa upon the great subject of that gospel truth.
In the book of Evangelism page 330, Ellen G. White wrote: “when in our work for God right methods are energetically followed, a harvest of souls will be gathered.” Because of the Bantu tie to their traditional religious belief in fear of facing angry ancestors, we must design right methods to follow and pray so the gospel truth is accompanied to the heart by God’s Spirit so it can quicken the conscience or transform the life.
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Zachariah 4:6
Our model of Public Evangelism follows 5 steps:
- Seed Planting: we encourage our bible workers to create opportunities to interact with the local community. We encourage them to mingle with the unreached – whether door-to-door or at community events that will not compromise their beliefs.
- Building Relationships: our bibles workers identify the most important needs of the local community and start designing bridge events through our humanitarian programs to tackle those needs in order to win the confidence of the local population. Once souls who are searching for truth are found, we develop a relationship with those souls and fan their flame of interest through bible studies!
- The public evangelism Seminar: This is it! We encourage our bible workers to personally invite community members, including those reached through bridging events. Our Public evangelism campaign has reaping power now — a chance for souls to make lifelong commitments to Christ.
- Follow Up: Evangelism isn’t a one-time event — it’s a cycle. Our lay ministers keep working with interests by pursuing decisions or those who have decided for baptism. Also, most people hear last-day truth for the very first time at an evangelism seminar; they need help to solidify these subjects in their minds and our lay ministers are there to help.
- Creation of new congregations: “When divine power is combined with human effort, the gospel will spread like fire in the stubble” Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 1, page 118. As the number of follower grows, we assist with the creation of the local congregation to accommodate the need.
“How shall they believe in Jesus of whom they have not heard? … and how shall they preach, except they be sent? (Romans 10: 14, 15). Will you send us?