December GAP newsletter

December 05, 2019 at 6:00 AM

OusmaneGAP.jpgThe late Dr. Ousmane Soh consults with a patient in his clinic in Dahra, Senegal, in 2016. (Photo by Dr. Greg Kuiper)

December GAP newsletter

By Nathan Stob  Nathan short.jpg

There are certain times in life when we recognize the urgency of spreading the Gospel. One of these times came recently to the Luke Society when Dr. Ousmane Soh passed away on Sept. 26.

Dr. Soh grew up in a nomadic Fulani tribe in Senegal, Africa. He was a strong Muslim and quickly advanced in his studies. Through miraculous events and callings from God, Dr. Soh was converted to Christianity. He made the decision to move back to his native land and minister to the Fulani, using medicine as an avenue through which the Gospel could reach the lost. Dr. Soh was having a huge impact on the people in Dahra, Senegal.

It seems odd to me that God would end the earthly life of such a strategically placed person who was having such a large impact on unbelievers. It is difficult to see God’s good plan through these events.

Yet, I also take this as a reminder that we are “sojourners and exiles” in this world (1 Peter 2:11), and that we “are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14). Our time on earth is short and now is the time to make a difference in people’s lives.

Dr. Soh once said, he did not want to be “saved, satisfied and seated,” but rather wanted to spend his life doing the Lord’s work. Pray that, like Dr. Soh, we remember our first love, Jesus Christ, and feel an urgency to tell others about Him. Pray that we, too, may spend our lives devoted to loving others and doing the work of boldly speaking words of truth, love and encouragement, knowing “the appointed time has grown very short” (1 Cor. 7:29) as we reach out in love to a hurting world.

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