Soil matters in harvesting
April 20, 2018 at 6:00 AM
Dr. Bourama Sidibe (left) administers a baptism in Mali. Lives are turning to Christ in the region with a vast Muslim majority. (Photo submitted)
Soil matters in harvesting
A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on; and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown. Luke 8:5-8.
In our context, the farmers plow their fields and remove all kind of thorns before sowing their precious seed, because the quality of soil matters in harvesting.
As a farmer, since we started the work in Banankoro, Mali, we have been sowing the seed of the Gospel on many people’s heart, but without seeing any conversion.
It seems the seed was always falling on rocky ground or along the path or among thorns instead of good soil.
In August 2016, we recruited a young man named Seydou Mariko from the village as the caretaker of the clinic. He was lost in syncretism, which combines practices of Animism and Islam. We started sowing the seed of the Gospel in his life through our demonstrations and the sharing of God’s Word.
Whenever I had opportunities, I shared the Gospel with him and prayed for him.
He used to go to marabouts (Muslim teachers) and fetishists to seek solutions to all his problems when he was challenged by circumstances. He had amulets — ornaments said to have magical powers — everywhere on his body.
I shared the Gospel with him many times but every time he seemed not ready to give his life to Jesus as his only Savior and Lord.
Recently, he commenced showing interest to what I shared with him. This month, he surrendered his life to Christ as the only Lord over his life and the Savior of his soul.
He got rid of all his ancient practices and lifestyles and turned to Christ as the only way of salvation and perfection.
There is another young man named Yaya who worked with the team that made bricks for the construction of the new clinic.
Yaya, too, received the seed of the Gospel several times, but he was not interested because he was afraid of what others would say about him — especially his parents.
Miraculously, he also has surrendered his life to Christ as his only Savior and Lord, despite opposition from his parents who are Muslims.
They are willing to go through the water baptism before the end of this month with other new converts.
Their hearts have been good soils which let the seed of the Word of God grow in them and yield a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.
To God be all the glory, who is using Mission Saint Luc as an instrument to bring people into his kingdom.