Sharing the light of Jesus
Posted on: 10th November 2020
CMS missionaries Chris and Grace Adams have been serving in Timor-Leste since 2012. While the country is majority Roman Catholic, fear of spirits remains present, as this story shows.
P* is a young Timorese man we see regularly. A little while ago, he was absent for several days. When he returned, we noticed that half of his face looked paralysed. P said that it was due to a curse, as he hadn’t paid respect to the sacred house located in the mountains for a long time.
As we listened to his story and looked at his paralysed face, we were grieved by the spiritual darkness in which so many people in Timor-Leste live. We shared with him that we believe in God who forgives, loves and cares for us as we come to him through Jesus Christ. P was happy for us to pray for him. As we prayed for him his eyes filled with tears.
We asked him if he would be willing to read the Bible together and know Jesus better. He agreed and Chris and P have started reading the Gospel of Mark together.
Faith and belief in Timor-Leste
Statistically Timor-Leste is 97% Catholic, but syncretism is pervasive. Traditional folk animism is making a resurgence with nature and spirits idolised alongside ancestral worship.
The Protestant church is a minority and is under pressure to conform to the traditional culture. Churches in both Dili and rural areas have limited access to solid Bible teaching and are constantly facing social pressure to participate in animistic practices.
Please pray for P, that God may bring him into his light in Christ. Please pray that God’s Spirit would be at work in this relationship.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
* P’s name has been withheld for privacy reasons.
Pray for the people of Timor-Leste that they would find peace in God. Pray for faithful teaching in churches and for strength to withstand societal pressure.