We had been praying for the Muslim Chief of Sawla, a small town in Northern Ghana, for many years. The Lord connected us in 2004, when our mission team was staying in Sawla for a short while to plant more Life Christian Centre churches in that remote area. Although the chief and his family were Muslim, the Lord sovereignly moved on his heart to offer â€œthe Americansâ€ a sizable portion of land. We were amazed and grateful at the way the Lord opened this door for future ministry. After some negotiations, our entire team visited the chief at his house, and performed the evangelistic drama â€œThe Journeyâ€ for him and his entire family. Although he did not choose Christ that day, we prayed with him and for his failing health. Throughout the years, we have continued to keep in contact through the land negotiations, and have always asked the Lord to bless him and bring him to the full knowledge of the truth.
This November, while Pastor Samuel and Vera Quarcoopome were visiting us in Ohio, they brought us word that the chief was very sick. Pastors Bill and Mary Pat felt that it was very important to call and have some personal contact with him. With Pastor Samuelâ€™s help, they were able to call Ghana and speak to the chief with a Life Christian Centre member translating. Halfway through the conversation, the chief clearly asked for prayer for healing. Pastor Bill was able to pray for him over the phone for physical healing, and then Pastor Mary Pat felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to ask the chief whether he wanted to take Jesus as his Savior. The chief answered yes. He said that he was ready to accept that Jesus is God and Lord. Pastor Mary Pat then led him in the prayer of salvation over the phone, in which he renounced Islam. What a time of rejoicing followed while we thanked the Lord for His faithfulness!
Pastor Samuel returned to Ghana on Dec. 24th, and later called us with the word that the Chief of Sawla had died just a few days after Christmas. Although this was not good news, we are so grateful for the Lordâ€™s mercy and His goodness to bring this man to the point of salvation just in time to enter heaven. The Lord is indeed good, and we are excited to see what He has planned for this area in Northern Ghana!