A Man of Peace

by Dale Fisher

Three Sundays ago, while I was in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, I visited five churches. The last of these was most interesting because it's hosted by a "man of peace," as is found in Luke 10:5–7. This gentleman, whom they call Papa E, is a Roman Catholic; yet he opens his home every Sunday for a Protestant worship service. He does this happily. Currently there are about 25 members of that congregation.

As it turns out, he's experiencing persecution from both the local chief as well as from the Catholic Church. In spite of this, he defends and protects the Protestant church in his home. He's even donated land in the front of his property for the construction of a church building. In this photo, you can see the early framing phase of the new church building.

The early framing phase of what will become a new church building, right in front of Papa E's home.

I thank God for this man of peace who is so hospitable and generous to this new church. Please join me in praying that Papa E will be touched by the gospel that's being preached in his home, and that he invites Christ into his life.

Scriptural reflection

"When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house."

— Luke 10:5–7

† Dale: "From Carrying Masks to Carrying a Bible"

† Dale: "A Man of Peace"

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