Aliyou Yari could not believe his eyes. His niece had been run over by a Land Rover loaded with people and grain. He knew without question that she had died—but here she stood again. The Christians had prayed for her, and she had been brought back to life.
Aliyou (pronounced ah-LEE-you) is from a village in Niger, West Africa. He was raised a devout Muslim but, like many in his village, he also honored demon spirits out of a fear they could attack and kill him. He knew the power of the spirit world. However, this ability to raise someone from the dead demonstrated a power greater than any he had witnessed by demon spirits.
It had to be a trick. As the son of the village chief, he felt responsible to find out how the Christians were deceiving the people of his village. He began attending the church services to find out more about the God they worshiped.
He learned that the deliverance of his niece was no trick. The Christians’ God was real, powerful and loving. Eventually, Aliyou accepted Jesus as his Savior, stopped gambling away the harvest of his family’s farm, and later felt a call to become a pastor.
Aliyou had no previous Bible training other than what he learned as he attended village church services and Sunday school. Nothing in his background prepared him for Bible school. However, after a year, he decided to attend a diploma-level Bible school to train and become a pastor.
After finishing three years of Bible school, he was placed in a village church in Niger as pastor and has done exceptionally well. Today, Aliyou is one of the leading Assemblies of God pastors in eastern Niger, and serves as regional treasurer.
Many Africans, like Aliyou, who are called to ministry, come from backgrounds where they had no preparation for Bible school. Aliyou succeeded, but others with no previous discipleship often struggle in their studies.
To help prepare potential leaders and strengthen Africa’s churches, Africa’s Hope has prepared a discipleship course called Living the Truth.
Will you help us make it available in Aliyou’s language, which is Hausa?
Living the Truth is a seven-year course that can be followed by families, small groups and Sunday schools. When Living the Truth is available in the Hausa language, we believe thousands of believers will study the course with their families, grow in their faith and be able to witness to others. They, like Aliyou, will no longer have to live in Islam’s darkness and in fear of demon spirits. Instead, they will be discipled in God’s Word and learn how to share the hope of His power and love.
Every $20 we give provides seven years of Living the Truth materials for one Hausa-speaking family in one of our churches. With your help, we can bless many Hausa believers and their families.
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Thank you for caring about our Hausa-speaking brothers and sisters in West Africa! We value and appreciate your heart for this ministry.
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