Masks and the Gospel
By brother Louis
Pastor Paul and his wife have been visiting various churches to distribute mask
among the believers in Bangladesh’s Northwest. Near one town the missionaries
noticed a few tribal people without masks on the street. They stopped and asked
them, "Why are you on the street without a mask?" They replied, "We have no work
because of the coronavirus and we cannot even buy food. Why then would we buy a mask?"
Pastor Paul and his wife then gave them masks and shared with them that they were
distributing masks because of the love of Jesus Christ. In the meantime a few
local Muslim priests came there and asked, "What is happening here?" When they
heard that the missionaries were Christian they said to the tribal people, "are
they trying to make you Christian?" The people replied "no, but they are helping us
and giving good teaching." The tribal people also said to the Muslims, "why are you
angry with them? Christian people are good. Look, they gave us masks but you are
living beside us and you have not given us anything but these Christians gave us
masks when they saw that we had none. Please leave us alone. We want to hear what
the Christians have to say."
When the Muslims had departed, the tribal people asked Pastor Paul, "Christian
people always help us and poor people, why?" Pastor Paul said, "Look, the God we
worship, He is Love Himself and He commanded us to love one another. Our God
loved us so much He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins, and not only
for us but all the people in this world - even you and me, rich and poor, and for
all the nations in this world."
The tribal people then requested that Pastor Paul please come back one day and
tell them more about that God. "We want to hear more about Him."
Believers are witnessing a tremendous openness among the unreached during this
pandemic. Pray that relief efforts continue to bear much fruit.
posted September 21, 2020