I had a privilege to visit Assie Koumassi village. It is a well known village because there is a United Methodist member, ARMAND by name; who is a prophet. Many people are traveling from all over the country to visit Armand for prayer, deliverance and healing. In this village, there is a UMC church building and a prayer camp building where Armand is performing miracles.
Inside the prayer camp. Hearing more stories from Arman
As Methodist, I know the name of prophet sounds unfamiliar in our church context… but when God gives you an opportunity to learn from others we have to see and analyze with God’s wisdom before assisting the church to keep our faith and our Methodist heritage. We all know that a prophecy is the ability to relate biblical truth in a timely and relevant means that offers interpretation of historic or modern messages from God. (Acts 2:14-36; Roman 12:6; Ephesians 4:11-14). My concern is the way many people are looking for healing and deliverance through the prophet but they look like living under fear and don’t have assurance of salvation.
Something we can reflect on is what I have observed to see thousands of people running to the prayer camp but only hundreds of members are at the church of the village. Many are looking just for their deliverance or healing but not to be a church member. Those who came for deliverance, they don’t like to return where they came from if they are not healed. They prefer to stay around the prayer camp in any condition until they will see the hands of God. It is really bad to see the conditions within the camp where hundreds of families are living. Ignorance is a big disease and the church has the mission to teach people.
Many people have constructed small houses where they are living to wait for their deliverance and healing. The condition is not good at all.
The Bible says in John 8:31-36 31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
There is need of much training to fight ignorance in rural areas. Evangelism, church planting and discipleship are my main assignments which will help to set free those who are living with fear and without hope. My program is to train and provide effective leadership for the development of vital congregations filled with faithful disciples.
The United Methodist Church in Cote D’Ivoire is well established in the Southern region and the Northern region is under church planting program. Our slogan for evangelism is every town should have a United Methodist Church and in the South region where all big cities are reached, the slogan is every village must have a UMC congregation. The current statistic is estimating 60 % of population is Muslins; 30% represent Christians and 10% are Animists (African traditional religious). The Northern region is dominated by Islam and Animism. To do evangelism and church planting in this part of the country needs more efforts, strategies and prayers.
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