I went to see Hoax the other day to tell him we are going to Menya. He is happy for us.
While I was at his house, I asked him how things have been going and specifically asked him about “church.” I won’t try to recount the whole conversation, but here are my conclusions:
- Hoax is still clear on what the gospel is
- I’m not sure how frequently Hoax attends his “church”
- I’m not sure attending his “church” would be a good thing anyway
- I don’t think Hoax is growing in his faith and relationship with God
The disappointing part of this is probably pretty obvious. I wish that I could tell you that Hoax is “on fire for God” and sharing the gospel with all of his neighbors and relatives. Unfortunately the reality is that he is in a really hard spot and does not have a lot of positive input coming his way. I’m not letting him of the hook, however, because if he really desired to grow or to be taught and he made the effort, I’m sure that he could find a way. Please pray for Hoax and his desire to know God and pray for me to have wisdom in challenging him.
As I was thinking about this I was sad for Hoax, but also excited for our future. I’m excited because our plans for Menya go way beyond just sharing the gospel and having to move on. Our plans are to preach the gospel, translate the Bible, train leaders and teachers and establish a self-sustaining church. I’m excited to get started on something really big. So I’m thankful for the opportunity I had with Hoax (and with the COC guys) along the way, but I am also really excited to be pursuing a bigger goal in Menya.