I met a 20-something named Edson recently. I’m discovering this is a common name here, plus one of the more pleasant ones when compared to names like Castigo (“punishment”) and Sozinho (“alone”). Edson’s past is also a common one to many Mozambicans.
Edson came to our second student leadership meeting of the semester, where the discussion leader posed the question, “Does anyone have any prayer requests or reasons to praise God this week?” Edson was quick to come up with a response, unlike many of our newcomers, who are rather shy at first. He said, “I have so many reasons to thank God. He took all of our sins and died on the Cross to save all of mankind.” We all thought he was going to stop there, since this is something a typical newcomer to the group would say. But he didn’t.
Edson continued, “I was living a life of darkness without even knowing it. My family was entrenched in witchcraft, but we thought we were worshipping God. We would go to the sea to pray, and I was so empty. We didn’t even realize we were worshipping Satan—that is, until one day when a pastor of a church nearby had a vision of us, and the Holy Spirit told him to come to our house to pray for us. He came, and I didn’t believe him at first. But the more he spoke, the more I realized that God was actually walking with this man and that He was calling me to a greater life. I had been struggling with homosexuality and wanting to kill myself, but God gave me a different life. Sometimes I still hear voices mocking me, trying to make me come back to the darkness. But I know this life is greater and God’s grace is more than sufficient. I can never go back.”
Needless to say, we were all crying with Edson at the end of his testimony and thanking God for revealing himself to this young man. Edson came to our meeting because he wants to know how to better reach people for Christ—people on his campus and at his work.
Edson’s past is a familiar one to Mozambicans, but we want his present story to have the same familiarity. Will you pray with us to see Mozambicans exposed more and more to the life-changing love of Christ?