Life Turned Upside Down

January 13, 2016 by Brett Tarbell in Africa

Like all Central Africans, Daud’s life has been turned upside down by the crisis in his country. But because he is an MBB, the crisis has been extra complicated for him. He is the enemy of both Seleka and anti-Balaka forces, leaving him in the middle of his country’s conflict. When Daud decided to follow Christ, his Muslim family was furious and sought to kill him, but the Church took him in and not only provided physical care, but spiritual care as well. Today he is part of the ministry team at his church. He continues to find refuge with a Christian family that took him in.

While some Muslims hate him for his Christian faith, anti-Balaka members hate him for his ties to the local Muslim community. They have killed most of his family members. The few that have survived have been forced to flee the area. Had it not been for the protection of his church, Daud could not have survived. “Some of my family members call me and are surprised when they hear that I am still alive,” he shares.

It has not been easy for Daud to cope with this situation, but he says the Lord has helped him through many difficulties. He agrees that it will take a long time to change the situation in Bambari. It will only be possible through the power of the gospel at work.

“I am praying for God to reveal Himself to my family and all those who continue to fight. I always tell them, ‘My God is not a criminal, but He loves criminals and wants to save them.’ Many of the local Fulani (Muslims) are fed up with the situation. They want to join us in serving God. It is just a matter of time. We need to pray that peace will be restored so that they can be reached with the gospel. They do not know what they are doing.”

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