The Bricks of Nehemiah’s Wall

PICK UP THE STONES!

 When Nehemiah set out to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem he did not mould new bricks, he did not go to the mountain to hewn new stones, instead he sought through the rubble and brought out almost every piece of stone to use. When the wall fell as one would expect, with great vandal from the conquerors of Jerusalem. Perhaps using big hammers or other instruments that rendered the well laid bricks to dismantle severely into bits and pieces that could hardly be appreciated much more considered for rebuilding a wall that was to protect the great city. Yet it was from those dust laden pieces, those burned rubble (Nehemiah 4) that Nehemiah and his fellows architected a very imposing wall which from its inception had evoked the jealousy of the enemies of Israel.

Nehemiah clay figures

In like manner should we understand that God is not calling champions, experts, nor is he calling ‘’great men of God’’, but willing hearts. Thus small and insignificant as the bricks that lay down, we have to rise to the task with greatest confidence and faith. We will bring ourselves feeble as we are, inconsiderable men of no fame to the mighty God whose victory is regardless of many or few.

Peter says we are stones-living stones. We exist for a reason and purpose; built one upon another, intended to rise into a spiritual house of the Gambia to the honour and glory of our God.

Check through the lines of history and see that when God called people, he never called them when they were great; he called them in their inadequacy and over time and experience made them into the men he had desired. So where is the place of small and great? Where then are the Levites of today who are zealous for the Lord in the Gambia?

To pick up the stones then means making our selves available to the task of evangelizing the Gambia. This may not necessarily mean everyone becoming a pastor or evangelist especially as we understand the positions these words denote in today Christianity. But an awakening to the fact that the Gambia needs God to build her sanctuary by raising her own children, spark up a true revival in the nation, raising awareness from Gambian culture to propel the gospel in the land. Yet in reality this change may not necessarily take place in a short while, but may be realized after decades. However we must begin somewhere and now. What do we do now then? Let’s think along the same line and pray the same request. It is to make prayer the cement of your life by which your whole being knits into a harmony that demonstrates the glory and wonders of God. Employing Paul’s concept of a living sacrifice, let us bring coherence to our life by prayer, knowing that all domains of our lives are intended to light up the glory of God to the view of a dark and confused world bound to pain and misery. Whether in the office or at home, in the market or at the field, it is prayer that will awake us to the fact that we are there for God. And our God seeks to show himself through us. Let us then fan the fire of prayer in our lives. It will consume all the debris and stop the flickers of sin and complacence. And as we kindle the fire of prayer in our individual lives we will soon be able to light up torches for the church of the Gambia in its conquest, like those of Gideon and the three hundred. And as we continue to pray, the results of praises we will come out with will send the enemy helter-scelter in disarray and self destruction.

Now in our praying let us raise our eyebrow beyond the margins of self and need and begin to hem our evangelical interest with the burden of raising the walls of the church. We should pray God both individually and collectively to raise a greater witness to his son in the Gambia. As we pray let us think about this point: where is the Gambia’s pattern of the gospel? The gospel always has the power of suiting every culture thereby transforming it. The Gambia has her culture, and such ways to penetrating the people should come from within. Therefore unless the gospel roots in our culture to sprout from that background, our people will always see it as something foreign and close their hearts to it. One thing we should know is that the gospel is not replacing at all in its attitude but rather transforming. Reading Martha T Fredericks- ‘’We have toiled all night’’ pg 127, Islam could spread comfortably over the sub region because it was able to find itself a place and mingle with the culture of the people. It gradually became their identity, and hitherto its spread, while the gospel was so closely tied to the identity and culture of the missionaries who brought it. So it could be rightly stated that one fundamental reason for it to have born little fruit is because of this matters of culture and identity. This being the case we should center our prayers on God sparking up the Gambia’s own pattern of the gospel. This is what we call revival- people getting to know God in their own context and living according to his divine law in their context.

The revival we pray for and talk about all the time will only spark and be sustained when God begin to move in an indigenous way. It will be recognized when it comes, but that will not be until we begin to see sparks and blazes rising from the Mandinka, Jola, Serahuli, Fula Manjago Serer Balanta Wolof camps and of all other people of the Gambia. Think about how God can effectively transform all these tribes with the enriching glory of the gospel.

If we consider ourselves then as the rubble of the wall of Jerusalem which was left to bear shame testimony to Israel before her neighbours and enemies, we realize that we have no chance of making a wall just by ourselves.

At this juncture, we should ask what the wall of the Gambia could be, WHAT IS THE WALL OF THE GAMBIA? To answer this question we first have to go back to the wall of Jerusalem and ask some questions like: why was it there? What other function did it serve? And so on.

In trying to answer these questions, we realize that the wall of Jerusalem was there:

  • To protect the city God had found them
  • To serve as an image of their civilization
  • To serve as control to the movement of people in and out of the city

All these points in one way or the other preserved and fostered Jewish culture. Yet we accept that Judaism was a closed society and culture which we are not meant to be because Jesus Christ calls us into one church that is indiscriminate of tribe and culture. However, the wall meant something great to them. And so we analyze that the wall gave them a taste of who they were, the God they worshipped and the culture they promote.

How then can we see the wall of the Gambia? Especially in a state predominantly muslim.

The answer is, we see our God and the culture we promote. Unlike a physical wall we are then building a social-spiritual wall to represent our identity to the glory of God and to the benefit of our people, bringing our praises to him in our own languages using the very instruments known by our tradition. Lord grant that we will find our building possible and successful as the wall of Jerusalem Nehemiah rebuilt. May everyone take part and, your spirit be there to lead us in and through all the challenges as were posed by Sanballat and co.

We will never understand God as fully present and so close to us unless we begin to notice him even in the most quiet and unseen aspects of our culture. I was born and bred a Manjago Gambian, so I can best understand and be in touch with God as a Manjago Gambian as long as I hold to that as my identity. Therefore we should understand that the church did not come to take us away from home rather the church has come home to us. The church of Jesus has come to be part of us so that we can be part of it.

Why do I say this? It is true with me and with most other believers in the Gambia that the moment you believe and want to follow Jesus as an evangelical or Pentecostal Christian, your people see you as leaving the tent-going out from them to something foreign. This ought not to be so. It is very painful to come from a family whose perception of God is not correct, and having known the truth now which you would your people as well to know, yet you find that the implications of faith has taken you far from your people.

This is definitely so because our people don’t see anything Gambian or belonging to their tribe in what we are doing. Yet the gospel is not like this. In short all that I am saying is that the gospel is not given the right contextual package in the Gambia. Whoever is involved in the propagation of the gospel in the Gambia, we should endeavor to begin to reconcile it to Gambian culture.

In fact when we go to Christ’s words in the great commission what we would realize at a critical consideration is that people do not bring the gospel rather it is the gospel that brings people. Jesus said ‘go ye therefore…’ all he intended is that they go all over the world telling people the good news and teaching them to be disciples. Paul had to confront the Jews severely when they began to take along their tradition/culture with the gospel. So this has been an issue of concern since long ago. And I think we in the Gambia should wake up to this fact and find the way to be more effective contextually speaking.

Truly when men see themselves as bringing the gospel they don’t notice that inevitably they are just relaying it in their culture- they bring us their home. But when a man sees that it is the gospel that brings you and not you bringing the gospel, then that man will first observe what he has come to, and see the ways by which to put the gospel, so that it is well relayed without tasting so foreign to the people. Think for instance incorporating our musical instruments more increasingly in our praise sessions at church. We have to start somewhere.

Until now this is one thing that missions have not been able to accomplish in the Gambia. Reading Martha T. Frederiks ‘we have toiled all night’, Anne Marie Javouhey stands out to me for her wonderful missions mindset and foresight which was to raise indigenes so that Senegal in particular would not have to depend on outside for her clergy. Second to that the Methodist church from early on had begun a wonderful approach of preaching and teaching in Wolof through their translators, and even translated gospel documents into Wolof. These approaches were nevertheless in the right direction and their patterns should not be ignored by any mission house. Instead of churches and church leaders increasing let Christ increase.

Who then should pick up the stones? We realize that this work is to be done by both foreign missionaries and indigenes. Gambians on their part should embrace the propagation of the gospel and be greatly involved. Foreign missionaries on their part should consider changing their approach to a more effective pattern of contextualization.

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POEM

BE PATIENT

Be patient
Be patient
Life is a race
But everyone at his pace
The lanes are for all
But the processes are different for all
 
You might have tried and failed
But be patient
You might see others succeed
Be patient
Your goals are not the same
Neither are your callings
 
Be patient about life
Be patient with employees
Be patient with customers
Be patient at work
Be patient with patients
Be patient with all
 

By Mary Caroline Gomez

INTERVIEW WITH REVEREND BANNY MANGA

After we had concluded the interview Reverend Banny revealed to us that we were actually sitting in the room where formal education started in the Gambia, in 1821. How awesome! This building have stood so many years of witness to Jesus Christ, and as well to the memory of its builders who perhaps never had the idea that it will still be standing strong over two centuries, and that today we could shelter in it and discuss pertinent issues to our common faith and age.

But wait a minute. Do you know that the testimony of people who are devoted to God live this long? It outlives them to generations unknown, and there as a precious inspiring obelisk. So a youth prepared for service is not just a vessel, but like such solid building erected for the use of God and his people.

Banny Manga is firstly a Christian, a Gambian and a youth. He has been serving as a reverend minister in the Methodist Church for over ten years now. The Voice caught up with him in what was a revealing and educative moment as he tells us below.

The voice: considering you as a youth in the ministry my mind goes back on Timothy (in 1st Timothy 4:12) where Paul exhorts him to let no one look down on him because he is young. Rather he should be an example in life, in faith, in love and purity. How do you consider that exhortation in view of your ministry?

Reverend Banny: Actually this was my confirmation text when I was confirmed in 1994, so it is so dear to my heart. Looking at it in context, St Paul was telling Timothy that just because you are a young person doesn’t mean you should not bear witness.

As far as I seek to do, I want to serve God with all my heart, soul, and strength, and I will try as much as possible to fulfill that. Now as a young person obviously there are so many things that people presume when they look at us. I remember when I was coming to the ministry years ago somebody said about me speaks in Wolof ‘’ndeysan, he is not going to marry. He is going to be someone to pity’’ Yet I have been in this ministry for ten years and I think I am very happy. I don’t really look like someone miserable or dejected and depressed. One thing we need to realize is that before you became a minister-a priest a pastor, you were a child of God. And God chose you out to participate in taking care of other children of God. Yes you have a special calling on you, but you are a child of God first and foremost. The bottom line is you, I and he is Christian. Now in our being Christian, then God says ok Banny I want you to do this, Michael I want you to do this, but all of us as young people are supposed to be examples in our conduct, in purity, in love and in our speech. And I want to strongly say that the young people in this nation, when they look around them, they want somebody to be an example. They would tell you that we cannot live a holy life! But somebody needs to show them that we can live a holy life. And how are you going to do it? Let them see the footsteps you bear. So it is possible to do it and God has given us the grace, the strength, I don’t see anything stopping us. That is where I stand.

The voice: Taking into consideration that there could rise moments of misunderstanding in any given relationship, as a young minister how have you been relating with your superiors?

Reverend Banny: The first point is, we need to understand why we are in the ministry. The problem we have is that a lot of people don’t want to look at why they are in the ministry, but they look at ‘’what can I be in the ministry?’’ I have come to be a minister- a servant of God, and that is my primary goal….. If I have added responsibility on it, praise God, if I don’t, praise God! the bottom line is I have come to be a servant of God. Obviously they have been there before me and I recognize their gifts and graces, and I believe they also recognize my gifts and graces. It is not a competition but, is about complementing each other for the glory of God. In the ministry, you are not there to make a name for yourself but you are there to make the name of Jesus magnified. If that is your motive, I don’t think you’re going to have any problem. But once we begin to look at ourselves then there will be problem because we will begin to say, oh I want to be better than this. And as a result, you will do things that are to your advantage. That is not what the ministry is about; rather it is about lifting the name of Jesus. If it means that I have to be on the ground and the name of Jesus is lifted up I will be. John said in the gospel ’’I have to decrease and Jesus has to increase’’ and that is what the ministry is about. I am only a vessel, I don’t want people to look at reverend Banny, I rather want them to look at Jesus Christ, because he is the author and finisher of our faith. I cannot give salvation; it is Jesus Christ who can give salvation. That is what is important for me.

 

The voice: Would you like to tell us what your challenges have been since you were ordained a minister?

Reverend Banny: well I think as you grow up you mature in faith. Like St Paul says when I was a child I thought like a child but now I am growing up I put away childish tendencies. There have been times, for instance, when you bring things you think is for the betterment of everybody and it is turned down. And obviously you feel like saying ‘’oh what is happening?’’ there have been times that you have been preaching, you have been praying with people and you feel in all you are saying you are swimming against the tide. But the good news in all of that is that I have not stuck in the challenge, God have given us strength to go beyond the challenge. You see, in life you are surely going to have challenges. The trouble is not the challenge; it is allowing the challenge to weigh you down. And I am not here trying to impress myself, but in essence I am saying that whatever challenge that comes my way, I take it to God in prayer, and he has always helped me out of those situations, that at least today I stand to be where I am. A typical example is when I just started, sometimes when you stand and you speak under God and say this is what the lord says; this is what he wants us to do. Some people will say to you speaks in Aku ‘’na pikin I no know wetin dey talk.’’- That I am a child i don’t know what I am saying. But this is not my word this is the Lord’s word, and the Lord proves his word. So the same people who were saying he is a child he doesn’t know what he is saying, will be the very ones who will say ‘’ah but reverend Banny been sayam’’- Reverend Banny has said it. so, for me there are going to be challenges in so many forms, but like Saint Paul says, is about keeping focus on the cross, and on the call, and on what God put you there for. And once you focus on Jesus the challenges you face become sustainable. 

The voice: What is your impression of youths in your circuit and what are you doing to make them become the right person you wants them to be?

Reverend Banny: well I think it should rather be the other way round-what the lord wants them to be. And once I am able to focus on that, I try and motivate them towards thinking in light of what God wants them to be. If I make them to be what I want them to be, I am only human, and as much as I am a minister I am limited. But if I make them think as the Lord wants them to think, then they will be in the centre field of God. You see I can tell you be a teacher, but what if the lord wants you to be a doctor? Then I am misleading you. So I don’t try to make the young people in my circuit think “me”, I try and help them think where God wants them to be. The second thing is I desire that the young people in my church will grow in the knowledge of the word of God; I want them to be rooted in Jesus. Because like scripture says there will come a time that there will be so much wind of doctrine. And if they are not strong our children will be wayward. Take for example a young lady who is lured to convert and be a Muslim in order to be married. And they tell them that is the same God, if it’s the same God, then why not the other way round? So I want my young people both male and female to be rooted in Jesus, for once they are, nobody will deceive them. And I don’t want to give up on anybody, because God has not given up on them. What I will rather do is encourage them to be rooted in God, help them appreciate the faith and know who Jesus is.

The voice: In view of the resurrection Paul urged the Corinthian brethren (in 1st Corinthians 15:58) to give themselves fully to the work of the Lord. Does this call for a total devotion appeal to you?

Reverend Banny: well I think whatever is worth doing is worth doing well, this is the bottom line. I don’t believe working for somebody and you are giving haphazardly yourself, that person would know. I cannot play ding dong game with God, because I owe my very life to him. So for me the same commitment I give to myself, I give even more to God. But in the context of your question, (1st Corinthians 15:58) we need to understand it in the sense that at that point in time St Paul was thinking that the resurrection has come, there is going to be Christ’s coming immediately. So he was radical to say, render all to the Lord. And I hold on to what we are told in Genesis that we are stewards of creation. Therefore, whatever work you are doing you are there serving God. In being a teacher you are serving God, because you are taking care of God’s creation, and you are serving people nurturing them to be better individuals. In being a minister you are a steward, in being a gardener you are a steward. Being a taxi driver, you are a steward because you are providing services that people need. So I believe when we are doing anything, even if it is eating, eat well, am not saying eat plenty, but eat well. If it is studying study well, playing play well, because once you do that you are contributing towards the harmony of what God has created.

The voice: Because the voice is a non-denominational magazine, we would want to dig into your impression of Ecumenism and how its implications pertain to your ministry.

Reverend Banny: well let’s put it this way. I think the subject matter needs to be understood properly. I have been in many programmes where when we discuss the whole subject matter of ecumenism it is very clear people don’t understand it. And I think if your magazine wants to look at that topic we have to look at its call on mission. We have to understand it better, rather than reframe it or digging it wrongly or not. In seeking to understand it I have to appreciate my people and the work that God has called me to do. That’s why I say I think that is more than this paper can take now. That involves a lot more, that you need to look at and work with that first. Further if you are looking at their belief and those are some of the differences, and all of that you aren’t able to contain at this point? You are only writing few lines and this is a whole semester base. But also I think in this nation we have quite a lot of young people who are going to various denominations and ministries and I think that sometimes as leaders of the church we are part of the problem, we are part of the problem because instead of teaching people about unity in Christ we are teaching them about how to focus internally. And then some of us our leaders will tell them leave this church because this church is not good and come to my church. That is not the spirit of God, because the spirit of God is never against itself. So any pastor, who tells you leave this church and come to this church, probably is not operating under the spirit of God because that church you are saying is not good, God put it there. Where was this church that they are saying is good? Do you know how many people have given their lives to Christ through that ministry that you are saying is not good? So why are you looking down on it? You don’t even understand what they are doing you just sit down and look at some internet page and say oh this is wrong that is wrong. 

The voice: We admit you have given wonderful response to our questions, yet as a way to wrap it up here what else would like to tell us as conclusion to this interview?

Reverend Banny: I think I will use the words of Jesus in Matthew 22:37-39 “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” And “love your neighbor as yourself” those are the words of Jesus, and I think that is what the world need at this point in time. I can go on expounding, but instead of loving things you love God. You are not called to compete with any other person but yourself. You don’t say because this is how this person is, so I am going to be like him. You are a unique person in God’s creation; you can be the best that God wants you to be. Not what others say, not what others are doing, but what God is doing in your life! Once you focus on what God is doing in your life you are on top of the world. God never does things haphazardly, he does things and they are beautifully in our eyes. So love God! Serve him with all your heart and mind and love your neighbour as yourself. Don’t have any ill feeling against anybody, be nice to everybody be honest to everybody, you might not get there all of a sudden, but when you fall down, get up and wash yourself and walk on. Those will be my last words

 

To God be the Glory

By John Jatta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clues on Leadership, Character and Ways: Examples from the Prophet Moses

From Numbers 11, 12 and 14

 

BACKGROUND

Moses was given the task of leading Israel from slavery in Egypt to freedom and worship of God in Canaan the promised land. It could rightly be said that Israel at this time had not known God except for the plagues performed in Egypt (his mighty hand in deliverance Exodus 3:13-15). However they knew very well that they were Abraham’s descendants Genesis 17:7 which made it not strange to hear of God coming to deliver them from Pharaoh’s tyranny, and lead them to the Promised Land.

moses-leading-israelites

But Israel was in their most crude state, so full of themselves, their wishes and wants, and so much detached from God’s will and ways. A people who did not hesitate to attack their leader when their needs were not met and they were a million over in the desert. Imagine having to lead over a million disgruntled people. In fact Israel made it clear that since they were not responsible for their coming out of Egypt, they couldn’t be responsible for any hardship, but Moses. Nor would they accept any inconvenience. They had not embraced God yet and taken him as their God.

This was the type of people Moses was leading, over a million people over forty year period; through wars and battles; I wonder if a leader could be found who has a people more difficult to lead than Moses’ Israel. This was the inception of the people of YAHWEH as a nation. And God wanted them to be different from all other nations. Exodus 19:5 and 33:16

APPROACH TO THE TASK OF LEADERSHIP

  1. MOSES CARRIED THE PEOPLE ON HIS HEART

Moses’ conversation with God in verse 12 of numbers 11 broke a secret of leadership God had told him. ‘’Carry the people on your heart!’’ Moses was to just do that, carry Israel on his heart. In order to go far with the people you are leading you have to carry them on your heart. Then you will be able to be concerned with their success and prosperity. You will be able to be happy for them; sad for them; and you can find solutions to their problems; they become yours and you theirs. A leader who does not belong to his people has failed just as a leader to whom his people do not belong. But all these could be possible when you carry your people on your heart.

We can see from the life of Moses that the people you carry on your heart do not easily weary and disheartened you. You don’t quickly get fed up with them. You can bear them with all their difficulties. Having them on your heart brings you to love them; to care for them; to be concerned with their affairs; able to meet their needs and patient with them just like a father to a child. This is what we see in Moses.

Pray that God will enlarge your heart to accommodate the people you are leading.

  1. MOSES DID NOT SEEK TO DO EVERYTHING BY HIMSELF

This is not just delegating authority. It is asking God to raise men like you to carry the burden together. Every leader needs this. In verse 14 of chapter 11 Moses declares that he need helpers to bear the burden. He was not giving up on his task of leading the people, he was rather responding to reality of his task as he cried out to God. Moses emphasized that God’s favour is rather to let him die than to carry these people alone. Until in verse 26 of chapter 11 Moses was the only one who prophesied in Israel, Numbers 11:26-29. So it was strange for Joshua, or rather improper to have another person prophesy in Israel besides Moses. Yet Moses acknowledged that this was his desire to have God filled leaders helping him.

  1. MOSES DID NOT DEFEND HIMSELF-

He did not protect his image nor raise his ego. When Aaron and Miriam were not happy with Moses’ decision of taking an Ethiopian wife they complained and intruded into the affairs of his prophet hood, that he was not the only one to whom God spoke, levelling themselves up with Moses. Did Moses answer them? No! He was not hasty to fight back; was not full of himself; he did not have his eyes on his image, nor did he feel hurt. If he was preoccupied with himself or his image, he would have quickly reacted to Aaron and Miriam. But before he could muster a word God intervened on his behalf. You see God is watching his man and his work, why then are you afraid? If you are doing God’s work, leading his own people, then allow him to defend you. Don’t rush to your own defence.

  1. MOSES DID NOT BASE LEADERSHIP ON POSITION

Moses did not base leadership on position but rather on God’s purpose and plan for Israel. In Numbers 14:1-5 when the congregation of Israel complained against Moses and threatened to choose another leader instead of him, he did not get mad nor felt betrayed. The leader God chose or the leader the people chose in their rebellion, who would you want to be? Instead of fighting for his threatened position, Moses fell down before the people and pleaded with them to not do what God dislike-to not go back to Egypt. Moses was bothered with taking the people to the Promised Land, thereby achieving God’s plan. So if it demanded pleading, he would not reserve himself for it. All he wanted was to get them to the Promised Land as God wanted. He knew his people were not making the right move. Is just like pleading with someone not to go into sin. Moses did not enforce himself on the people saying I am your leader I must be obeyed. Task oriented not position minded. What i am saying is he was more concerned that the people not move against God’s will than his threatened position.

  1. MOSES DID NOT SEEK HIS OWN

In Numbers 14:11-16 God was offering Moses the privilege to raise a people for him, instead of the present Israel-Abraham’s Israel. He was so bent on accomplishing his task that he could advise (suggest) even God the task giver to not fail himself by wiping out the people. See what he said “then the Egyptians will hear about it…………if you put this people to death all at one time, the nations who have heard this report about you will say, the Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them an oath; so he slaughtered them in the desert.” Imagine what that would have been like today, had Moses agreed, he would have been sort of another Noah in Abraham’s progeny. Something totally different would have been known today. Perhaps knowledge of the twelve tribes would have not mattered to us today. But Moses was not out to seek his own, he recognized Israel as God’s own people and himself a mediator, so what need has he order than to lead them. This was his position. And that was why he could quickly and easily see God’s proposal from another angle. Who could blame Moses if he had accepted God’s proposal, but because he sought not his own, he could turn the issue around and intercede for Israel. He was living in his task.

  1. MOSES INTERCEDED FOR HIS PEOPLE.

Moses knew that Israel had done wrong (Numbers 14:13-20), he was at the centre of the mess at the time it happened. In fact the attack was directly on him. He faced the people’s insults. Yet at the same time God came to punish the people he said no. He in that hot moment turned around and pleaded with God to pardon the people. Get close to God and soon you will begin to think and act like him God-likeness. No wonder Jesus said “take my yoke and learn of me” enter into a walk with him, and God will teach you to be like him. God did not tell Moses to say what he said it just flowed forth naturally from his heart.

Even though the people deserved hatred and punishment, Moses would not let them have that. He was not angry with the people beyond his love for them. (Interestingly God begins to call them as Moses’ people, Exodus 33:1). Look at how quickly God changed his mind (Numbers 14:20) it was because of Moses’ relentlessness to achieve God’s purpose on Israel, to lead them to the promise land. This is why he was able to intercede for them. Otherwise he would have been annoyed and leave them to God’s destruction. Instead of resulting to anger, Moses interceded and made God relent of destroying Israel.

 

What is The Voice Christian Magazine?

The Voice Christian Magazine was recently inspired by the Lord to be there promoting unity in the church when we begin to be aware of each another and share our views on our common faith, we thereby strengthen our presence in a way to make it more witnessing. Since we are one body (Ephesians 4:1-6), one spread community aiming at glorifying Christ by making him known, it is wise then to know ourselves and join hands in the task. That warm hand is what the Voice is extending and therefore seeks to present a faithful representation of the Christian faith in the Gambia, by producing thoughtful and encouraging discussions.

Inspired from the book of Nehemiah-the unity of various families in rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, we feel a strong desire to help Christians in the Gambia cooperate for the glory of God, and are hoping that through writing we can bring to the knowledge of everyone what is pertinent to our faith and brotherly existence.

This magazine is going to deal with various issues that affect our lives and generation, in the Gambia and all over the world. Our publication will involve a range of subjects like good citizenship, vibrant faith, prayer, salvation, love, finance, marriage, tradition, current world issues and all that is necessary to equipping the Christian making us ready for every good work.

We are not denomination oriented; rather we are preoccupied with upholding the reality that Christianity is no longer a faith of foreigners-colonial masters, but of Gambians too, because that’s what is supposed to be. We therefore intend to see Christians in the Gambia more identified as locals by their attitude and way of life in order to be better witnesses for Jesus Christ in their communities. Consequently we don’t reject our culture as Gambians, for we are convinced that even as God is not totally present in it, he is not totally absent as well. In the same way we will not throw away our various tribal traditions, rather we seek to put aside the practices that are Satanic and lift up what could be used to the service of our God so that our people can see that God is not far from them.

In all this we seek the glory of Christ praying that he will be revealed to all peoples of the Gambia for the advancement of the Kingdom of God before his appearing. To him be glory now and forever. Amen.