Our missionaries we pray for today serve in Africa. In fact, they are in central Africa — in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Jay and Kathy Shafto serve in the Congo Basin, which is a third of the country. About 400 language groups live here.
Jay and Kathy train leaders in local churches, so those leaders in turn can go share the gospel with other groups.
These men have endured war, jungles, and all sorts of dangers with little worry. But the thought of sharing the gospel with someone makes them as nervous as it does us.
Jay teaches the pastors how to use stories about David in the Old Testament. The men have seen conflicts like David did, so the stories work well for them. One man named Victor formerly served as a guide for the national president. When he heard the story of David and Bathsheba, he told Jay he had been places where the same sort of thing happened.
Our church supports Jay and Kathy way over in Africa because part of the money we give through the Cooperative Program finds its way to them. Let’s pray for their safety as they enable lost people to hear the gospel.