First, this note from Val: This outreach to Mati Dove is extraordinary because of the primitive beliefs still held by the village elders. Here is a brief description that I took from the Hadithi Africa web page:
“The village of Mafi Dove, in southern Ghana, is home to around 5,000 people, almost none of whom were born here. Because of an archaic belief that childbirth in the village brings offense to the gods, expectant mothers are rushed to neighboring communities to deliver their babies there. It is also forbidden for anyone to raise an animal in the village. In recent years, more and more women have been challenging the taboos and demanding to be able to have their babies in the village without being shunned by the community, but the elders refuse to budge. They are convinced that honoring these longstanding traditions is paramount to ensuring the safety and prosperity of Mafi Dove and its people. However, they have made a concession, approving the building of a maternity clinic on the village outskirts, so that women can deliver babies closer to home.”
And now below is the report from Bro. John Harrison:
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Dear Brothers, Sisters, and the C.M.M. family, we bring greetings to you as we work together for Jesus Christ!
On October 3rd, 2023 the CMM Evangelism Team of Ghana traveled to Mati Dove in the Volta Region. It’s a 2 hours and 15 minutes drive from Accra. It’s quite an interesting place to do evangelism with a diversity of cultural and ancestral beliefs. For instance, no one is allowed to give birth or raise any animal at the Mafi Dove village. When a woman becomes pregnant she must travel to the next town or village to give birth. Also, you cannot raise an animal in the village.
We got there on Thursday around 10:40 a.m. and began the soul-winning activities. We spent 3 days there and shared many Gospel tracts. We went from house to house, street to street, to the village square, to marketplaces, preaching God’s Word by introducing a living Jesus to a dying world. Their response to the good news of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ was very good.
We met a Muslim man about 30 years of age who goes by the name of Isha. We shared the “Free Lunch” tract with him and he asked politely if he could have another different one. So Bro. Matthew gave him two more tracts, ” The Promise” and “God Is Not Mad At You”.
We spent almost two hours with Isha explaining the scriptures and messages on those tracts. In the end, Isha gave his life to Jesus Christ and gave praise to Him for the gift of salvation!
While in the village we shared 657 Gospel tracts and we believe there were about 177 souls who accepted Jesus Christ in Mati Dove.
PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD!
God has always been good to us by giving us the wisdom to handle all the people we meet and in every situation.
By the way, Isha volunteered to make a video testimony and it is attached.
God bless you and thank you for sponsoring our outreach to Mati Dove.
At His Service
Here is a link to the testimony of Isha: Isha’s Testimony