Warm greetings, Friends, Supporters and Prayer Partners, from David (Faouzi) Arzouni at our self-sufficiency agro-pastoral project! And, warm hellos too from Linda, still in Scotts Valley with my 96 year old father!
We apologize for not having written in a long time. Please know that it’s not because we’ve been reading novels and eating grapes, but it’s because we’ve both been “crazy busy,” as is the norm for most all of us hardworking, maybe even driven, “productive” Americans!
David has been sharing with me amazing and wonderful things that have been happening at the field, and I am glad he found the time to share a few of the more recent (and totally glorious) testimonies. Pictured below are some of the former Muslims who have come to Christ. We want to honor the Lord and your involvement in Missions by sharing a little bit about their journey from Islam to faith in Issa-Al-Massih (*Jesus the Messiah*). Five of them are married, one of them was trained to be an imam, one of them is a village elder, and another is a 14 year old who has been spared from becoming a *garibou* (children entrusted to a Muslim teacher for religious training, but live as enslaved beggars). Two women are not pictured. These are the nucleus of a new church plant among the Malinkes.
Please expect to soon receive a separate email about a young fundamentalist Muslim named Amadou. We trust that seeing his smiling face and reading his story will bless you and encourage you not only to never give up on the Muslim world, but to also cheerfully carry out God’s mission in your own backyard — even as you joyfully continue supporting your overseas missionaries!
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
How then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can they preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
David (Faouzi) & Linda Arzouni