When local missionaries in Laos shared the Gospel with a woman running a small business a little over a year ago, they had no idea she would have such spiritual impact – enough to draw the ire of a local communist official.
The way Pei Manivong* draws people to Christ is the way the word of salvation often spread in the first century: redeemed merchants and traders planting Gospel seeds as they went about their everyday business.
Buying and selling items on her route through various villages and a city, Manivong is able to make contact with many people, the leader of a local ministry said.
“Pei is Khmu, but she also is able to speak Hmong because she is a local goods salesperson, traveling around selling goods in many villages where different people groups live,” he said. “But when they want to accept Jesus, she asks them to come to her village and she then leads them to Jesus or lets them go to church in the city. There they are led to Jesus Christ and are trained about basic Christian living.”
With the local ministry giving her a motorcycle and Gospel-loaded MP4 recordings and SD cards, as well as smart phone so she can be spiritually fed by the leader’s messages on Facebook live, Manivong started three house churches last year, he said.
“As a new believer, Pei has been on fire for the Lord, leading 24 families, more than 100 people, to Christ in the past year alone,” he said.
Manivong said she does not begin by telling the tribal animists the Gospel but by finding out their physical and spiritual needs. Often sick people tell her they sacrificed a cow or buffalo to the spirits for healing, but nothing happened, she said.
“They are then worse off than before, because they don’t have money to go to the hospital, which is usually far away and too expensive,” Manivong said. “When they hear from Christians that God can heal anything, they approach me and I pray for them and, over time, they are healed.”
Prayer and Freedom
Animistic belief in malevolent spirits that need to be appeased continually clouds the hearts of tribal people, the ministry leader said.
“The Khmu people are deeply animistic and fear spirits every day of their lives, but one common occurrence that brings many people to Christ is the healing of the sick,” he said. “She is telling them that Jesus has power to save people from sin, and that He also has power to cast out an evil spirit and to heal.”
When people hear this Good News, they are interested and listen to her, he said.
“More than that, they ask her to pray for them, and they get healed,” the leader said. “Also, they are freed from the evil spirit and sleep well at night.”
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SOURCE: Christian Aid Mission