Our mission team in Northern Nigeria was able to gain access to hard-to-reach people groups by applying what Jesus taught in Luke 10:5-7 when he said, “But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.”
We adopted this strategy by saying, “As-salamu alaykum”, to every community we try to reach with the Gospel. This is the instruction of Christ to His disciples and it is now a greeting in Arabic that means “Peace be upon you”. The salam is a religious salutation among Muslims when greeting, though it is also used by Arabic speakers of other religions such as Arab Christians, as well as many non-Muslim Indians and Pakistanis who speak Hindi-Urdu. Experiences have shown us that God has strategically placed persons of peace in every community and our ability to identify such persons had helped us immensely to access hard-to-reach and unreached communities with ease. Persons of peace are the gateways for Gospel propagation, and if adequately identified, harnessed and appropriated, lead to bountiful soul harvests.
When we wanted to access a particular mission field, we earnestly prayed for God to give us a person of peace. On arrival, we shouted “As-salamu alaykum”, meaning “Peace be upon you”. One time, an elderly man rushed out of his hut and responded, “wa ‘alaykumu s-salam”, meaning “and also with you too”. We exchanged pleasantries and we introduced ourselves as missionaries who had come to the village to tell the people about Jesus. The man frowned as he heard us mention Jesus. After a few minutes of gazing at us, he said, “Since the existence of this village, no one has ever come to tell us about the God of the Christians. But since you have the boldness to come, I will allow you. I will not be a Christian but I will give you my four wives and fourteen children to join your religion.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Oscar Amaechina