They did it again! Mark and Nancy Pitts served up a second portion of inspiring profiles of African Nazarene leaders. An hour later when I finished the book, not only did I know these leaders better, but I was grateful to God for the privilege of serving as a missionary alongside some of the Lord’s best.
African Voices II is divided into eight chapters, each telling the story of a different leader. From Senegal to Kenya, from Southern Sudan to Mozambique, from Malawi to South Africa, each leader’s story is different, yet the thread that ties them together is an unwavering commitment to Christ and the expansion of the Church.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“Individualism is considered witchcraft in most African societies, so the concept of holiness as love finds fertile ground in Africa.” – Benson Phiri, Malawi
“Christians and church leaders in Africa must not only live holy lives but must also be brave enough to speak prophetically against evil wherever they find it, just as Amos did when he spoke against the actions of the king.” – Enoch Litswele, South Africa
“One thing I learned from my parents is to stand by the truth, no matter what.” – Filimao Chambo, Mozambique
“People should be able to see in us the holiness that we are telling them about. If we only present holiness as a concept, then others will see it as an idea, not as a way of life that is lived out before them.” – Emmanuel Wafula
“When planting a church, it is not qualified leaders that are needed; just ask for people who are willing to serve God. The Holy Spirit helps us know that this one is real and genuine and another one is not serious. The Holy Spirit gives discernment.” – John Yual, Southern Sudan
African Voices II also includes some amazing stories of former Muslims who are living out their faith in Christ in dangerous places. Be warned: You may feel like you’ve suffered nothing major yet for the Cause of the Gospel. On the positive side, you’ll be drawn to surround these leaders of God with your prayers.
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