Daily Topic for January 03, 2011
In a way, the Dixes were in the same position as Moses. Both had to deal with powerful leaders who opposed their work. Though there were difficulties along the way, Pharaoh did eventually submit to God. Mboli eventually died, and his son allowed God’s will to prevail. There will be difficulties, but God will always be victorious!
Pray for God to have the victory as He deals with the “Pharaohs” who now rule Sudan, the same ones who oppose His will.
Earl Dix and Helena Sieler sailed from New York for Africa in 1929. They were married in early 1931. Then they went to Banda in the Belgian Congo (later called the Democratic Republic of Congo), to open a new mission station and approached Chief Mboli to ask for workmen. Mboli had ruled his land for many years and anyone meeting him for the first time would realize he was a person of dignity and importance. Earl and Helena began to tell the people about salvation and the freedom they would have in Christ. Mboli sensed that this message was a threat to his power. So he prepared to deal with the missionaries.
After he promised 50 workers to build the mission station, he told the Belgian officials that these men were all criminals who had fled to the mission station to escape him. He succeeded in retrieving about half the men. But those who remained on the job became the loyal, dedicated workers who soon were the core of the church among the Azande people.
After Mboli’s death, his son Solo became their true friend. The Dixes served at Banda under four generations of chieftains who did profess to be Christians, but rarely lived godly lives.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord will give missionaries favorable rapport with leaders where they seek to minister.