(Fishing boats in the village of Winneba, Ghana, West Africa.)
Since our return from Ghana a week and a half ago,
it’s in my thoughts and prayers every day.
From my observation, it’s a country that knows of God and Jesus,
but knowing Him personally as Lord and Savior is a whole different thing.
More often than not Christian “slogans” or bits of scripture are painted on their little businesses
or plastered on their cars, rather like a lucky charm.
(My favorite was a little food shack called “This Too Shall Pass”, and no, I’m not making that up.)
In one little village we went to, the children gathered around us eagerly to sing and hear a Bible story.
They were familiar with the story, but afterwards when we explained the way of salvation and asked who had already received Jesus as Savior and Lord, not one raised their hand.
However, all were eager to do so and prayed aloud with us.
So, just like here in the U.S., those who really do know Jesus need to be fishers of men,
and need to know, and be able to explain,
the difference between knowing of Jesus and having a personal relationship with Him.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God,
and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”
Romans 10:9-10 New Living Translation