Now a confirmed atheist, I've become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people's hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good.Truly, read the whole thing. What really stands out, though, is the power of a life well lived for Christ, and the impression that created on this man even as a child:
The Christians were always different. Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them. There was a liveliness, a curiosity, an engagement with the world - a directness in their dealings with others - that seemed to be missing in traditional African life. They stood tall.Given the deep impression these faithful witnesses have had on Matthew Parris' life, it's remarkable that he has remained so committed to his belief that there is no God. I suppose this demonstrates that the lost don't primarily need more evidence ... they need to be reborn.
Regardless, the example set by these African believers and the work done by these missionaries have done much to glorify God and to proclaim the gospel in a very compelling way!