Riding from Abuja to Jos, Nigeria, David Joel, pastor of Agape Communion Church, shared with me an amazing story. There was a military coup in Nigeria in February 1976. Jurbe, a Captain in the Nigerian Army, was implicated in the coup. Despite his innocence, the authorities tried and executed him. Paul Wakkies, his younger brother, took his death hard. But on November 5, 1976, his wife, Kurnyang, bore him a daughter. They named her Lengkat, which means, “Don’t Worry!” Paul took solace in the fact that although God allowed the death of his brother, He provided new life.
While speaking to youth at Evangelical Church West Africa (ECWA) David spotted Lengkat and was immediately attracted to her. After worship, he gave her his business card and asked her to call him. She called and they continued to communicate until David (sensing God’s confirmation), proposed. On April 5, 2003, David married her. Today, they have two children and a wonderful ministry in Jos. David is a mighty man of prayer that God is using to impact key people around his nation.
We enjoyed prayer walking early in the morning with close to 300 people around a field near where we conducted our meetings. We asked David to become the worldwide coordinator of our prayer walks, an incredibly important task. With the blessing and anointing of our Nigerian leaders, he has agreed. Please keep him in your prayers as he serves with First Cause in this critical ministry.
Philippians 4:4-7—Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
No matter how difficult things get, we don’t have to worry—God is in control. David illustrated this principle in profound ways. You see, all week while he blessed us with his presence and heart for people, he was also mourning the loss of his mother, who recently went to be with Jesus. Lengkat is a concept we can all apply. We rejoice! We offer graciousness! We have a thankful heart at peace because we believe that God truly guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)