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Speaking about his hometown of Timbuktu, Abdoulaye Sangho, the TWR Area Ministry Director for West Africa, said that “even the water is not wet!” He was referring to the spiritual hardness of heart that permeates this town in the country of Mali. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit is a specialist at melting hard hearts. Recently we received a letter from a listener in Timbuktu who is on the verge of accepting Christ. Here’s some of what he had to say:

“I don’t have any knowledge of the gospel and have never read the Bible. By chance I tuned to the evangelical station and listened to your program. I have been surprised by the preaching of the Word of God. I have never been to church and think that, being of another religion, I shouldn’t go to such a place. But what I have heard has made me very curious. You seem sincere and truthful. May I have a Bible so I can read discreetly?

“For a long time I have been against the Christian faith and hostile to hear from your religion. By listening to your programs I think now that I am wrong, but I am afraid to continue listening to you. All my friends and relatives are of another religion like myself. I am afraid to change my religion and believe in Jesus. Can you pray for me and give me some counsel?”

Let’s pray for this listener and all those in Timbuktu who need courage to embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior.