Our "Macedonia Call"

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying,

Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we

endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us

for to preach the gospel unto them.

Acts 16:9,10

It is such an amazing thing to see an absolutely practical application of the Word of God in our lives. You see, for those of you who have been following our journey thus far, you may have recognized, by now, that it is not that the devil was hindering our work for the Lord, in South Africa. But it is apparent that it is the Holy Spirit who has “forbidden us to preach” there. We were to minister in Pretoria but all the doors there were shut. There was a possibility for us to have travelled to Durban, but that would have not been to preach either — and the Holy Spirit “suffered us not to go”. So we left South Africa and came into Kenya, in response to an invitation. It is here, in Kenya, we understood why we were in Africa.

Acts chapter 16 has a very interesting account of the Apostle Paul on his first missionary journey. While reading this account again, at this time, it became more real and relevant to me. Paul was sent by the Jerusalem Church with decrees that sought to clarify the liberty of the non-Jewish believers regarding the matters of circumcision and the Law, which were previously being mandated of the Gentile believers. While in Troas, Paul had a night vision of a man of Macedonia calling unto him to “come and help us”. Paul saw this vision as being from the Lord and immediately made arrangements to go into Macedonia.

I find it quite fascinating that in this account, Paul and Silas made attempts to go preach the Gospel in Asia and to go into Bithynia, but the Holy Spirit “suffered them not to”. They were “forbidden to”. A very similar thing occurred with us in this, our first missionary journey. It is clear that we were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach in South Africa. After this I received a call to, “Come to Kenya and help us”.

Kenya is a beautiful country. Like many other African countries, however, it’s political past and history of conflicts have caused it to be somewhat ostracized by the West. It is rich in resources but many parts of the nation remain grossly under-developed. As one traverses the country one would notice pockets of prosperity. But again, it remains obvious that the gap between the haves and the haves not is ever so great. In spite of the great lack that exists and the very limited opportunities, one would encounter a people of faith.