The following story is both timely and moving — and came from some of Discovery’s friends in service abroad. Many of you have directly participated in one of their translation projects through your designated giving. We have permission to share this with all of you, as long as we avoid certain words for the security of those involved. And when you are finished reading, take a moment to pray for them…
Dear friends and family,
I don’t know if you’ve ever gotten a chance to meet someone who has actually tried to kill one of your loved ones, but a couple weeks ago I did.
If you’ve followed our updates, you are familiar with a man we’ve called Alvin – the only totally open local believer we have ever met on our island. Just to recap, Alvin and I met to pray regularly for about two years. During those two years, I witnessed the difficulty of Alvin’s life – abuse, threats, homelessness, rejection. One day Alvin was gone. Just gone. A few weeks later we heard he had left for another country.
A few months ago, I had my first conversation with Alvin in over 2 years, and he told me the story about how M, a local cleric, had asked permission from the president to have him executed. The president had refused, and Alvin (remarkably calm about the incident) stayed on the island. But one night the police came to Alvin, and warning him of threat, helped him board a fishing boat that same night and flee to a neighboring country; apparently, M was still at work.