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Sowing Pepper Seeds for the Gospel

by Crossworld
in Africa, Agriculture, Church, Leadership development, Story
An African pastor discovers a new way to grow Jesus’ kingdom.
TOGO — When God called, Lekan obeyed and moved to a remote village to become a pastor. He began to preach and teach, but he soon realized his ministry wasn’t sustainable. The people in his newly founded church, who were living in poverty themselves, wouldn’t be able to support his family.

He needed a solution to his financial problems, so he began a pepper farm. Little did Lekan know, growing peppers would serve to grow his church as well.

“Initially the pepper farm served a purely financial purpose,” Lekan said. “But then I met Crossworld worker Kwashie.”

Lekan attended Kwashie’s missions launch training, a course designed to train African leaders to take the gospel to their unreached neighbors. For eight weeks, they studied the Bible, character development, prayer, suffering, and culture. 

Besides ministry preparation, Lekan also learned how to use his trade as part of his ministry. That gave Lekan an idea.

“I realized I could use my pepper farm to share the gospel with the people in my village,” Lekan said.

Ever since the missions training course, Lekan has had a new passion for his farm — and with it has come huge success. The business earns enough that he can support his own family plus the families of his two farm employees — all the while giving him freedom to continue pastoring the small church.

Through every interaction with his employees and customers, he is bringing God’s love to life … sowing seeds and sowing the gospel.

Your part in this story...

Crossworld workers Kwashie asks you to pray for these requests.

  • Pray for Pastor Lekan to seize every opportunity to share the good news, and for many people to trust in Christ.
  • Pray for more men like Lekan who will use their skills to influence their communities for Christ.
  • Pray for Kwashie and his team as they prepare for next year’s missions launch training program. The training costs $300 for each pastor, and Kwashie wants to train 20 or more pastors like Lekan in 2019. Will you help fund a pastor’s training?
The people in this story are real, but their names have been changed to protect their privacy.

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