During the BYG campaign in Cape Town, Bosko gave his name and phone number to a Jews for Jesus missionary who was out broadsiding. Bosko is in his 30s, from the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. He had fled the war in his country, experiencing the trauma of friends being shot dead next to him as he and his wife literally ran for their lives. They made it through war-torn Angola and starving Zimbabwe, into South Africa and 1700 km further south to Cape Town. The BYG team passed these details on to our church visitation team. The day of our first visit with him, Bosko received Christ as his Saviour and Lord. He immediately became a regular part of our congregation and after a short period was baptized during a morning service.
But for me, the cherry on the top” was a Sunday early in November 2002, when Bosko was welcomed into membership. As his name was called, this striking 6’4″ refugee from the Congo strode joyfully onto the stage, resplendent in his new faith, new country and new suit! As is required of all new members, he started to give his salvation story in faltering English, until he turned to me with imploring eyes and said, “En Francais s’il vous plait?” I looked over the congregation and spotted God’s provision for that occasion—a French man who, due to other commitments is not always able to attend our service. I invited Fabrice to join us on stage.
Bosko’s story just flowed in French as Fabrice translated. He told how Christ had saved him and how grateful he was to God and the person on the street who told him about Jesus and took his name and address. Each translated phrase was greeted by the applause and tears of our congregation. In 23 years of ministry, I have never experienced anything quite like the conversion and ‘take off’ of Bosko—which took place, in part because of a faithful and effective missionary on a BYG campaign. Praise God!