Lukia Njige’s family declared Islam as their religion. Actually, they were immersed in the dark powers of folk beliefs and witchcraft. Neither was life-giving to this young girl from the remote village of Misungwi in Tanzania. To add to her hopelessness, both of Lukia’s parents were alcoholics and she followed their example into a life of bondage.
In 1980, Lukia married. Alcoholism was their common bond. To survive, they sold alcohol, which was made illegally. Their trade fueled their addictions and kept them in spiritual darkness. Lukia and her husband had eight children. Tragically their oldest child passed away in 2000.
In 2003, Lukia’s husband also died, leaving her to provide for her surviving children. Food, shelter, and schooling all fell to Lukia, and she did the only thing she knew—continue to sell illegal alcohol.
Lukia’s life seemed hopeless.
Lukia began to suffer from chronic insomnia. She was tormented through many long and lonely nights. “I went to see witch doctors. It was the only thing I thought could help,” says Lukia. Visiting pseudo-healers is still a very common practice in Tanzania. “The witch doctors did not help me and I only got worse.” She had never heard about the transforming power of Jesus. Lukia’s life was hopeless.
During these troubling times, Lukia’s oldest daughter heard the gospel and became a believer. Her daughter began to tell her about Jesus but Lukia was not open to hear this message. She kept on living a life separated from God and controlled by sin. Lukia’s daughter continued to pray for her mother and believed in faith that one day she would give her life to Christ.
Just this year, Lukia became very sick and went to witch doctors again for help but their efforts failed. “I felt like it was the end of my life,” remembers Lukia. “I went seeking help, and nothing worked.” Lukia had lost all hope. Once again, her daughter told her about the saving power of Jesus Christ. Having tried everything she knew, Lukia put her faith in God and His promise of salvation. Lukia accepted Jesus into her life and her hope was restored! “Jesus was the only help I needed,” says Lukia. “He was the only person who could save my life.”
Restored to a relationship with her Savior, Lukia was still in need of physical healing. She was introduced to Martin, a church planter who had been trained through the Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) modules for More Churches and Stronger Churches. Martin prayed for Lukia. She was completely healed, and that night she slept soundly for the first time in 17 years!
Jesus dramatically transformed her life.
Today, Lukia is very active in the church where Martin is pastor. She has offered land to be used by the church. Lukia is receiving the same MNM church planter training that helped Martin learn how to plant a community of faith. Lukia’s entire family now worships together, in fellowship with other believers.
Lukia’s story, and that of her family and her community, has taken a dramatic, hope-filled turn. Because you gave to MNM, Lukia can say, “What seems impossible to man, is possible for God.”
“Today I am saved and my life has been transformed forever.”
“I am experiencing the joy of the Lord in my life. Someone has laid His life down for you and me. His name is Jesus, the Son of the Most High God. He is ready to take away all your burdens and pains. Just take a step of faith and welcome Him into your heart,” Lukia says.
There are thousands of people like Lukia in villages who need your help. Your gift will encourage hundreds of people in Africa to make a discovery that will transform their lives and the future of the entire continent. It all begins with one transformed life, a life like Lukia’s.
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Now Lukia is enfolded into a community of faith, hope, and love.
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