Sunday in Mosaic Church of Aurora’s worship service, my sermon was translated into Swahili, yes Swahili. I didn’t see that coming.
Over two years ago (through the generosity of a friend of Mosaic) we bought simultaneous translation equipment. We used it for awhile translating into Spanish, but recently those attending our worship services understand English well enough to not need the translation. Two weeks ago, Martin Masimango (a refugee from the Congo) stopped by our building, the Opportunity Center, to see if I’d let him use a room where he could start a Swahili speaking church… like he had done in the refugee camp in Uganda. I told him I didn’t think it would work, explaining how busy our Sunday schedule is – five worship services. He was pretty persistent and asked me to pray about it and to meet him the next week, I agreed. We met again last Friday. Martin said that as he had been praying he sensed that they were supposed to be a part of Mosaic and asked if they could come and worship with us. I asked him if those he was ministering to understood English, he said “no” but that he’d be willing to translate… well how could I say “no” to that, I just happened to have simultaneous translation equipment stored in my garage!
I don’t know what this all means or what God might orchestrate in the coming days, but I do know that this past Sunday at Mosaic Church of Aurora the life changing message of God’s love, hope and transformation was proclaimed in English, Korean, Spanish and for the first time in Swahili. I have been praying that God would give us more and more opportunities to be His voice in this community, but Swahili? I have to admit, I didn’t see that coming.
Please keep on praying.