Earlier this month a team of 5 people from CCC were sent to Mali for a very specific purpose – use medical care for large animals to open the door for Jesus in local villages.
Dr. Jerry Busselman (a veterinarian), Jamie Sell, Melissa Head, Brad Dunbar, and Randy Raether, spent about a week in multiple village in Mali providing much needed inoculations for over 3,400 cattle and hundreds more goats and sheep. As you can see from this picture, most animals in Mali have parasites which keep them from growing healthy. The medicine our team provided will allow these cattle to become healthy within a matter of weeks and therefore be more valuable to local farmers.
The beauty though from the hard work this team put in is the new open doors for Jesus. They worked side by side with one of the local Pastors, visiting remote villages that have not been open to receiving the gospel but are eager to receive the vet team and the inoculations they bring. While the team was working hard the pastor was making connections with the village chiefs and planning to return with his team in a month to share the gospel. In all, our CCC team was able to visit 5 new villages that the pastors have not been able to previously visit.
Not only were the native people impacted by the trip but the men and women from CCC that stepped out in faith to do this work were also greatly impacted. As one of the team members said, “This has been a life changing experience for me. To travel to a far away country that is so poor, and use something as simple as medicine for animals to bring the good news of Jesus to these people, how can this not be life changing?”
This is the 3rd time CCC has sent a team like this to Mali and it is an exciting opportunity to reach Malians with the gospel. As these local Pastors build relationships with village leaders, they gain credibility and they are given the right to then share the gospel with hundreds of Malians. In this 90% Muslim country this has been one of the most creative and effective ways to show the love of Jesus and share the gospel.