I'm Not Ashamed
Loinçon [LOY-son] lives in the hills outside the capital city of Burundi. [Locate Burundi in east-central Africa.] Ever since he can remember, his parents have taught the children to pray and use their talents for God. Loinçon and his older sister enjoy singing in church, and sometimes they go with their father to visit neighbors and tell them that God loves them. Some people thank them for coming, but others don’t want to hear about God. But Loinçon has decided that it’s important to tell people about Jesus, even if they don’t accept Him as their Savior.
Spreading the Word
Loinçon shares his faith with his classmates and invites them to church. “Today I brought three friends to church with me,” he says. “Other times other boys come with me.”
Loinçon’s parents worship in a church close to home, but Loinçon likes the church in the center of town. So he and his friends walk 45 minutes to church. But the boys don’t mind the long walk. “Some of my friends think it’s strange that we worship on Sabbath instead of Sunday,” Loinçon says. “So while we’re walking I can explain why we do things differently from other churches. I tell them what I think Jesus wants them to know. Then on the way home we talk about what we learned in church that day.”
One of Loinçon’s friends attends church with him and has joined the children’s choir. But his parents weren’t happy that he was going to church on Sabbath. They told him that if he kept going to church with Loinçon, he would have to find another place to live. So the boy went to stay with Loinçon’s family for two weeks. Then one day his parents told him to come back home and promised that he could attend church. Loinçon’s friend loves Jesus and doesn’t want anything or anyone to stop him from worshipping on Sabbath.
Standing for the Sabbath
Several Adventist children attend school with Loinçon. Soon they’ll take the national exams to determine who can go on to seventh grade. The teachers hold special classes on Saturdays to help the students prepare for the exam. The children tell the teachers that it’s more important to worship God than to go to school. Although the teachers and principal could make it difficult for the students who skip classes on Sabbath, the children praise God that so far the teachers understand and allow them to miss the classes. Sometimes their friends ask them, “Why don’t you come to school on Saturday? You can go to church after classes.” Loinçon tries to explain the importance of obeying God’s laws.
“I’m not ashamed to share my faith,” Loinçon says. “I will tell my friends about God, even when they laugh at me.” Loinçon is a missionary. We can be missionaries too as we tell our friends that we love Jesus and invite them to worship God with us. Will you be a missionary this week?