By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS – June 24, 2015) — Bayani Leyson, a native ministry leader in the Philippines, ministers to some of the most unusual people on earth, including Islamic terrorists, members of a communist guerrilla group, as well as headhunters and cannibalistic tribes who live in the jungle, according to a report by Christian Aid Mission.
The Aeta tribe still uses bows and arrows to hunt people, whom they eat. With courage supplied by God, Leyson planted a church among this people group. “We’re teaching them how to grow vegetables and how to fish,” Leyson said. That way, they won’t eat human organs.”
He didn’t reprimand them for eating other humans, but by discipling them in God’s Word, real change began. He showed them the Scripture that says, “thou shalt not kill,” which speaks to these concerns.
The Aeta tribe is gradually making a shift from their old way to a new way, he tells Christian Aid Mission.
Leyson displayed a photo of himself holding a medieval-looking sword that a Muslim village chief gave him after he led the chief to Christ.
Some of the people Leyson ministers to do not wear clothes. He tried to offer clothes to the members of one of the tribal churches he planted, but they were slow to catch on. He got them to put on clothes for one recent church service. But after the service ended, he watched as they immediately stripped down, waving the shirts above their heads like lassos and dragged their pants on the ground behind them, he reported to Christian Aid mission.
Many of the native missionaries helped by Christian Aid Mission work among cultures where polygamy is an accepted practice.
“I never force anyone to give up their wives after they become a Christian,” says James Cuffee, a native ministry leader in Liberia. “I teach them gently with Scripture. God will show them.”
About the writer: Mark Ellis is a senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service and also the founder of www.Godreports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions.
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