The Cost of Discipleship

The Cost of Discipleship

Samson* grew up in the Pande area. One day he and his friends were hanging around as they always did when a missionary pulled his bike up beside them. “I’d like to teach you something,” he offered.  A few snickers escaped their lips, but the missionary approached them, undeterred. “He started teaching us about God’s creation,” remembers Samson, “and eventually he told us about the love of Jesus.” Like everyone he knew, Samson had been raised in the dominant religion in the area. Yet, something about this man’s words rang true like nothing he’d ever heard. “From what I knew of this man, his actions lined up with his message. When he spoke about God's love, we could see it in action.”

That day - more than a decade ago - Samson and four of his friends made the decision to follow Jesus. They started attending church. Then the persecution began.

Local religious leaders stoked anger in the community. Friends and family in the village confronted him, demanding he leave his home. They destroyed his house. They accused him of theft, and nearly convinced the police to arrest him. His wife, the daughter of the local religious leader, left him. Samson watched in dismay as each of his Christian friends renounced their faith. The cost of being a Christian almost seemed like too much. However, unwavering in his belief, Samson fled to the bush with his two young sons to seek safety.

When asked what sustained him during this dark time Samson replied, “I believe Christ is true.”

Such is the cost of discipleship in Digoland, and in the village where the Amani School is located. Christianity may be one of the two major religions in Tanzania but where the Amani School is located, it is very difficult for anybody to turn to Christ and live in the area.

Samson eventually returned to his home. He has since remarried a Digo Christian woman. He cares for his two sons from his first marriage and his two children from his second. He has prospered as a watermelon farmer and continues to share the Good News with everyone he encounters. His perseverance has even earned him a grudging respect within the community. He is considered a wise man.

Samson has made the decision to send his four children to the Amani School, and knows the school community is helping to strengthen the faith of his family and his children. In fact, every Amani parent has made the choice to send their children to the Christian school knowing exactly what it may cost them. That’s how important a high-quality education is for the people of this area, and why they make significant sacrifices so their children can have a chance at a better life.

Even though he remains one of a very few Digo Christians, Samson’s faith does not waiver.

“Sometimes it's not a good season for planting,” says Samson.

“But I will never stop [sharing the gospel.]”

*Pseudonym used to protect identity 

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