Matengo Miracles

A few weeks ago, we told you about John Kapuku, a 90 year-old Matengo-speaking man who received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. You can read more about him here. Three months after this, he passed away and went to be with the Lord.

After he passed away, we received a phone call from one of the Matengo translators, Eda Lupogo, and a Matengo pastor. They told us that in the last few months of his life, he was full of joy such as he had never experienced before he found the love of Jesus. He said that he had seen Jesus through the Word of God, and also through those of us who brought him food and clothing.

Since the day we first visited him months ago to give him food and clothing, Eda had been going to see him to pray with him, care for him, and read the Bible with him. Praise God for John’s life and for the peace, love, and joy he experienced before he died!

The Matengo pastors give thanks to God for their people coming to Jesus and their lives being transformed, just like John’s. Please continue to pray for those working on the rest of the Matengo translation so that they might have access to all of God’s Word in their heart language!

Food for the Soul

John Kapuku lives in the Matengo-speaking village of Mapei in southern Tanzania. He is 90 years old and has lived alone for a few years now, since his children are grown and his wife died some time ago. When we first met him outside his tiny house, he told us that he had no one to care for him, so we helped him to get food and to clean himself up.

After we helped him, he sat down and spoke with us. We shared with him about God and about the love of Christ, and he was very interested in what we were saying. We decided to give him the Matengo book of Mark, which was completed by TWFTW translators. As we read to Mr. Kapuku from the gospel, he started to smile and his face was full of joy.

“Please, how can I be connected with this Jesus?” he asked us. “This Word of God is speaking with me in my heart.” We prayed with him and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, and then he said that he could see angels in his house, which he had never seen before.

We spent a few more days with him and continued to help him and pray with him. Before we left, he said to us, “Now I believe that Heaven must be a beautiful place.” Eda Lupogo, one of the TWFTW Matengo translators, now cares for Mr. Kapuku and makes sure that he has food to eat and that he stays clean and healthy. We care for him as if he is our father. He has some of the scriptures in his own language that he can read and that feed his soul as food feeds his body.

Veronique Krüger and George Chombo