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Believing without seeing


Lassina, right, with Dramane at  Dramane’s baptism in April 2010.

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August 19, 2011
-Jeff Warkentin

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — “When have you experienced a time where you needed to see to believe?”

Dramane responded quickly to this question based on John 20:29. When Dramane, a non-Christian, had been seriously ill, his friend, Lassina, a Christian, prayed for him. When God healed Dramane, Dramane knew that Jesus was the way. Still, he tested God so that God would make his faith grow. He continued to ask God for concrete proof in his life in order to believe more fully.

For Dramane, seeing was believing.

Lassina viewed the story another way. While praying for his friend, he already believed that God would provide healing. He told Dramane’s family, also non-believers, that “Tomorrow, Dramane will get up, buy some tea, and we will have tea together in town.”

And that’s exactly what happened. Dramane’s lengthy illness was gone completely.

In North America, we are less inclined to step forward in “blind” faith. We tend to require scientific evidence  or other forms of proof before we accept something as truth.

Lassina’s faith and Dramane’s healing encourage us to place our trust in God rather than our own fragile reasoning.

Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.- John 20:29.

Jeff Warkentin and his wife Tany recently returned from Burkina Faso where, as Mennonite Church Canada workers, they walked with the congregation of Foyer Evangélique Mennonite de Ouagadougou for the past five years.