The Fishermen’s Story
When I was a kid, I enjoyed the story about Peter and some of Jesus’ other disciples going fishing all night on the Sea of Galilee without catching anything. (John 21) When dawn was breaking they saw someone on the shore, but didn’t know who it was.
He asked them if they had caught anything, and they let him know they had not. He told them to try putting the net on the other side of the boat, and they caught so many fish they had trouble hauling the catch in. (Then Peter realized it was Jesus.)
Jesus invited them to have breakfast. He had a charcoal fire going with fish and bread grilling—it made my mouth water to think of eating fish right off the grill. It was a story that I could relate to when I thought about having a relationship with Jesus, even though grilled fish was probably not the main point of the story being included in John’s gospel!
Last year I heard about people who live on the long inland Lake Tanganyika. Many of the local men earn their living as fishermen on this lake, and spend more time out on the water or on the shore fixing their nets than they do at home in their communities. They are hardened by the difficult work, and very aware of the spirit world.
YWAM Burundi is less than 200 meters from this lake. At first it was difficult for the missionaries to connect with these men. They started helping the fishermen pull in their nets, and soon they were engaging them in conversation and building friendships. They talked about how Jesus had called fishermen to be his disciples, and told some of the stories of Jesus and His followers on the Sea of Galilee. The fishermen identified with Peter and the others, and several of them gave their lives to Christ, and are worshipping and studying His word together. They in turn are sharing these stories with other fishermen.
Ask God to show you the stories from His word, and his work in your life, that you can tell those around you to point them towards a relationship with Him.
Peggy Turnbull, Missions Coordinator