Church Planter – Freetown, Sierra Leone
Emmanuel is a 2015 graduate of Kabwata Baptist Church's internship program and has an associate's degree in theology. He returned to his home country in September 2015, after the Ebola outbreak, to plant a church in the capital city of Freetown.
Testimony of Conversion
My name is Emmanuel Komba. I was born into a non-Christian family where both parents were not Christians, and my extended family members were Muslim.
I came to know the Lord through one brother, Daniel, who was from the First Presbyterian Church in Sierra Leone. This brother met me at home one gracious afternoon when I was home alone. He began by asking me some questions like, “Have you ever thought of what will happen to you if you die today?” “Why do people die?” etc.
I became very interested to know the answers to those questions. He then began to answer my questions by first explaining the cause, which is sin, and the result that we are all under God’s judgments. He emphasized the seriousness of sin from Scripture (Rom. 6:3; 3:23). It sounded as if there was no way out, but interestingly he ended by saying that someone (Christ) has paid the price for sin, and one must believe in Him, repent, and trust Him for salvation. His last words were ‘think about it.’
I was very worried after he left. I tried asking my dad after work, but I went to sleep early. Thankfully, Brother Daniel came the following day. The first thing I told him was that I wanted to ask for forgiveness from Christ, and he said that I must do that personally. I was a very proud guy at that age, but since then I felt a sense of relief from this deadly sin. I later gave my life to Christ, was baptized, and became a member of the Presbyterian Church. I thank God for Christ.
Call to Ministry
Before I begin to explain how I sensed my call to ministry, I need to establish the fact that I never once wanted to be a minister of the gospel. My dream was to become a computer engineer. But graciously all this changed by the time I finished senior secondary school. I began to really sense this call when I had a personal relationship with Christ Jesus.
I did not really want the direction the Holy Spirit was leading me. This neglect to respond to God’s call brought great challenges like distress, frustration in many ways, and unhappiness in everything else I was doing at the time. One of the biggest challenges I faced before I finally responded to God’s call was persecution from my uncle, who was a Muslim. This was after the death of my father. (In African culture, uncles have strong authority in the family.)
During school, however, I was very involved in church activities and became the youth president. It was during this time that I really sensed God’s call to full-time ministry. Yet once again I ignored it, until it was confirmed to me by the elders of the church, together with family members and friends. I then began to give it serious thought, since everyone concluded that I could be a good minister.
So I finally made up my mind to go for theological training and I got a scholarship to study. Ever since I genuinely responded to God’s call, I have been very happy, I feel more fulfilled than before, and I now enjoy serving God. I thank God for His glorious call upon my life.