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The Story of a Naked Christian

A naked Christian is a person who refuses to wear the clothes of personal achievements, failures, abilities or misabilities. He or she is not afraid of what people will think or say when they discover that their inadequacy, weaknesses, fears or inabilities. They have no fear of shame or guilt because Christ took it away on the Cross.

I am a Christian. A father, a husband, a brother and a son. I am an African. For some this is a badge of honor or dishonor, but to me it is a mark of who I am, what I am, and above all, why I am. To quote an African theologian:

In becoming Christian I discovered I was becoming African again. I was recovering my sense of the spirituality of life. I was recovering my sense of the nearness of the living God. I was recovering my African sense of the wholeness of life. I find in becoming Christian, I am being more African than I think I was. I am being more who I am. – Kwame Bediako

Like most Africans, my story is a narrative of death, poverty, hunger, disease, education and importantly, faith in God. I cannot run away from this story. It sought me, made me, but now redeemed in Christ. For what the Devil meant to mark my destruction, Christ crafted it into a mosaic illustrating the breadth of the Father’s love and the Holy Spirit’s wisdom.

This story gives me a unique perspective on Christian Living. It is how God shaped my voice. So, hear me speak as I desire only to utter words that are like oracles of God, and not make noise in this already riotous world. I went through hell, may be so that I encourage those who are suffering. The statement, God is in control is not an empty cliche to me, but a reality.

Hitting Rock Bottom

I was alone at my family home when Christ visited me. The house was empty and quiet, not because of serenity, but calamity. I lost my parents to diseases, cruel diseases.

Although I had five siblings, I was lonely. Poverty is cruel, very cruel. It destroys families and snatches away pockets of hope like a hungry bully at a school playground.

I was not interested with God stuff. I was not an atheist, but an angry kid in a small ghoulish town in the middle of nowhere. I had enough common sense to know there was God, but I hated him for murdering my parents and humiliating my family with poverty.

What kind of God robs a 16 year old kid of his parents? A foolish God, I strongly believed.

In my anger, Christ visited me. As I lay in pain caused by possibly PTSD, he touched me. No, I was not looking for salvation, but he was looking for me.

How could I search for someone who I thought wanted to ruin my life? God is all-powerful and all-knowing, yet He did not heal my parents from curable diseases or advice them to keep money in savings account. And I hated Him.

It seems God was watching me all along, even in my anger and resentment.

Anger led me to diseases, serious diseases. The kind that makes you think your pillow is actually your head. My stomach felt like I had been stubbed by an angry serial killer a thousand times with a blunt knife.

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Finding a Ladder in the Pit

I was a mess. I walked around with a bag of antacids and painkillers like a confused physician. I escaped the trauma of my mom’s death and physical pain through reading.

I read novels like a lonely librarian. I read every published work of Jane Austen, from Pride and Prejudice to Lady Susan. Every day, I flipped through the imaginary world crafted by Joseph Conrad, Vladimir Nabokov, Dambudzo Marechera, Ngugi wa Thiong and even Lorenzo Carcaterra.

Fiction could not heal the deep wounds in my heart.

A few months before, my brother’s friend gave me a dictionary and an ugly Christian booklet. Like most sensible people, I judge a book by its cover. So, I  read the dictionary and left the book on the shelf gathering dust like an abandoned grave.

Meeting the Rock at the Rock Bottom

On January 2nd 2002, I hit an all time low. No book in my library could provide the escape I needed, not even the dictionary. Hopeless, I picked up the Christian booklet.

Each page of the book was like a mirror to my hidden souI, revealing the ugly truth of my life. Despite the ugly wickedness, God blew a fresh wind from the nostrils of God wiping away all my sins. My anger vanished like morning mist.

God is good, even in face of suffering. Poverty, death and hunger can never limit his goodness. In my anger, he chose to love me and give me a gift of no condemnation.

I did not deserve to be a poor orphan, a mere statistic in the fancy UNICEF reports. But, I did not deserve to receive the life of Christ either. Grace happened to me and it can happen to anyone too.

I am Edmond Sanganyado. I am from Zimbabwe; born in Bulawayo, grew up in Karoi, stayed in Chinhoyi, studied in Bulawayo and worked in Harare. Today I am a graduate student in southern California.

I write because I love writing. I write poetry, personal prayers, lamentations and psalms, book reviews, memoirs and general articles on Christian living (1 Timothy 1:5-6).

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  1. Young man, what an honor and privilege to read your testimony! I prayed when I first started blogging, (been in internet ministry in various forms since 1994) that the Holy Spirit would lead those to me and then illuminate to my spirit those He would have me follow to garner more teaching, encouragement, exhortation and yes admonition and inspiration. He has been beyond faithful and gracious!!
    I cannot, since born and living in the U.S. since birth to even begin to imagine what you have been through. The closest is areas I read in my Bible, BUT as far a Jesus coming to one who is, or at least feels like, he’s at the bottom, and then raising them up through Grace and Mercy, to THAT I can proclaim a common life experience.
    I do KNOW this from the Word of God, ALL things DO work together for good to them that God has called according to HIS purpose and what each of us goes through is to give us the ministry gifts and the ability to relate to those that the Holy Spirit leads into our ‘circle of influence’ so to speak! I count it an extreme honor to call you Brother, for the Word tells us that our “spirit will bear witness with one another.”
    I am going to add your site link to my Blogs Followed page and I look immensely forward to reading more of your articles and even more of your testimony as time and health permit. I am retired on disability, going to be 63 soon though from ministry (service) you NEVER retire. God bless you richly and abundantly as you continue to serve all of us and our Lord and Redeemer!!!!

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  2. I read this before but did not realize that you are now in Southern California. One of the best things here is Bibles for America in Irvine (www.bfa.org). They offer free New Testaments, free Christian books, and a blog with practical words for Christian life.

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    1. I didn’t realize Living Stream Ministry had offices in SoCal. I have a couple of books and the Recovery Version NT. I got them while in Zimbabwe, one of the brothers from LSM brought them for me.

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      1. Yes, Living Stream Ministry’s main office is in Anaheim. I am in Los Angeles and I am active with Christians here and with LSM’s ministry. If you are interested, I am open to fellowship in person or by phone. Where are you?

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        1. It is quite interesting how I came in touch with LSM. I requested the Recovery Version and I was told they do not send to Africa. A year later, a brother, from the UK office was invited to Harare for a church conference. I lived in a different city, but happened to be in Harare the day he came. (Imagine the odds of meeting someone in San Francisco when you live in Riverside) . So, I received Watchman Nee’s book when we met.

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  3. Edmond,
    You give a powerful testimony here on God’s love and the grace He has given you and extends to everyone. Your perspective is very unique and needs to be heard by the world. I love your entire blog site. God’s blessings on your graduate studies and thanks for stopping by my blog and following it.

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  4. I read your piece on America not really being a Christian nation, and sadly you are right. However, “the South” part of America, also called the Bible Belt, does a better job of portraying it. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. You mentioned going to Atlanta, and at first glance, it may not seem that Christian either because it’s a large city with everything that entails. But in the South and Atlanta, you will find churches on every corner, (I see 2 outside my office window downtown), many Christian radio and tv stations, and many charity organizations – United Way, Goodwill, Atlanta Mission, YMCA, etc. While it’s far from perfect, at least there are still reminders. The Martin Luther King national park downtown Atlanta is another great reminder. I hope you find your stay in America pleasant regardless, and hope you get to visit some of our Southern churches. First Baptist Woodstock Atlanta and Andy Stanley’s church are two that I personally like.

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  5. Hello Edmond, you are one of my role models in blogging. The insights you share with me are working. I am grateful. Regards to your Mrs. and the children. On your way to Zimbabwe, make a stop over in Accra. Cheers

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  6. Thank you for reading my blog, Edmond. I’m glad to see what you are doing here and look forward to reading your story. God does indeed seek out those He loves for His own purpose, and gives us what we need to do it for His glory. God bless you and yours! Joyce

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  7. “Grace happened….” Says it all. Not that it’s just a random thing, Grace happens because Jesus came to save his people from their sins. He finds his sheep and rescues them! Am getting ready for Sunday School, but “I’ll be back!” 🙂

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  8. Thank you for sharing your wonderful testimony. God is truly worthy of all praise and glory! The way you now understand, by looking back through the new eyes Christ has given you, that He is the one seeking after us. Yes, we do not deserve such a love as this! God bless you and keep you.

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  9. VaSanganyado,
    Thank you for following my blog. I am enjoying reading about your experience and the openness of your sharing, and I look forward to reading more…
    happy blogging!
    Eruditeblogger

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  10. Thanks for your follow (I follow you). Hope you view more of my notes. I will return to read more. You write well and I see, seek to glorify God. I have enjoyed your testimony, a wonderful one. Continue to preach Christ my brother. I thank Him for loving and giving you an anchor. Till next time, Sincerely; MAO

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  11. WOW! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your faith shines like a beacon of hope and joy! I praise God that he has found you, my brother, and that you are now sharing that light with those around you. I pray that I may learn to do the same, and that we will meet before the throne of grace!

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  12. Your story is so compelling, as it touched my heart. You have such a gift for writing, please don’t ever stop. Thanks for the follow and I look forward to reading your blog posts as well.
    ~brïdgêtté

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  13. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I came to yours with no expectation, but was so impressed I couldn’t leave and had to “follow”. I look forward to reading more. God bless you and your family.

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  14. Hi Edmond. Thank you so much for sharing your story. My story is different from yours, but on so many levels I could related: “No, I was not looking for salvation, but he was looking for me.” I was also angry at God. My dad was an alcoholic and my mom was extremely disabled and sick. I tried to lose myself in TV, book, movies, anything to escape my own reality. But the escape could never last. I hit bottom. I contemplated suicide. And That’s when God found me. I’m thankful to God that he found you too. Even when we were not looking for him, Jesus left the 99 and came after us when we were lost in alone. God bless you, your family, and your ministry. Audrey

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  15. Edmond, your story encourages me to trust in the Lord! I recently lost my job and my wife and I suffered a miscarriage. As of a day from now myself and my two kids will be without health care coverage. But honestly reading your works are a sign from God that things will be fine if I trust in him! I am sorry for the loss of your parent’s. God works in mysterious ways often it is in our suffering where His glory is manifested! Please pray for me and my family in our time of need. I certainly ask God to continue to watch over you and your family!

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  16. Your story is very moving. I am so glad you are following ‘WW1 Parcels to the Front & Letters Home’. . I hope you will find my (19 yr old) Dad’s emotional, physical and spiritual struggle, to make sense of that horrendous War, some help in your own life & faith.

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  17. Hi Edward
    What an amazing testimony! Truly to God be the glory!
    I stopped by to thank you for following me. As a brand new blogger still learning, it brought a big smile to my face. You have a wonderful writing style. Keep up the excellent God-glorifying work.

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  18. Hello out there! It’s been 9 months since you started to follow my blog. Then? What happened? Maybe I did not reciprocate out of ignorance of how to! Today I checked all my followers, I couldn’t believe I been blogging that long!
    But then, I remember what happened? I have not been able to get the knack of the whole blogging thing until recently. Now I am trying to catch up with everybody.
    Wow! A Naked Christian? What a finding!
    Hope to see you again! I like your post! 🙂

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  19. Thank you for following my blog! I’ve been looking through some of your posts, and it’s very encouraging to see your heart for the Gospel and for sharing that through this platform. I pray that you continue to grow through the experience of sharing and connecting with others.

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  20. Hi there, my name is Ninos Hadjirousou and i see that your’e following my blog. I would like to thank you for following the (Pilgrims blog). Hope to know how must i appreciate you following my blog. God bless

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  21. Hi there! I just wanted to say “thanks” for stopping by and following my blog. You have a gift with words; I just love the stuff I have read while browsing through your blog. God bless you.

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  22. Your talent and vulnerability shines through in your writing. I can very much relate to hitting rock bottom and being stripped of everything. Although my life looks very different on the outside, in my insides I felt the same pain and desperation. I am now a grateful and devoted follower of Christ. We are sisters and brothers in the faith.

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  23. Hi Naked Christian

    Happy new year and thank you for following my blog. As a fellow believer and blogger, I would like to share with you an upcoming art project I am working on that God called me to do. How may I contact you? Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

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  24. Thank you for following my blog. I am very interested in yours. The culture I live in is about as different as possible from the one you grew up in. Because culture can put us in a box, I want to see Jesus also through the lens of your culture, and you portray that so well. God bless your studies, and the plans He has for you. He will use you to open eyes and hearts.

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  25. Thank you for following my blog Believing for Ben. Our little guy is alive today thanks to many prayers, the grace of a loving, healing God, and the miracle of modern medicine. We are blessed! God bless you in your studies and your writing.

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