I came across this on James Taranto’s “Best of the Web” site a couple of days ago.

I am greatly pleased when an unbeliever encounters evidence that glorifies the Lord Jesus. He changed my life. Perhaps he’ll change Matthew’s as well. Looks like change is already happening…

“Matthew Parris, just back from Africa, has an essay in London’s Times bearing the provocative title ‘As an Atheist, I Truly Believe Africa Needs God’:

Travelling in Malawi refreshed another belief, too: one I’ve been trying to banish all my life, but an observation I’ve been unable to avoid since my African childhood. It confounds my ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit my world view, and has embarrassed my growing belief that there is no God.

Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good.”