Swahili Coast: “Stephanie” and I met again. She’s finished reading Matthew about Jesus’ death and resurrection. She couldn’t believe people would choose to kill Jesus over Barabbas. I asked her if she believed this story, and she emphatically answered, “Yes!”
Though her family is not hostile to the Good News, they are not interested in talking about it with her. She said, “I don’t know why they don’t want to hear. I told them they can read this book just like they read the Qur’an,.” I asked if she thought this book and the Qur’an are the same and she answered, “Yes!” This doesn’t cause me to despair, however, because I know she is searching for Truth. “Those who seek, shall find!”
The Holy Spirit is clearly working in her. She’s continued to read the Gospel almost everyday and God is revealing truth to her! She is understanding things that amaze me in Scripture and her hunger to know God is evident. Praise the Lord!
She admitted many others don’t like their families to read this book. They can become angry. Then she said something that will stick with me for a long time, “Even I used to hate Christians. I thought they were not good people and all drink alcohol. I didn’t want to know them. But now I know you. I see that you are a good person, you love God, and are always kind.”
This is the reality—unless believers live around the lost, they will never know what a true follower of Christ looks like. The lost only know what they’ve seen from movies or have heard through their families. That message is usually not positive.
A huge THANK YOU for praying for Stephanie. Please keep these in your prayers:
- Pray that God would continue to draw Stephanie and reveal Himself to her. The more she sees the Truth, the better she will distinguish between Light and dark!
- Please also pray that the Lord of the harvest will send more laborers. Share stories of Stephanie with your friends personally and on your timeline. Pray that God would stir hearts and draw more workers to the unreached of the world. All we have done is be available, and the Lord has been able to use the testimony of our lives to draw Stephanie to Himself. That is what this life is about—not having all of the answers, but just being available and obedient. Praise God!
Thank you for your partnership!