Who does not want to see the glory of God? Cathy and I prayed that our translator would be a believer and love the LORD. Yesterday we met Milkeso, went over the Priceless and Evangecube as well as all the other necessary procedures we would use on the field. We had time to spare so I asked him what he would say if he were sharing the gospel with people. I wanted to get a feel for how he expressed his faith. It was so wonderful when he shared the words and verses that he uses because I knew we were on the same page. It was fabulous when he said we would go into the huts/homes with power! Confirmation that he is led by the Holy Spirit meant EVERYTHING to us.
Today, our first day going to the villages, after lots of prayer, the three of us and our disciple maker entered our first home. There were 18 people, one third adults and two thirds children with most of them being teenagers. All 18 stood to receive Jesus as their Savior. We think a few of them were already believers but they were great examples to the rest. Cathy asked them all if they wanted to hear a Bible story. They said a resounding, “YES”. So she told the story of Zaccheus. It was delightful to watch Cathy sharing this story with great animation. Milkeso, actively got into it so well that Cathy said it was like he was on Broadway! What a joy.
The next house belonged to a couple 70 years old who had been married 50 years. When we shared the information about Human Trafficking that the government had asked us to, the old man turned to the 9 young ladies there and said, “This is for you.” With a tender voice he spoke to them encouraging them to be aware of what can happen. It was a beautiful thing to see. We showed and gave him pictures of our families and he went to the cupboard and gave us EACH very small 1×1 inch photo of him. HOW PRECIOUS IS THAT?????
At the house of a mother and 20 year old daughter we were blessed to watch that young woman soak up the information on human trafficking and thank us for it. After that we shared the Evangecube. When we asked them if they wanted to make a decision for Christ they both very kindly said no. You should have seen and heard Milkeso. He took over and very passionately told the woman what a negative decision would mean for them eternally and what a yes decision would mean for them eternally. It took a few minutes of questions and answers and then he turned to me and said, “They are ready now”. What a blessing it was to be used of God to lead them to Himself. We also could not help praising the LORD for Milkeso’s passion and persistence. When the women received Christ as their Savior they were so happy and completely knew what they had done. When I told them they were my new sisters and part of the family of God they understood and were as happy as we were. The older woman hugged us so tight and did not want to let go. When it was time to leave the village I saw the young lady. I asked Milkeso how to say “sister” in their language and he said, “Obelito.” I went to her and said, “Nagahti, Obelito.” That means goodbye sister. She LOVED it and her smile was a big as mine.
What great joy we had today as the Holy Spirit moved the hearts of the village people…and ours as well. It is a privilege to work with people whose passion for Christ matches my own. It’s a gift from God to be invited by Him to share His Gospel with people clear across the world from me…and see them come to Christ. Our team shared stories today and everyone of them were a demonstration of the majesty of God. Yes, God answered each of our prayers today. Thanks to each of you that have been praying. God’s answers are spectacular. Please keep praying those effective prayers. We depend on them. You are part of our team. To Him be all glory and honor and praise.