My Adventist teammate and I know that prayer is powerful. Because of this, we always pray before going out on the street to share the gospel in the restrictive Asian country where we live. In fact, because we believe in the power of prayer, we really have spent lots of time praying.
But for a long time nothing seemed to happen despite all the prayers. We saw no breakthrough in our work on the streets.
As a result, we got a little discouraged and began to lose our way. How could we continue the pioneer work and church-planting plan when we saw no spiritual breakthrough?
However we did not have any other way to keep the work going other than prayer. So we continued praying, even though we saw no results.
One day as we were praying before leaving for the streets, a church member rushed into our house church to say her husband was very sick and had requested prayer. Her eyes filled with tears. We understood that the need was critical, so we changed our plan from trying to witness on the streets and instead went to her home.
Mr. C was very ill and weak. Our hearts were broken when we saw him. We prayed for him and sang some Christian songs. Despite his weakness, he smiled at us. In fact, he looked better after our prayer.
After praying with him daily for a week, he had improved enough to speak with us. We were praising the Lord!
Mr. C was not a believer when we met him. But today he has accepted Jesus, the God of his wife, as real and powerful. He is beginning to study the Bible to learn more about Jesus.
Seeing God’s hand in Mr. C’s life has reminded us that God hears our prayers after all. But perhaps He wants us to focus on the people who are closest to us first. While we will continue praying for a breakthrough in sharing the gospel on the streets, we have decided that the best place to start is with our church members and their families. We believe that another Mr. C or Mrs. C is waiting for our visit. They need to hear about Jesus and His everlasting gospel.
In Acts 16:31, we are promised: “Have faith in the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will have salvation.”
We must continue the work to bring more non-Christian family members to Jesus.
Editor’s Note: This is the testimony of a pioneer worker in an area of Asia where sharing about Christ is difficult and sometimes risky. While we cannot share names, please pray for the workers and new believers there, for God knows their names.
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