Sharing the Gospel
Jesus is using me to share Christ’s hope with the people of Craiova. Every week I have the chance to meet people from various villages who live in Craiova. I notice as soon as I greet them and tell them my intention, most of them immediately say, “I don’t want to change my religion.” Then I tell them that my intention is not to convince them to change their religion, but to tell them the truth about Jesus – that anyone can be saved by believing in Him (Ephesians 2:8, Acts 2:21). I have learned that small gestures (encouragement, respecting personal convictions, offering a cup of coffee) help people relax and be open for a discussion when I can share the Gospel. So the chances for the seed to grow are greater. Even if I offer a lot of Christian literature, talk to people but don’t see results, I am not discouraged because I know that God will bring the planted seeds to life one day. At His right time!
Even though there is little fruit, Jesus put the desire to study the Bible in Adrian’s heart. He is interested to know more about forgiveness of sins and how he can be born again. He has called me many times, asking to meet for a cup of coffee to talk more about what is bothering him. He hasn’t had an easy life and people have hurt him repeatedly. I have often encouraged him and challenged him to trust the Lord’s promises which bring hope and a new perspective for life.
I also continue to meet the social needs of some overlooked people. They need material, emotional and spiritual support. I have gone to the train station a few times to give food and shoes to people; I traveled to villages around Craiova to take clothes and food to poor families. Although I was tired when involved helping others, Jesus blessed me and refreshed my spirit. He opened my eyes to see the joy of children receiving toys, clothes or food. I was glad that Jesus used me in the lives of those people and children. The Bible encourages me to do this work: “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” (James 1:27).
that Jesus would bring more people to new life and for them to be integrated into the church.
that Jesus would change Adrian’s life.
that Jesus would protect the homeless, orphans and widows.
that Jesus would give me health, wisdom in ministry, patience in trials, perseverance in sharing the Gospel where it has not been preached.