One day, after I delivered food to their home, I spent time talking to Ahmad and listening to his story about how they had to flee from Iraq. After a while, our conversation was redirected towards the Bible and Christianity. I’m not entirely sure how we ended up switching topics, but I do know that the Holy Spirit led us to a more spiritual point of discussion. I was able to share the salvation message with him. Because he’s read the Bible before, he had a lot of questions, and I did my best to answer all of them.
Three weeks later, one of the volunteers from our International Friendship Center joined me as I met with Ahmad for about an hour. He had asked us to meet because he is trying to figure out his next steps professionally and wanted guidance from Americans, since he is new to the country. We gave him some suggestions, and while we chatted, the volunteer answered his questions from her Christian perspective. She also shared Bible verses to support her answers.
Because we have chosen to love and serve them, we are seeing big changes in our relationship and in them. They see how different their new Christian friends are from they way their fellow Muslims have treated them, and God is beginning to soften their hearts. Please pray for more opportunities to share the love of Jesus with them in the coming months.
-Missionary John Gayed, Minnesota