When they showed up at the center, I met with them for 30 minutes and translated for him as Patricia shared the Word of God. He was very receptive and respectful of her as she was sharing. When we finished, he registered for English classes at the center. I offered him a ride home, since he does not have a car. I also wanted to spend more time with him so I could find out more about his life and his faith. On the drive to his house, I learned that he is here in the U.S. to assist his father, who has cancer and is receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic.
I invited him and his father to our upcoming potluck at the center. They came and invited two other Saudis to the potluck. I welcomed them and spent time talking to the guests. Some of the volunteers were able to connect with them as well. After the potluck, there was a time for prayer, but the four Saudi men left as soon as the prayer started. I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye, since things were quite busy at the potluck.
I called them two days later to see how they were doing, and we agreed to meet again. I asked them why they left the potluck so abruptly, and they said they left when we started to pray because they didn’t know the custom and wanted to show respect to our religion. They explained that the potluck was their first time being in a church and that they don’t know much about Christianity. So, we began a discussion about Christianity and Islam.
Because Christianity is not about who is right and wrong but about truth, I did not want to argue about which is right, Christianity or Islam. Instead, I focused the conversation on truth and asked them what it is and where it is found. The discussion revealed that we are all searching for the same thing: truth.
This opened up the door for me to share about Jesus Christ and how, as Christians, we have assurance of salvation because of Him. At the end of our conversation, the father and son asked me to visit a church with them because they were curious about what a Christian worship service is like. I agreed to join them for a Sunday service the following week.
It was very encouraging for me that I didn’t need to reach out and ask them to attend church. They were the ones who asked me to take them. I know that God is working in their hearts and pray that as I continue to meet with them and share the message of Salvation, God will open their hearts and reveal His truth to them.
-Missionary John Gayed, Minnesota