In Rochester, MN, I have been working with the Saudi Arabian community and have had a number of people reach out to me for help. Recently, I received a call from a Saudi family who said they needed help with translation at the dentist. I have accompanied this family to the Mayo Clinic before to help them in the international patient department, so I agreed to help them with translation again. I helped the family make dentist appointments and accompanied them to some of their appointments. Whenever I can’t make it to an appointment, they call me from the office and I translate over the phone.
We have also begun to meet with them as friends. My wife, Mariam, now has a very good relationship with the mother and her daughter and has started meeting them at the mall. The mother has also introduced Mariam to other women from Saudi Arabia. I was able to take their son with me to a Lenten service at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Though he couldn’t stay for the whole service, I give him a tour of the church, and he asked some questions about the cross and alter. It was first time in his entire life to be in a church.
By serving them in this simple way, God is creating new opportunities for us to learn of their needs (specifically their spiritual and emotional needs) and begin to share the Gospel. This family has started asking questions about what makes us different from others, and I tell them it is Christ living in us. I am excited to see how God will continue to reach this family through us.
-Missionary John Gayed, Minnesota