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Monday, September 20, 2010
David & Steve - The Island 7
We began the day with another great conversation over breakfast with Rob and Amy... all while enjoying some great coffee that Rob makes extra strong!The agenda today was to do a prayer walk through several of the villages on the island.We started out from the house and made our way through the village they live and work in.Rob would point out places of interest: Primary schools, Mosques, businesses, the house of a friend, etc.The people here are incredibly friendly so we found ourselves stopping often for quite a few conversations.So much was going through my head as we walked... praying for children playing in a stream, praying for friends that Rob has made, asking God to reveal the truth of His Son.We walked to another village and spoke with a friend of Robs who is a welder.Steve really hit it off with this guy because he has a little experience welding.It was great to see the two of them comparing techniques, even in spite of a language barrier, and then laughing about mistakes that can be made. We made our way to the school where Rob teaches English and met the director.(Again because of safety reasons I cannot list his name.)Rob has been spending a lot of time with this man.He has given him a book that compares Jesus to Mohammed, a copy of the New Testament in a language that he understands and a copy of the book of Luke in his native tongue.We walked to a nearby restaurant to have lunch with this man.Just after sitting down we made small talk for a minute.He then asked what Steve and I did for a living.When he found out that I am a teaching pastor at a church he made the comment that he has been reading about Jesus and reading his teachings.He quoted John 14:6 where Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.He went on to tell us that he is very interested in learning about Jesus and that he and Rob have been having some great talks about Jesus.I have to say when he said this I was smiling pretty big.It is obvious that this man is on a journey of seeking God and the truth of His Son.Please pray for him.And pray for Rob as he continues to share his faith. After lunch we came back to the house for a few minutes.One of Rob and Amys dearest friends had dropped by their house for a visit.We decided to invite him on our last prayer walk at a village to the south.(This friend is Muslim and had no idea what we were doing.I think he thought we were just going to look at another village.)It was great spending time with this man who is a farmer and who deeply cares for Rob and Amy and their children. We ended the day with a great supper back at the house and talked late into the night.Good fellowship.Tomorrow morning it is back to the capital of the island.We will meet some other friends in that city then Rob will take us to the airport and we are headed home.This has been a great trip.We are sad to go because we have made some really wonderful friends.In fact, Steve said over dinner that these friendships will last a lifetime... actually we are hoping for an eternity!Dave