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Saturday, September 18, 2010
David & Steve - The Island 4
Today was nothing short of amazing. Yes, we did spend the day on the southern end of this tropical island on a beach. Yes, it was absolutely beautiful. Yes, we got in a little snorkelling. But well beyond the excitement of any those things the best part was that we were able to spend the day with a 19-year-old young man who recently gave his life to Jesus. Consider that this is in an environment where 99.9 % of the island is Muslim. (For the sake of safety I cannot list his name.)This young man has a sweet spirit about him in spite of the fact that he comes from a very troubled background. He is also very bright. In addition to his own language he speaks fluent French and some English. (This was a huge blessing considering Steve and I are mono-lingual!) JTo watch Rob and Amy share with and disciple this young man was truly a blessing. Rob has given him a study Bible and today he gave him a copy of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. He told us that he has been reading from the gospel of John lately. Rob had previously told me that this young man had been devouring the Word and asking all kinds of questions.Pray for him. Rob has shared with him the potential danger he may face because of his decision to follow Christ... So he has not walked into this blindly. But at the same time he has no idea what he will face in the future. We have no frame of reference.As we sat on the beach in the midst of this conversation I had a bit of an epiphany. As your read the New Testament many times you see ministry taking place in small or one on one settings: Jesus with the woman at the well, Philip with the Ethiopian Eunich, Paul and Luke with Lydia, Paul and Silas with the Philippian jailer. In fact, true discipleship hardly ever happened in large gatherings with some dude standing in front of everyone preaching. It happened, and still happens, in relationship.We drove back over the winding roads to the home village of our new friend and we stopped at his house. He took us up the path and showed us the small mudbrick house that he lives in. And standing in the middle of that room, Rob, Steve, and myself placed our hands on our Christian brother and prayed for him. I would say that is a pretty good day.