Monthly Archives: June 2017

Ramadan story #3

This week I was able to finally meet for the first time a young man who I’ve been calling for a few weeks.

A quick footnote. You remember just a few weeks ago I posted a video about guys not calling back and some guys going MIA?? Well, although that still happens I truly have seen your prayers at work, because most recently I have more guys answering their phones and meeting up. PTL.

Back to this past week. I was able to meet a 28 yr old guy we can call Abe. Abe used to be a sniper in the military. His dad is an imam.  And he lives in a very conservative town south of the capital.

As we met and talked and got to know each other a bit he began to talk about some random topics (this is not uncommon). But then he began telling me how many Christians have converted to his faith and he started listing Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, etc, etc, etc…

I let him finish then I said, “listen Abe, let’s not talk about those guys. You and I will never talk to any of them.” Then I asked him, “Abe, forget about all those other people, what is your goal? Where are you headed in your faith?” Then with a very surprising response Abe replies, “I want to become a believer.” Then I asked, “Can you tell me how you have come to this conclusion?” His reply, “You will have wait until the next time we meet.”

It’s usually my job to try to set up a second meeting, but this son of an imam set up his own second apt. He also says he wants to bring his girlfriend because she is also interested.

Abe’s story is obviously long from complete. And only God knows what he has on his heart. But PTL that all of us get to have at least a small part of what God is doing. Maybe God will use Abe to start a great work in his town. 

I love my job. I get to meet and follow up with guys like Abe. I seriously couldn’t imagine God having me in a better place. But you all encourage, pray and support us. You read our blog and pray for us. You obediently love and share the faith to people who are curious in the US and around the world. So this makes all of us involved in Abe’s journey and all the other’s whom God is drawing.

Friends, these are exciting times. Let’s remain faithful and stay the course. Prayer is our primary work!!

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We made it! 

As Stevie has been updating away about the amazing God stories, the kids and I have been trudging away through the end of a school year. I have to admit the past few weeks I’ve come home exhausted and grumpy almost everyday. BUT…. today is the day! Last day of school!!!!

We officially made it to summertime! Here are a few pics of our last week at school.

This teacher is ready to revive herself this summer and start again in the fall. 

Winner of the spelling bee

Spelling bee judges

Olympic day sumo wrestling

Huge rainstorm that flooded the streets and washed everything clean! 

He looks how I feel


Round two of bunnies! Alive and well!!!
Ella’s last day of Arabic class!

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Ramadan story #2

So tonight, as I sat down to call a bunch of guys to set up meetings to deliver a book or meet to follow up, I received this message from our Facebook admin people:

عسلامة 😄

عندي خبر مزيان 

انا قررت نقبل المسيح في حياتي و نؤمن انو يسوع فداني على الصليب بش يغفرلي خطاياي 😃

اما تو شنوة الخطوة الجاية?

Translation:

He sent a message saying that he accepted The Son and that he believes that The Son gave him salvation on the cross to forgive his sins. what s the next step?

This guy is in his last year of HS. He hasn’t been able to meet me because he is studying hard for his college entrance exams.

To catch you up on this guy… we can call him MJ… he is in HS, his best friend’s mom is a believer and she gave him a book. His other best friend, Sam, is also interested in following The Son.

I have only met MJ twice. Once for about 10min to give his friend Sam a Book and another time to have coffee with him and his friend Sam. So the things happening in his life are nearly 100% driven by the HS. I’ve been sitting waiting for his tests to be over because he said we can meet after his exams. 

Here’s my point. The Father and His Spirit are drawing this kid without much assistance from anywhere else. Somewhere I have heard it said, “if you seek me you will find me if you seek me with all your heart.” We now have MORE evidence that these words are true!!

Raise your hand if you think these stories are made up!

Raise your hand if you sometimes struggle believing The Father is active in this world.

Raise your hand if you are re-encouraged to believe God is at work!

IT IS HAPPENING… in lives here, in lives everywhere, in your life.

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Ramadan story #1

I’m too excited to go directly to sleep right now. Too many good things to share at the moment. It’s 1:00am, I just got back from meeting with a new guy for the first time after chatting for an hour and giving him a Book and I realize I gotta catch you all up on what the Father has been doing as of late.

So this last Wednesday I met with a new Facebook contact for the first time. We will call him Peter. Peter is 58yrs old. When we met he starts right into the fact that last September he came to faith. Was soon dunked. Once he came to faith he began posting “faith” things on his Facebook page.

Well, immediately a young niece of his asked him about his Facebook posts and if he is a believer. She then goes on to tell him that she also has become a believer. 

Then a few weeks later another older niece who is 56yrs old also asked him what is up with his Facebook posts. She also asked him if he is a believer. Then she goes on to tell him she has been a believer for several years.

Since these events his older uncle has come to faith as well as someone else in his family. He is regularly involved in prayer mtgs and small groups. But he wants to know how to multiply himself into the lives of others.

We are meeting this week to discuss some strategy with him…

So there you go. There’s a Ramadan story for you. Aslan working in the lives of 5 people in the same family. And we thought stuff like this couldn’t happen. Or didn’t happen. The reality is… IT IS HAPPENING!

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