I think this is going to have to be part one of a two part blog because I witnessed a huge victory in “the work” this weekend. But in addition I have seen some “personal spiritual victory” as well. I’ll write about that another day soon.
But the part one victory is this. It’s gonna sound like a small deal. But it’s a huge deal.
In short form one of the guys I have written about (let’s call him Trevor) over the past nearly two years has taken a huge step. I first met him during Ramadan two years ago. After a couple months of first meeting him he facebooked me to tell me he believes. We continued to meet but he has never been one to move fast or in a clear way into spiritual transformation. In fact, at times he has told me that doubt has dominated his experience.
About a year ago right now he asked me to back off a bit. He needed some space. So I respected that. A few months later we met. He seemed to still have small traction in his faith journey. Then this last summer he Facebooked me to say he has decided to remain in the faith, never to turn back again.
But his journey has continued to move at a difficult pace. I have brought several other people with me to know Trevor, but he has not come himself to meet us. He waits for us to come to him.
Recently I have encouraged him over and over to come to the large local gathering on Saturday. He has always hesitated. But finally last week he met me to come with me. However, right before we walked into the door he hesitated. Fear, concern, the unknown all began to overwhelm him.
He asked me, “can I just meet you and come next week?”
I told him I’m not the one to force him to do anything, so it must come down to a choice he makes. But I suggested if he doesn’t come this week he may never come.
As it turned out, yesterday, he came downtown on his own, met another new believer, and came to the large national gathering. It is huge. He has jumped into the local body of believers and has taken a huge step of faith. And even better, the other new believer he met lives close to him and they plan to keep meeting up together.
PTL. A huge answer to many of our prayers. Thanks to all of you for fighting alongside of us and on behalf of these new and not-yet believers.
May He continue to open up the floodgates!