Last month, I decided to take up a challenge from our Bishop to share the Word of God as I traveled to a nearby East African country for a work assignment. I was inspired by his sermon and testimony last month shared below.
So on the first flight trip from Nairobi, I sought strategy from the Holy Spirit on when and how to approach the young gentleman next to me. He was a Tanzanian national who had been away from home for over 3 years undertaking his studies in one of the Asian countries. And so after I told him the purpose of my travel, I paused for a while as I read the Kenya Airways magazine, Msafiri, I decided to take the conversation a step further. So I inquired if there was an opportunity for him to attend church on Sundays given the cultural/religious difference in the foreign country. He confessed that there was one available near him and he did attend. He was not born again but he shared that his mother always mentioned the need for him to do so and use his singing talent for the Kingdom of God. We continued to talk a bit more on character and holy living. He kept on asking why a young girl like me was so passionate about “church things” and we concluded it is more about the willingness to open up to the Holy Spirit and not about age. We talked more about not just attending church but accepting Christ in one’s life to be the guide in all that we do. I am glad that a seed was planted in him to rethink his life and his future according to God’s will. Every time I remember this conversation, I pray that the seed in him will be protected from the evil one and it will one day grow! I wish him all the best as he desires to start his own business.
On the trip back to Nairobi, I sat next to a gentleman from the United States who was in the company of his parents visiting East Africa for a holiday. I first noticed he had an insect bite on his neck most probably from his adventure. Contrary to the previous one, it was a bit difficult to find a place to spark a conversation with him and how much I kept on praying for an opportunity to open up. Lo and behold, when the flight attendants passed by to serve some snacks, we happened to order the same drink and this made this gentleman smile. Bingo!!! There was my chance. The conversation began with discussing his bite on the neck which was from a fly, I think the Narrow bee fly, in their adventure just as I had presumed. The profile of my neighbor was that of a young man who was once born again but moved backwards in his faith as doubt filled his mind of the authenticity of the Bible. He started reading other religious books searching which faith had the true God. At that time, he was dating a girl that seemed to have more faith in God than him and that was fine with him. And just as in the previous trip I had, a seed was planted for him to rethink his life and reconsider giving Jesus his life who can then answer all his questions and bring peace to his soul. He seemed to be aligned to the fact that Jesus is the true way but I could still see that wavering in him. Before long, the flight landed and that is when we actually got to introduce ourselves to each other and it was indeed a pleasure given the discussions we had!!
How do you know that God is alive and real? Do you believe that He is the one true God and all other gods are just works of men? What gives you that utmost deep assurance of your belief? Do you share him in your marketplace? As I write, I remember this song.
How do I know that my God is God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob? Well because He is God!! What if I was born in another culture and not a Christian upbringing, would I be born again right now? I choose not to look at the “What If?” questions. I will look at the reality of my life and it all points to the grace of God in my life. I have been saved by grace. Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
John 14:6 says:-
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 :-
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
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God bless and see you next week Friday!!
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