Sunday, January 20
The Blessing of Communication (and a give-away)
“Oh! girl I met on Internet!”
Indeed, Sam was leaving for his country in a few days to meet “Tina” in person for the first time.
Two weeks later Sam returned- one very happy young man. He had met Tina on day one, proposed, and got married on day two. On day three they began the necessary paperwork to bring her to America, but he had to return to his classes without her.
Four months later Sam asked. “Mah, do you think your wife could teach my wife about the God?” Tina had arrived in America, had no friends here, spoke almost no English, and had loads of time. Sam brought his wife to campus one day where I met her and gave Tina her very first Bible.
On the day we were to meet for Bible study, Tina was quite late. Eventually she knocked on my door. I opened it to a beaming girl holding a pink gift bag with the Spanish words ‘Welcome Baby’ on the front, her Bible inside. “Hi, she said, I’m loose!” (Ahhh yes, the importance of communicating.) I brought her in and assured her that she had been lost and not loose.
Communicating love, genuine friendship, and God’s Truth to Tina was a great adventure. She requested two Bible studies each week in which we often used lots of body language, doodles, drawings, and pictures. My brain was mush each time she left, but I can’t begin to measure the laughter and joy we shared together. As her English improved, her hunger for God’s Word became greater and our communication richer. One day, Tina put her faith in Jesus Christ. She told me she believed God had arranged her marriage so that she would come to America and learn of Him. Several months later, after communicating God’s Word to her husband, Sam also became a believer. I wept buckets of tears when Sam and Tina sung a hymn together they had chosen to communicate what was in their heart to our church family- “ ’Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus”.
Sam, Tina, and their baby girl, Sharon, are now in their home country where it is difficult to communicate with them. Though we miss that part of our relationship greatly, we have great joy in knowing that we can catch up in eternity- with no language barrier, no censorship.
This blog is just one way we can communicate to you what God is doing in our lives and among our CBF family. It is a blessing to know you read it and pray for us.
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