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Pray and They will Come- November, 2018

November, 2018

It seemed like the most natural conversation I had ever witnessed. A small group of Middle Eastern men were talking over plastic plates full of french fries. Snacking, laughing, listening intently. The scene was taking place directly across from the entrance to the Moria refugee camp. Two of the men were Muslim but they happily engaged in a conversation about Jesus. The Arabic Christian evangelists were enjoying the food and the company. I was a quiet, amazed, listening participant.

I wasn’t listening to the Arabic conversation, which was way too fast for my tiny Arabic vocabulary. I was listening to that small voice in my heart which was saying, “Pay close attention, because this is how it’s done.” When I got back in the car with the evangelists, they said, “We could do more of this, but we don’t have the money to come.” While giving them my best “concerned look” I was thinking, “Why are you telling me? I don’t have money to bring y’all here.”

As the weeks went by, God wouldn’t let me forget what I saw and heard from the evangelists. I knew that God wanted me to help bring evangelists to Moria, but I felt like Gideon from the book of Judges. “The Lord looked at him and said, ‘Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?’ Gideon answered, ‘Oh Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold my family is least in Manasseh and I am the youngest in my fathers house.’” I understood Gideon completely. Sandy and I are just two ordinary people from a little farm on a dead end country road in the smallest county in NC. I didn’t even know where to begin raising funds for such a project. I had NO experience with this sort of thing. I kept thinking, “God, you’ve got the wrong guy for this plan.” Still, the certainty that God wanted me to do something about this wouldn’t go away. I mentioned my burden to a friend who said, “I can help!” He introduced me to people who look for where God is at work and how they can support the work. Praise God, I now have funding to cover transportation, lodging, meals, and incidentals for evangelists to come for several days each month for the next year! God used Calvary Church in Grand Rapids to demonstrate the truth of Jeremiah 33:3 to me. ”Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (NKJV)



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