CH July Trip Update #7: Road to Damascus
The journey we take in life (be it on the whole or on a daily basis) does not always turn out the way we plan. Granted, some of our intensions are realized but others are not. Thankfully, for those of us who are redeemed, we are not in control of the outcome.
As has been our pattern, the team went about its way – dividing and conquering. One group went deep into the countryside to fulfill a prearranged appointment, while the other group stayed in Joe City to fellowship and to let the Spirit direct the path. Traveling roughly three hours one way to a village, Jim’s team met with a family who had been visited with by two previous teams. This particular couple had prayed for their salvation back in June and we wanted to continue to develop that relationship. We spent time again going over the plan of salvation; and, with our interpreter’s help, a few questions were answered. One of our main goals was to provide them with copies of their own Scriptures and to outline for them key passages for future reading. While with this couple, neighbors and other family members looked on as our interpreter spoke. Who knows what will become of those seeds.
Walking throughout Joe City the other group encountered a group of blind men. Despite, not knowing exactly how the conversation would go, there was, nonetheless, divinely inspired intent to somehow weave into the discussion a presentation of the gospel. What more appropriate subject than Saul of Tarsus on his way to Damascus, being blinded and receiving redemption by the One whom he sought to persecute. It was a beautiful story that our team told these men and no doubt the story resonated with them. May their eyes be opened and may they, at the end of their journey, find peace and contentment in Him who met them on the road.
- For fresh energy as the team seeks to finish strong.
- For the family that has now interacted with three teams. Pray for others to engage in the future to see them plugged into a local church.
- For safe travel as the team begins to move.