From Our Missionaries in the Middle East:
After a recent Persian language lesson, my tutor and I made our way downtown. As we walked to the bus stop, my tutor & I prayed, “Father, please help us to meet an Ir. that we can share the good news with, and give them a New Testament.”
On the bus, my tutor received a semi-alarming message from his friend. The message stated that tomorrow, the Immigration office will be holding a meeting for all Ir. refugees, in his city of residence. My tutor, who is also a refugee, said that this is the first time such a meeting has taken place since he arrived in country three years prior. I could sense the apprehension in his voice. Last week, his friend, also a refugee, was stopped and given a warning of a $1,200 fine if he was ever caught again with other refugee passengers in his vehicle. They have been seeing an increasing trend of refugees getting deported, and thought this meeting could be bad news.
We got off the bus and found a place to sit and pray about this upcoming meeting. We read Romans 8:28 together, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” We prayed and talked about the solid rock that he stands on in Christ, knowing that those that Christ has bought with His very own blood, he never forsakes. With heavy sighs, I could see this dear brother wrestle between faith and fear.
We stood, and I suggested we go grab a sundae from a nearby Burger King, located in the heart of the city, at the base of a bustling shopping mall. Sundaes in hand, we looked upon this ocean of people coming and going to the metro, in an out of stores, and a hundred more sitting on random benches and ledges, standing in small groups, or waiting to meet a friend. I spotted two open spots on a marble bench made for three. As we sat down, I noticed the young man inches to my left was speaking Persian on the phone! This was the man we had prayed to meet!
After he finished his call, we greeted him and began a delightful, divinely orchestrated conversation. We told him how happy we were to meet him and that we had prayed to meet him and give him a gift. He said that he had never heard much about Jesus before, but had been curious for a long time and wanted to know the right “path of life”. He said he believed in God, but didn’t know who He is/was. We read John 14:6 with him where Jesus states, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” His entire countenance light up when we gave him the New Testament, and he expressed great eagerness to finally read this book that he’d only heard about!
Continue to pray for God’s work in the Middle East and our missionary family there!