HeartCry university missionary, Ruxi Vandici, continues her ministry among the students in spite of her continued battle with Lyme disease. She discloses in her recent report, "This month I felt worse than usual, having less energy. So I was less involved in ministry than I would have liked. I am thankful that I can have meetings over the phone with people who are living far away or when I don't have enough energy for a meeting in person."
In spite of her weakness, she maintains optimism in the work of God. She shares:
The highlight of the month was starting the Bible study meetings with three teenage girls. I was greatly encouraged by their desire to study the Bible together! At the first meeting we studied about the greatest commandment, and what it means to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. We discussed how our love for Him grows when we get to know Him better, and I encouraged them to seek to know Christ better in the gospels. Then we shared how He has revealed Himself to us. It was a very encouraging time, especially as I am not used to working with teenagers, and their desire to learn and grow was so refreshing for me. May the Lord continue to use our meetings for His glory and for their growth in grace!
Another highlight was meeting with one of the girls I have been discipling over the last two years, whose roommate was converted after she had witnessed to her for about two years. This girl got baptized in the spring and she continues to grow in her faith and walk with God. As I mentioned in other reports, their other roommate was very impressed with the radical change she saw in this girl's life, the joy and hope she was now having. To my great joy, when I recently met with the girl, I disciple she gave me a very encouraging report about the new believer, and how the third roommate is now more open to read from the Bible with them and even pray or sometimes go to church. I am always amazed to see the power of the testimony of a new believer! May the Lord continue to work through these two believers and bring their roommate to Him!
Last month I was writing about the young woman who turned to God after wandering from Him for many years. She lives in another country now, but we try to keep in touch and I had a very encouraging phone call with her. She seems decided to follow the Lord closely and I encouraged her to spend time in the Word regularly. She shared with me some questions she had about some apparent disagreements between the gospels. These questions have troubled her and she had a hard time approaching the gospels. I had the opportunity to explain some of the things that have been troubling her. I hope we will be able to keep in touch as she also expressed this desire. May the Lord keep her on His path of faith and obedience to Him!
Probably my greatest joy is watching my friend I have been witnessing to for several years seeking God and coming closer to Him. It is so encouraging to see how she continues to read the Bible and I am amazed watching her mindset changing. Before we met she was not a religious person. Recently, I asked her when she changed her mind on some moral issues and she told me that this happened as she drew near to God. All these things are very encouraging, but I hope and pray that she will not stop short of knowing Christ as her only way of being accepted by the Father. May the Lord grant her repentance and saving faith in Christ!