The highlight of this past month was the conversion of a roommate of a girl I have been discipling for the last two years. As John says in his third epistle: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (verse 4). It has been amazing to see not only their own growth in grace, but also their wonderful witness to their colleagues and friends. One of the things we try to teach our students is how to share the gospel with their colleagues. This girl started witnessing to her roommate about two years ago. The Lord started to work in this girl’s heart last summer. She began to fervently read the Bible every evening, asking about everything she did not understand. She also attended some evangelistic meetings. In the fall, she started attending an Evangelical church. Throughout this time, she had such a hunger to read the Word, and no matter how tired she was in the evening, she kept reading. She would wrestle with the Word, often not understanding it and continueig to ask lots of questions. Then, about a month ago, a sudden change occured in her life. She shared with much joy that she had surrendered to Christ and that she desired to be baptized! This is a very big step in our Greek Orthodox culture, where adult baptism basically amounts to joining a cult! In only several weeks her life has completely transformed. She used to be very resentful against her parents, talking to them only twice a year, but now she is seeking to restore her relationship with them! When she understood that God forbids fornication, she felt deep sorrow for having sinned in this way. Then she erased all her pictures with immodest dress. Meanwhile, their other non-Christian roommate was watching her; she was so amazed by this incredible change and overflowing joy that she also started reading the Bible, hoping she would experience the same change in her life! I just love when non-Christians realize that there is a connection between our lives and the Bible we read! I praise the Lord for the miracle of the new birth in this girl, and I rejoice greatly to see another soul saved by Christ!
This past month I met several times with a non-Christian young woman with whom I have been sharing. The Lord gave me a wonderful opportunity to explain the gospel to her once again. She seems to seek the Lord, but she does not understand that salvation is only through Christ. She still believes she somehow needs to prepare herself by growing in spiritual things in order to be able to have this faith. I have been trying to explain to her what simple trust in Christ and His sacrifice in our place means. She always listens very carefully, and I am encouraged by any sign of seeking after God, like praying and reading the Bible. This friend has a baby, and she was very interested to hear an older believer’s perspective on raising children wisely; so I visited her with an older lady who shared about parenting. I was surprised to see how well my non-Christian friend received the advice from Proverbs, especially about the need of child discipline, when even many Christians lately refuse to discipline their children! They will continue to meet to talk about parenting; I pray that the Lord would use all this to work in her heart and bring her to Himself!
As I have shared before, we recently have been facing terrible heresies which are slowly creeping in. Many of the young people, especially those who are not well grounded in the Scriptures, are very vulnerable to this avalanche of false teachings. The “Oneness” heresy denies the Trinity and the deity of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Recently I talked to a girl who listened to their arguments and became confused over the doctrine of the Trinity, particularly whether the Holy Spirit is a distinct Person. I read with her through John 14, John 16, and other passages. The Bible warned us this would happen, but it is still shocking for me. May the Lord help us watch over ourselves and give us pastors and teachers who will faithfully and lovingly watch over their flock (Acts 20:28-30).
We thank the Lord for about twenty-five unbelievers who came to our evangelistic ski camp in the winter! Please pray for the Lord’s gracious work in their hearts to lead them to repentance and faith in Jesus.