God in His kindness has allowed us to continue serving him in the midst of a poor community, but one that is entrenched in idolatry. This month I had the opportunity to speak with a sociologist in his house in the district of Santiago de Surco. He told me that the majority of his work is against religion, and that he was an atheist and saw no need to deal with thoughts about God. He said that at this point in his life he based everything he believed on what he could experience and learn first-hand.
I asked him, “When did you begin to have this conviction about God and why?” I noticed that at the root of his convictions there was a lot of bitterness against his father. It was an opportunity to talk to him about the sinful nature of man. Little by little he stopped denying that the Bible was the standard of all justice, ethics, love etc. As we talked about his marriage that has obvious problems, I explained to him that even those problems are the direct result of sin and a disregard for the righteousness of God and a rejection of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
It was interesting. He began the conversation with a sly grin of self-sufficiency, but he ended the conversation with a look of concern. He did not express any repentance that day, but I am sure that what we spoke about with regard to God and his responsibility before Him will continue to be on his mind. Please join us in praying for him and his wife.