“In the past, people have come to my door & tried to convert me to their religion. Each time, we would have long conversations during which I would ask many questions. Some of my questions they could answer, but others they would never answer. Sometimes they would return with their friends, but eventually they all gave up & stopped coming. None of them have ever been able to give me the answers to the questions I have…until now. You are answering them, and the answers make sense.”
This is what Hector, a neighbor, has told us since we began weekly Bible studies with him & his wife, Magda.
Hector & his wife are a couple from our neighborhood whom we first met when another neighbor’s home was burglarized. Since that time, we’ve been developing a relationship with this couple. David used Hector as a language helper during the time he was in Spanish study. We’ve shared coffee & conversations at both their house & ours. For a year & a half now we’ve tried to show them the Love of Christ through our words & deeds. Now, the time we’ve sown is beginning to reap results as we’ve started a Bible study with them.
Magda tells us that she trusted Christ as her Savior years ago, but admits that she knows very little about the Bible. When we offered to meet weekly for a Bible study she was very enthusiastic.
Hector, on the other hand, says he believes in God & the fact that Jesus Christ is His only Son. But, he has no real understanding of God’s plan for man’s salvation. For instance, he believes he’ll go to Heaven when he dies simply because he’s tried to live a good life, trusting that his good works will outweigh his bad.
Hector’s in his 70’s & has accumulated many years of skepticism about spiritual matters, leading to many questions. He’s been searching for answers, but has yet to find anyone who could answer them to his satisfaction. When we offered to study God’s Word with him & find the answers to his questions, he agreed, saying that he wants to know the truth.
Pray that the Lord will open Hector’s understanding as we study through the Bible. We’ve begun in Genesis so that we may build a proper foundation of understanding who God is, how sin entered the world & affects us all, that man is totally separated from God & is totally incapable of paying his own sin debt, who Jesus is, what He did for us on the cross, & why we must place our trust in Him alone for the payment of our sins.
Pray, too, that this same foundational study will build Magda’s faith & strengthen her walk with Christ.
David & Sherri