Pointing to the words on the page of the Gospel of John, I heard a young mother read in Romanian “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…” I wish you could have been there with me. It really was amazing and like so many previous times when I heard it, I almost cried, but I focused on why we were there. You see, she had been told, “she could never understand about God because she did not have a theological degree and would become confused if she tried to read it.” I asked her, do you understand what it says? She looked up at me and said “yes I can read it, but I am not sure exactly”. That is exactly correct I told her. “You can read it—and God will help you understand it. That is why we are here, we will help you understand this, not just for yourself, but for you, your husband, and your three children.”
After visiting with her and her husband in their one room house, praying and then leaving them a food packet that our team had prepared, I started the journey back up the hill to our car on the muddy Moldovan back road on the edge of the village. As I was slipping and sliding along the barnyard trail I was praising God that we could bring His story to people who were desperate for hope and searching for answers to questions that life had left them wondering about.
At Global Signet Group our primary purpose is always about bringing hope to communities one life at a time. Like the model that Jesus used as he traveled from town to town and spent time with people. Not everyone was impacted by Jesus’ ministry, but they knew about it, and eventually they became part of the narrative that changed history. We believe that it continues today as we care for people’s tangible needs, share scripture with them, pray with them, and walk with them as truth begins to transform their lives.
Sometimes we see God do things quickly, other times it is slow prodding, but in any case we believe that transformation is a process and must be done in the context of a body of believers. Again, this is why we choose to use nationals that are connected to the communities and can continue to speak into their lives as they are transformed by grace.
Practically, that means we have to have resources that we can put in their hands, things like bibles, glasses, food packages, humanitarian aid, and even gifts for holidays. These material things allow us enter into relationships with people on a humanitarian level that allows our team to naturally talk about important issues—and eventually share Christ with them.
That is why three hours after slogging through the mud, delivering the balance of our food packets, and preparing to share in a midweek program at the church in the village, I began to pray again—three of the five families we had just visited had decided to visit the church! I was praying that God would draw them to himself as they heard the words of scripture, that the songs would be salve for their hearts, and that the congregation would be welcoming and not condemning. That is what the words of John 3:17 say that she read for the first time that day last month. As I helped her find where we were in the bible for the second time that day, I could not help but think about what they were thinking.
I imagined her two girls, standing beside her looking around, were similar to the young children of Jesus’ day in Israel, asking their parents about the strange things they were seeing and hearing about for the first time as they heard stories about how the lame walked, the blind received their sight, and dead people came back to life. These stories were unlike any they had heard about before and they were interested because their parents were interested.
I imagined it had been a very interesting day for that family, and I am confident after watching them listen to the message, seeing them interact with a teacher they knew, and watching the pastors wife embrace them, that they would be a part of the family very soon. I believe she was beginning to understand what she had read in John.
Will you join me in praying for them and for the believers that have committed to walk with them and answer their questions? Will you to partner with us as we provide resources so that many more will know Jesus?
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