“I’m not a Christian…yet”
Some days are just hard work for me in Mount Druitt as I prayer walk some of the poorest streets in Sydney and share the gospel with many people who are sick of religion. Every Sunday, I am joined by ‘JL’ (Jackson-Leigh) who treks down from his home in the Blue Mountains to our little townhouse in Mount Druitt. JL keeps me motivated and accountable to keep abundantly sharing the gospel with my neighbours as we prayer walk together.
One Sunday, whilst prayer walking some local shops, we walked into a guitar shop to check out some of the instruments. Before long we were talking to the owner of the shop, a small Chinese lady called Amanda (not her real name). After talking music, we started to share with Amanda that we were followers of Jesus and were visiting the shops to pray. She said “Oh I am not a Christian…yet”. We were fascinated by her comment and asked why she said “not…yet”. Amanda’s response was that her two sons are believers but not her.
We asked to pray for her and after we prayed for her business we asked if she was interested in finding out more about Jesus for herself. She said she didn’t have a Bible in her language, so over the next couple of weeks we were able to give Amanda a Chinese/English Bible and a copy of the Jesus film in Chinese to watch at home with her mother (also not a Christian…yet).
My wife Mindy has now connected with both Amanda and her mother in the shop and they are wanting to read the Bible going forward. Mindy has since found out that Amanda’s grandmother was a Christian. Amanda was very impacted at her grandmother’s Christian funeral.
Its not every day I come across an ‘Amanda’ in Mount Druitt. Someone who has already had many seeds planted in their life and someone who has people around her into which the gospel can multiply. It is days like these which are extra special because I am reminded that ‘the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few’ (Luke 10:2). Being one of Jesus’ workers is often hard work, especially in your own neighbourhood. But the work (for Him) is always worth it!
Andrew Pyman is a Praxeis leader based in West Sydney. He and his wife are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first home-made disciple (their baby) due very soon. Andrew and Mindy are passionate for Jesus during the week but on weekends Andrew is a passionate AFL Demon supporter.