We met Annette* in our local park and struck up a spiritual conversation with her and her four sons. It seemed like we kept on bumping into this Pakistani family around our neighborhood and soon we found ourselves being invited into her home for chai.
Being a muslim family, we talked about ‘Eid’ (a Muslim holiday celebrating the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son) over our chai. This opened an opportunity for us to share the story of Abraham with the family and pray for God (Allah) to give us faith like Abraham in the name of Jesus Christ.
Annette seemed rather unenthusiastic to pray together in her home. However after praying in Jesus’ name, her response was “Oh that was actually really good!”. We are hearing that God’s presence is often very strong when Muslim’s receive prayer in Jesus’ name.
Before leaving her home, Mindy and another female friend were offered ‘henna’ art on their hands by Annette. A sign of a friendship that we pray will turn into a long term discipleship relationship.
A story from Andrew & Mindy Pyman our New South Wales regional leaders. I (Vicki) have spent time with Andrew and Mindy prayer walking and sowing the gospel. I loved observing Andrew and his conversations with people that he meets. He shares about Jesus in every conversation, even from the most random beginning points (a can of WD40 was one starter!). We never know where these conversations will lead to and perhaps will lead to the person having an encounter with Jesus as happened with Annette. We don’t always see the outcome of our labours and what happens when we step out in faith about our faith but be encouraged to keep doing so.