Friday, February 25, 2013

Last day of the week. Already half of our time in Costa Rica has been gone. I feel the urgency to be more aggressive in sharing the Gospel. I am not here on vacation, but in a mission that God called me to. Many people sacrifice financially to make this trip possible. It was Rom. 10:14-,15 that motivated me in 1984 to leave those I love and go to Bénin, Africa. Now those same words still resonate in my heart, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if
they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? I have to tell the Gospel, because that is the only way they can be saved. We have to get back to the basic! It was encouraging to see all the young local people involved in the effort to reach out to the unsaved. Ticos (natives of Costa Rica like to be called by that name) are so friendly and warm. Still the same challenge in front of me; to do the first step to reach out to them. They will not come to me, I have to go. It is difficult to cross the border that the language barrier creates. I asked God to lead me to the right person, then I have to walk and meet them. I start the conversation with the little Spanish I have, then ery quickly tell them that was it. After that I offer them a Gospel tract explaining the Wordless Book. I am very comfortable with the Wordless Book to share the Gospel, I realized that it is only a tool, but it works well for me. Later that day I meet a man in his 30, he responded to me in a decent good English, that was helpful. He had a fairly extended knowledge of the Bible, yet presented himself as an agnostic Christian. I listen to him, then ask him a question similar to this one, “Does your lifestyle is pleasing God?” Shortly after I started to tell him the Gospel story of Christ dying for our sin, and our necessity to receive Him in our life. As I was ready to invite him to respond to God offer of salvation, he was called to present himself to the doctor’s office. I prayed and waited. When he came out of the doctor’s office, he seeks for me. I felt compelled to tell him, “Now that the doctor helps you physically, why not deal with the spiritual aspect.” Shock he said, “That is exactly what the doctor told me to do.” So we finish what was started earlier. What an amazing God we serve! At the end of the day I wanted to talk to Dr. Longworth and to tell him the rest of the story concerning the man that he encouraged to get is spiritual life in order. I finally was able to meet Dr. Longworth and tell him that this youg man prayed to received Jesus in his life. I could see a discrete but nice smile. I don’t need to tell you how happy I was going back to the Valley and at Supper time sharing what God has done.

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