|A generational map showing who I'm discipling|
This month I sat down with a young Bangladeshi man named K____ who wants to learn English. He speaks English fairly well, especially for someone who moved from Bangladesh only a few months ago. He wants to be able to get his GED and go on to study engineering in college, but right now, he is the sole provider for his mother and brother. He works long night shifts at a factory making plastic parts for cars and then studies English with me in the morning after his shift is over.
I explained to him that I want to teach him English so that he can have a better life here and provide for his family, but that I also wanted to help him learn how to be close to God. I told him my testimony, explaining that because God had been so good to me, I wanted to help others know His goodness. I told him that I would be using stories from the Bible to teach him English and he agreed. I gave him the Jesus Film, which he watched that week.
I took some time to pray for K____ the first day that I met him, and I as I prayed I was reminded of another Bangladeshi student I knew about four years ago. This student was much older, in his 70’s, but he was named K____ too (which is not a common name for Bangladeshis).
The first K____ I met was a sweet old man who had a great education and read voraciously. When I gave him the Bible in his own language he began reading it every day. He told me that he loved Jesus and that he knew that Jesus was “the heart of God.” I felt so sure that K____ would become a believer, and was encouraged that he was growing in faith. There were language barriers, I was new in ministry to Muslims, and I wasn’t always sure that we understood each other. But I knew that God was working in K____’s life. In the midst of studying with K____, he became very sick. I felt convinced that God would heal him, but had hardly seen anyone healed through my prayers. I prayed and prayed, but K____ passed away. Losing him was difficult. His death put me on a passionate pursuit for the power of God. Though K____ is gone, God heard my cry and led me into the miraculous in a way I never would have imagined. I have seen many people who would have otherwise died, healed by the power of God.
As I think back to the first K____ I met and who and where I was then and the K____ that I meet with now, I am struck by the grace and love of God. I strove to be faithful to God and to the people he had given me. In His grace and patience God taught me, molded me, and gave me greater fruit and impact in ministry.
Today I look at my ministry, and I am immensely blessed by what God has done. God’s work has grown in my life, and I look forward to greater and greater things as I continue to work and strive to be faithful with all He gives me. I know that those who are faithful with little will be set over much, and that God will multiply His kingdom as I am faithful to serve Him in every opportunity He gives me. The best is yet to come!
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