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Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Love of a Child

Last Sunday in Awana a young Asian girl prayed giving her life to Jesus. Although I had the honor and privilege of explaining the gospel to her and praying with her, it wasn't me that led her there.

Three weeks ago she came to Awana with her aunt who attends Friendship International, our ministry in which English is taught. Foreign language speakers come to El Camino to practice English, and are introduced to Jesus and God's Word in the process.

This young lady told me her friend at school told her that the god she worshiped wasn't real, that she needed to know the real God, and Jesus, His Son. I shared the gospel with her that week. Between having a slight language barrier and being introduced to all new concepts, she didn't quite understand, but was intrigued.

She returned to Awana two weeks later with her Awana book and the Bible we gave her, packed securely in a tote bag she had at home. This time we watched The Jesus Film together. She asked really good questions. At the end, she asked if she would go to Heaven and be with Jesus if she believed in her god. I explained that she needed to believe in Jesus, God the Son, who died to pay for her sins, in order to go to heaven. She said her mom told her she couldn't believe in Jesus, but that she does. That evening she gave her life to Him.

God tells us to love the Lord our God will all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). A little girl at school told her Asian friend about Jesus because she loves Jesus and loves her friend. That sent her friend searching for Truth.

Do we love our friends enough to tell them the Truth? They have everything to gain, and nothing to lose. Lord, please overflow us with your love so that the eternal destiny of our friends will mean more to us than the the fear we might offend them. Please give us boldness to share You faithfully, clearly, and with great joy!

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