From a worker in Africa
I had a nice conversation the other day with a Muslim-background believer about my age. When he was ten years old a very religious visitor showed up at his house out in the boondocks and stayed for three days. He said the visitor was SO BEAUTIFUL and only asked three questions, the first being, “Will you welcome me to your home?” The visitor just kept reading some book. When the visitor left it was as if his feet didn’t touch the ground on the horizon. They way my friend described the visitor it sounded like an angel, or Jesus Himself!
I was also pleased with a conversation I had with a leper friend. It’s quite possible she’s a true MBB. When I saw her coming to visit I grumbled as she can wear you out with her begging. I decided to try and cut the visit short so I could visit my Arab neighbors. But the Lord gave me compassion to listen to her woes and learn how her blind husband was attacked and stabbed one night while working as a guard at a shop. I abandoned my plans to visit my neighbors and took time to pray with her as she wanted.
Over the years I’ve often wondered if I should tell her that wearing charms is not what God is pleased with. But, I never took the time. Due to the effects of leprosy on her speech it’s sometimes painstaking to understand her. Anyway, I told her, “I will pray with you. But I need to tell you that I’m not sure God will hear our prayers if you continue to wear that charm around your neck.” I shared what God’s Word says. She tried to say the charms were meaningless, but I refuted her comment and said, “No. I know you paid money to buy them to protect you from sickness, troubles or whatever!” I stepped into the house for a moment. When I returned to pray with her, not only had she removed the charm from around her neck, but about nine others that had been concealed. Oh, that she went home and burned them. And oh, that Father gives her mercy and heals the huge hernia in her stomach.