Featuring: Madison M. + Josh F. Cru Breakthrough STINT Team Middle East Missionaries
Written By: Susie Richardson, Cru Senior Writer
Can six young singles, fresh from college, break through the darkness of a people steeped in Islamic beliefs?
It was just over five months ago that our Northeast Stint Team nestled themselves in a land of minarets and prayer rugs. Since that time they have been acculturating, learning the language, and making friends - all amazingly well, though it’s been far from easy. The three women on the team befriended “Tabitha,” who eventually invited these Stinters to share dinner one evening with her and her roommates.
There they were, seven young women, laughing together, enjoying native cuisine, and interacting about their core beliefs. “We were able to address many Islamic concerns about Christianity,” Madison reports. As the evening progressed, flickers of light momentarily broke through the darkness, especially as Julia related her encounter with Jesus to their four hosts.
Yet darkness seemed to prevail. “Tabitha brought up the standard lies about the Bible being changed before the Koran was written, causing the contradictions, along with the idiocy of a God who died.” The Stint women left the evening daunted by the darkness, yet trusting that Light to continue to shine through to the hearts of these four young women.
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On another occasion, Stint Team Leader, Josh, wearied by many things, made his nightly escape to a park to pray, but soon found himself in conversation with a man who, when he discovered Josh was a Christian, kept telling him, “Jesus has been speaking to me and all I can think about is Jesus ... I want to learn about Jesus.” In vain, Josh searched his backpack for his Bible in the man’s language. “I just began to say all I could with my weak language ability, ‘Jesus loves you, He sees and knows you, He died for your sins.’” Josh then showed the man a small church down the road, and gave him his name and phone number. The man insisted on buying Josh a cup of tea, during which Josh again searched his backpack, this time finding the Bible and giving it to his new friend.
Imagine Josh’s delight when he received a call from the small church two days later. The man he had sent their way was there, interacting with local believers ... learning about Jesus!
As these young Stinters walk with God through all kinds of barriers -- being received into homes, finding words to tell of Jesus in a new language-- we rejoice and ask God to raise up more Cru graduates who will prayerfully consider investing a year or two with Stint. There’s no denying - God’s light shining from the hearts of a Stint Team can do a lot to break through the darkness.
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