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Seek and You Will Find

As we pushed open the door and stepped inside, we greeted the woman who sat alone in the cramped shop. She was perched on a swivel chair in the window, her presence beckoning passing men to come inside. It was a hot day and she told us to sit on the sofa under the air-conditioning. “It has been so long since we have seen you!” my teammate said in the local language. She nodded her head and said she had returned to her hometown for a little while. The boss heard our voices from the back, pulled open the curtain and stepped into the front of the shop. My teammate and I knew him well and in the past had some good conversations with him, yet he remained adamantly uninterested in believing. The boss began to ask us about school and the usual question of whether or not we had a boyfriend. “You really should look for a boyfriend here, then you could just live here forever.” The lady laughed and agreed. “Don’t you want a boyfriend?” 

My teammate and I began to share with them about how we knew that if God desired for us to be married, He would provide the right person in His timing. We shared with them that the most important thing in our lives was not marriage. The boss laughed and asked what it was. I shared with them that because we know Jesus and what He has done for us on the cross, we want to honor Him with our lives. Our desire is that He would be glorified and therefore we want to share the Gospel with the people that we meet. We know that God wants to save them as well. God has delivered us from death and we want others to know that He offers this great gift to them as well! The boss remarked that He did not believe this and after talking a bit longer left the room. 

The woman told us that she was not sure how she could know God. “What do I do if I want to believe this?” My teammate told her that she could simply pray to God, telling Him she wants to believe by admitting she is a sinner, acknowledging what Jesus did on the cross, and asking Him to forgive her of her sins and give her new life in Him. She was quiet for a little while, thinking about what we had just said. She said that she did not know a lot about God and did not have enough culture or education to believe in Him. We were able to share with her that when Jesus was on earth, He pursued all people, especially people who were not “cultured”; in fact, Jesus Himself would not have been considered “cultured” at that time! She was surprised, but changed the subject. After talking for a little while longer, we told her that we knew God loved her and we would continue to pray for her. We said goodbye and told her that we would come back soon. 

Please continue to lift up this red light shop and so many like it on that street and throughout this city. Ask that these men and women would “seek Him and find Him when they seek Him with all their hearts.” Ask that the Gospel would break down cultural barriers and that the light of Christ would shine through! 

“For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD will name. You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. For you shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate…Indeed the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the world: ‘Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.’’ And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.” Hosea 62: 1-4, 11-12

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