They come here needing to improve their English so that they might be able to carry on a conversation in English. In most cases they can read and write in English but need help and practice to be able to communicate better in the international business world (in English). They come to us (we don’t have to get a passport, travel thousands of miles, and we get to eat the food we’re use to and sleep in our own bed) to be friends and learn much of the Bible. Some come for 6 months, 1 year, 2 years or more and they want to be friend with us and learn our culture and many want to learn what is in the Bible. They have a growing hunger to know what Christianity is all about. God does His work and some make the decision to commit their lives to following Jesus.
Now the challenge begins. What do you do with someone who has just become a Christian and they will be leaving to go back to their country where they may not have contact with another Christian. What happens when a couple have become a Christian and they have had two babies in the United States and when they return to their home country they will be severely fined and he will loose his job as a professor? What if they are from another faith where their family will reject them and even go to the point of murdering them. Hard questions but this is what is happening.
God is bringing them to us and now we have to trust them back to him. We have contact by email and sometimes by international phone calls but it becomes quite difficult to disciple them by email. One college professor became a Christian with Frank, spend many hours studying the Bible together, returned to his country. Frank suggested that he needed to find another Christian in his country or find a church were he could continue to grow in his faith. He said to Frank, “I have a Bible and you told me that when I became a Christian that God the Holy Spirit came to live in me and to help me understand the Bible. I have all I need to grow.”
I learned from him that this is truly the ministry of God and that He that drew them to Himself can also help each of these to grow. With some, he will bring them to those who will help them grow and the others we will trust the Holy Spirit with their growth.
These would be our greatest prayer requests: That those who have yet to decide to follow Jesus would do so. That those who have become Christians would be able to grow in their faith. That God would give us wisdom to do what we do by email and in countries where emails are searched and Jesus is not welcome protect our messages. As our partners will you join us in prayer concerning these challenges?
Thank you for praying,
Frank & Ruth