Friday, April 08, 2011

Azra followed Jesus because she saw how Christians cared for her sister

Our acts on God's behalf ought to be so out of the ordinary that people take notice. Such was certainly case with a young Muslim woman in South East Asia who we'll call "Azra". Several years ago Azra's sister underwent surgery and was cared for over a period of six months by Karen, one of our workers in that country. The woman later died of unrelated causes, and Karen and her family eventually moved away to another part of the country, unaware of any spiritual fruit from their time there.

But last year on a visit to the area where Karen had lived, one of her co-workers encountered Azra, the sister of the deceased woman, and discovered that she had come to faith in Jesus. When asked what had led to her conversion, Azra explained that her decision to follow Jesus was largely a result of what she had seen in Karen and her daughters when they had cared for her sister.

Oh the power of an act of God's kindness, displayed through one of His servants. This was certainly what Jesus had in mind when He said: "Let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." In a world where people are increasingly lonely, isolated, selfish, and in search of meaning, a simple smile and a word or act of kindness can stand out like an exquisite red rose on a colorless day.

(from a letter by Dale Losch, CrossWorld, March 2011)

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