While I attended the 2018 OMS Illuminate Missions Conference in June, I spoke with numerous missionaries about their services on the field. One story was from an OMS missionary couple serving in Asia. J* and V* shared their story to show the power of God’s redeeming love for an 8-year-old girl.
J* told me about a ministry opportunity that her husband was a part of in Asia with a young girl who came to hear him speak in their session. The young 8-year-old girl felt the Holy Spirit’s presence in her heart and turned her life to Jesus that same day. When night came, she went to tell her grandfather of the Bible stories she heard and share the Gospel with him as well. According to J*, the grandfather loved the stories so much that he began to tell others about them.
As the weeks went on and as the young girl continued to attend the services from V*’s ministry, the grandfather continued to listen to the Gospel messages. One night, after hearing his granddaughter’s story from the service, he told her to invite V* to their home for a meal. He did, and the grandfather told the missionary that he wanted him to share with his friends the stories about Jesus. V* said he would need to come back another time, but the grandfather told him that his friends were already at the home waiting in another room.
V* was shocked to find more than 15 eager souls waiting for him to share the Gospel. That night, those patient and lost souls were changed forever as they all turned their hearts and lives to Christ! They all now attend the sessions of J* and V*.
*Names withheld for security reasons.
By Thaddaeus Ristow, Summer Communications Intern