When a teammate and I were out with a volunteer team a couple of months ago, we met Isaiah* via an evangelistic outreach ministry in our country. He is a Kurd from an unreached city with very few Christians.
At our first meeting, we only got to spend about 15 minutes with Isaiah. Since then, however, I have sent him videos and websites and talked about his questions via Whatsapp. He had not responded in a couple weeks, though. But, while driving through his city and not planning to stop, I decided to call him to see if he could meet. He did not answer, so we just kept going.
When we were about to arrive in our next city, Isaiah called and said he was free the next day. So, the next morning we drove back one hour in the other direction. At first, we could not reach him, but then he finally met us at a restaurant. We then learned that his phone does not get good reception in this city, and he was not ignoring calls.
After some informal visiting, we decided to move to a location where we could be more open. So, we went to a cafe and before we ordered, Isaiah said, “So, what did you want to talk with me about regarding the New Testament?”
For the next two hours, we read Scripture together, and Isaiah often understood correctly without much explanation needed. He asked good questions, such as, “Who is the Holy Spirit?” and what the cost would be to follow Jesus. He seemed to clearly grasp the gospel.
Eventually, Isaiah concluded that his questions were being answered, and he felt like he knew in his head but had yet to believe in his heart. Please pray for Isaiah to believe!
This young man is 18 years old, the youngest of seven children, and in a religious family. Thus, the pressure can be immense. He hopes to get into a school in a larger, more modern city next year – a city with many more believers than his hometown and the city in which we live!
We read Romans 3:20-26; John 14 and 16; Isaiah 53; Hebrews 9; and Mark 10. Two volunteers shared their testimonies, and we finished by praying for him. Praise God for this opportunity!
*NOTE: Names changed for security reasons.