A few months ago we were introduced to Karina. She had been attending a church in Tacna, PERU, but livid in Arica, CHILE. She was so excited that we were going to be starting a church in Arica! She told us to let her know when we started so that she could attend. True to her word, she came to the Christmas service a few weeks ago. She also sand that she was interested in the discipleship course that we offer.
This last Wednesday we were finally able to line up the time and day and Josiah and I went to study step #1 – Salvation. Her sister, who has been a member of the church in Tacna, PERU, for 7 years, was visiting this day and was also excited to attend the class. We studied several aspects about salvation: what it is called, how you get it, and how long it lasts.
After finishing the study, I asked her to tell me about the time when she got saved. She answered that she has “received the Lord” about 2 years ago in a church in central Chile. That phrase caught my attention because it is generally what the evangelical churches use to describe the time that they dedicate themselves to obeying the Bible. Right then we put the conversation in reverse and I asked her ‘The Question’ to which she replied that she wasn’t sure if she would go to heaven. Right down the Roman’s Road we went and she accepted the free forgiveness that Jesus offers. At some point in the presentation of the Gospel, she told me that she had never understood that our forgiveness is completely free and without strings attached. She had always thought that one had to somehow do something to earn his forgiveness. This little book has helped me to understand that the only thing that I can do to get saved is accept what Jesus has already done for me. Thank you, she said, for taking the time to come and study with me. I’ll see you Sunday!