Edwin’s Story

A few weeks ago, as I was on my way out to go soulwinning, I passed a vehicle on the side of the road.  The sun had already set and it was very dark out in the countryside where I was.  As I passed, I noticed that there was a spare tire, jack, and star wrench already set out by the car, and the man who owned the car standing by it.  “Looks like he’s got it under control” I told myself as I passed.  However, a few meters down the road the Holy Spirit began impressing on me to go back and check to see if he really was alright.

When I pulled up next to him, I asked if he had everything under control.  He was kind of surprised, and replied that he didn’t.  He had all the tools, but the spare tire was bad.  Not only was it flat, but there was a slash in it.  Also, the rim was the wrong size.  To make matters worse, he had left his cell phone at home!  He had been there for about a half an hour already, and was several kilometers away from both the town in one direction and his home in the other.  He definitely didn’t have things under control.  I offered to take him and his flat tire into town to see if we could get it fixed.  He was very grateful and off we went.

During the drive we spoke of his family and his work.  He is in his mid 20’s and has a wife and 2 small children.  After a few minutes I asked him ‘The Question’.  He replied that he was not sure, but would like to be.  I presented the Gospel to him as we drove down the road.  At the point where we ‘draw the net’, he replied that he did want to receive his forgiveness.  We pulled over and prayed.  How exciting to see someone turn their back on a dead religion of works, and accept Biblical salvation by grace.  Ironically, we were just about in front of the new church building at this time.  When I invited him to church, he asked “Where is it?”  “Right there,” I replied as we drove past.

IMG_20160825_212217That next Thursday, I went by his house to visit his family.  They live together in a dormitory-like housing with about 50 other families who work in that particular tomato field.  The houses have no running water or indoor restrooms.  The restrooms, showers, and sinks are grouped together in the center of the complex.  After a few moments getting to know them, I presented the Gospel.  They were more than happy to receive it!

Edwin's Family in ChurchLast Sunday, who walks through the doors of the church other than Edwin’s entire family.  They made the 5th set of nearly consecutive visitors that we have had.  After the service they told me that the would be returning regularly.  Praise the Lord that the same Gospel still works in the same way.

This reminds me of what Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Had I not stopped to help a total stranger, I would have never even meet him.  Now he and his family are saved and in church, and I know of where I can find 50 other families in need of the Savior!  I don’t know how your lives are, but if they are anything like mine, you will have opportunity to let your light shine through your good works.  Those who would have never listened to you before, will hang on your every word because of that light.  Happy Hunting!

P.S. – Please share any story that you may have with me in the comment section below.  Thanks for reading.

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