This past week in science class I have been teaching the “Life Cycle.” If you can remember back to school, you will remember that the life cycle does not have a starting point. It is a circle. I used my wedding ring to illustrate that there is no beginning and no ending to the cycle. Birth does not start the life cycle, it merely continues the circle. Remember, life itself didn’t start with birth. Adam and Eve were created, not born. Maybe I have just blown your mind because you always thought life started with birth . . . I know it was mind blowing for some of my students.
The Christian Life Cycle is much the same, and here is an example. Today one of my fellow missionaries asked me if I had seen what “Luis” had posted on his Facebook wall a few days ago. I told her that I had not, but I would check it out. Now before I tell you what I found, let me give you a little background on Luis. He is one of the boys that has been coming to our Brownie Night ever since we started it more than 2 years ago. Luis also came over to my house every Sunday afternoon for about a year to learn English. During those English tutoring sessions, we spoke many times of Luis’ spiritual condition. He has told me many times that he knows his need for salvation, but just simply is not ready to give his life over to God.
Now Luis is a fluent English speaker, and he even got a job working at a call center for Redbox. In fact, he went to work for the call center, quit and got a different job in tourism, then quit that job, and got re-hired at Redbox. He has since quit again, and is currently unemployed. He says that he just isn’t happy with any of the jobs he has had, even though they have been very good jobs in this country. He just seems to be searching for something, but he is not finding it.
Which brings me back to his FB post. He said something to effect of . . . even though I have lots of friends and family, I am very lonely. Well, that made me very sad, but when I started reading the comments under his post, my heart jumped up and did a somersault, because of the comment of another on of our Brownie Night kids, named Geraldo. Geraldo was saved and baptized after being introduced to the church through Brownie Night, and is now being discipled and is growing in the Lord. He commented, “It is because you lack Christ in your life, you need Christ.” Folks, that is the way it is supposed to work! Geraldo was in Luis’ position not too long ago, but now Christ has worked a miracle in his life, and he is learning more and more about his Savior every day. Now Geraldo is in the growth and evangelism part of the Christian Life Cycle. Wouldn’t it be awesome if next year at this time, Luis is the one who is reaching out to one of his friends and telling them about their need for Christ?
Will you join me in praying for Luis to be saved? I have been praying for him specifically for over two years now. Will you help me surround the throne of God and plead for the salvation of Luis? I am praying that Geraldo can use their friendship to help Luis come to know Jesus on a personal level. The sad part is that there are more “Luises” than there are “Geraldos”. We have about 10-12 coming consistently to Brownie Night that we know for sure are not Christians and about 4-5 more that say they are Christians, but there is not a lot of fruit and evidence of salvation. Please pray with us that God will use us and people like Geraldo to be salt and light in their lives and that many would come to know Him as a result.