“I made an appeal I had never made at the door before!” exclaims Cwayita, a Bible instruction intern in Spokane, WA.
by Cwayita Ntsikeni
“If there is a God, He has a very sick sense of humor,” said a friendly guy whose countenance changed as he uttered these words.
While we visited at the door, I tried to find the reason for Mike’s* conclusion. He grew up in a home with great Christian parents. So what was wrong?
“Father’s Day without my dad was hard,” he sighed, “although I had a great time with my 13-year-old daughter.” His dad had died in a plane crash about a month before. He also cannot have biological children. He loves his adopted daughter dearly, but he’d love to have children by his wife. “How can God have me suffer like this?”
I asked him the key question in the survey, “If you had an opportunity, would you study the Bible more?” He looked at me for a moment. “I don’t think so. Not at this time.”
He clearly had a very negative perception of God. How do I appeal to this man? I pondered. I asked Jesus for help.
“Could I ask you a huge favor? Would you please give me a chance to share with you a different side of God?” He looked at me again with an inquiring face, mingled with a smile. He politely declined. “Not at this time. Maybe later.”
The Spirit would not allow me to let him go without extra effort. He was hurting and desperately needed hope. I appealed again, “Since you are a researcher and love to learn, please allow me to share with you another perspective about God.”
I prayed without ceasing in my heart. I sensed the battle between good and evil. My heart ached for this brother. We’d had a good conversation and had become friends by this time.
He thought about it again.“You know what, come back tomorrow, same time. We’ll sit out here and you can share your thoughts. I want to hear it.” I could not believe what I heard. I wanted to shout, Glory! Hallelujah! What a privilege to defend the character of God! I thanked him and left before he changed his mind.
I returned and had a great talk with Mike. We mainly discussed Creation and the authority of the Scriptures. He made it clear that I came at the right time. He wants to give religion a chance, but he has a lot of questions. He requested that we continue to meet when he has open evenings. Please pray for Mike and ask for wisdom for me as I work with him.