When Raivis returned home to Biksēre from the hospital, I was blessed for the first time with a good interpreter. I didn’t realize it at the time, but Raivis’ little brother and sister were at the camp along with their neighbour girl. Her brother wasn’t able to attend, but heard about the balloon dogs I made. He came over to our house hoping I’d make one for him.
An idea struck me. With Raivis interpreting, I could this as an opportunity to share the gospel. I took the empty balloon and explained how this like our life. We were empty. Blowing up the balloon, I said that when Jesus enters our lives, he fills us up. I twisted and form the balloon. But not only that, I explained, Jesus works with us to make something beautiful out of our lives.
When I finished my little demonstration, I told him about how Jesus loves us and died for us. I asked him if he would like to let Jesus into his heart. He said yes. We prayed and he accepted Jesus as his personal saviour.
It was the first time I ever had the privilege of introducing someone to Christ. The moment took my breath away. This seven year old boy met Jesus that day and I was blessed to participate in it. I believe that God’s Spirit will work in his life. I prayed that this boy would follow Christ and grow in his faith.
A few days later Raivis and I were invited to the home of a Christian woman to talk to her friend about God. What I learned afterward was that she’d just discovered she was pregnant and the father would not take responsibility for the baby. She was hurt and confused. If I’d known all that before hand, I’m certain to have lost my nerve. What could I possibly say to someone in such pain?
I went over the plan of salvation, telling her about how much God loved her and how He sent Jesus to willingly die to forgive her sins. When I was finished, she was speechless. She told me that what I said made sense and she didn’t know what to say.
She had never touched a Bible in her life. She learned that not only did this Bible describe her sin, but it also provided a way out. For the first time in her life she stood face to face with Jesus. With all her sin and guilt she looked at Jesus and saw love and forgiveness.
She accepted Jesus that night. A week later she brought a friend to hear about this Jesus who gave her peace.
We gave her a Bible of her own so she can grow as a follower of Jesus. Her life was not easy, but in Christ she had the strengthen and love to persevere.