Story Shorts – Dec 21

If I Can See Jesus

A university student writes asking for special prayer for a friend. “I’ve been studying the Bible with a friend who told me, ‘If I can see Jesus in a dream inviting me to follow Him, I will know He is by my side and I would have the courage to stand against the world for Jesus.’ Please pray that God will make Himself known to her.” We can also pray He will show what He is like through those around her, including her classmate who is asking for prayer!

Learning to Be Open

A MENA pastor tells about a visit he made recently to a local university: “The professor I needed to talk to was teaching a class and asked me to wait until the break. I didn’t know when the break was, so I approached a student on the patio. After he told me, he asked if I was a student there. At one point in my experience I would’ve hesitated, but I’ve learned to be open. It usually becomes the key for more conversation! ‘No,’ I told him, ‘I’m a pastor.’ As soon as he knew I was a Christian, he began asking all kinds of questions about the Bible, Jesus, the Christian faith. I couldn’t answer everything all at once, so right there we exchanged phone numbers and made plans to meet again to have enough time to discuss my faith. Pray for him and for others I am working with at all levels of interest and understanding.”

Breathing Free

Breathe Free 2 was Amal’s first contact with Adventist Christians. Her smoking habit had gripped her; for weeks she faced serious temptation to give in. But every day she received a spiritual message on her phone from the Breathe Free 2 team. Just recently Amal shared, “Every day I would come home facing horrific temptation to smoke. Many times, at the hardest moments, I would sit down wanting to smoke so bad, but the daily text message the Breathe Free team sent would come right then and give me the strength to remain smoke free.” Soon after her own struggle, she became a regular translator for the Breath Free 2 program and was later baptized. She is now training to facilitate Breathe Free 2 programs to help others quit smoking.

Music, Technology, and the Spirit

One outreach plan uses many different talents–musical training, technology, and the spiritual understanding to reach hearts. The outreach, called The Yakoudouni Project, puts carefully selected biblical reflections into an audiovisual that uses the local language. It’s all done in a home studio with the help of friends who know the language and understand the culture. The team requests prayer that God will show them the most effective way to get that message across to those who are seeking the truth in Jesus Christ.