Story Shorts – May 22

My Answer Was His Miracle

As long as I can remember I had questions about God. Who is He? Why did He create me? Is He able to do something for me in this life? I was raised in a very religious home, but no one seemed willing to consider my questions. As a young adult I realized I couldn’t embrace my parents’ faith. I was looking for a personal God.

I began following a local Christian Facebook page. I realized some of my questions actually had answers! I got the courage to leave a message asking for a Bible. To my amazement, someone responded immediately, he arranged to bring me a Bible, and he offered to be in touch. We began talking by phone.  I asked many questions, and I learned many new things about God. I also discovered a group of friends who respected my search and welcomed me into their online group. One day the pastor suggested we study the Bible together to find out more about Jesus. I discovered answers to questions I’d never known to ask.

But praise the Lord! Last year, when we could finally worship together after covid, I was baptized! My family does not accept that I am a Christian, so I have met persecution. But the Lord has given me strength to stay who I am: I am a follower of Jesus. I am keeping the Sabbath. I am able to worship with other believers.  God has changed my life. I am His miracle!

God, Please Show Us

Miray, the nine-month-old daughter of a Kurdish family I study with each week, was not well. The doctors couldn’t understand why she had a constant fever, wasn’t growing normally, and was slow in her motor skills. They said she would never walk. So we prayed for her faithfully every week. We also obtained the special milk and medicines she needed, which were very hard to secure due to the country’s economic situation.  However, every doctor and exam ended without hope. But we kept praying!

Almost a year later, as we were praying together, Miray’s mother said in her heart, “Before taking her to another costly exam, God, please show us if these are necessary. If she stands on her own while we are praying, may it be a sign that we do not need to continue testing and wondering.” As we were praying, Miray not only stood up, but she took several steps!

Today Miray is two years old and a testimony of God’s healing power: Her fever is gone. She is growing and walking everywhere. The doctors say she is doing so well that she only needs to return for a heart checkup once a year!