Monday, January 12, 2009

Meeting Anna

Before Christmas, Claire, Annie and I were out doing mission work near East Street, about a 15 minute walk from our house. We were mostly visiting people who we had already met; we were leaving for Christmas soon. A woman came to Claire's mind who we hadn't seen in a while; we were nearby so we headed toward her house.

As we walked down the street she lived on, another house caught my eye. I thought I might have met the people there a few months earlier and wanted to go back. It turns out it wasn't the same house I was thinking of but we decided to knock on the door anyway.

The door opened and three adults stood in the entry way. The woman of the house Anna, and her husband turned out to be Christians, Pentecostals in fact, and they were very excited to meet other Christians in the neighborhood who were baptized in the Spirit.

We were there for around a half an hour, sharing about the Lord with one another; Anna told us a little about how she had come to know the Lord, how he had saved her and many things he had done in her life. She mentioned to us that there were 10 people living in the house (5 adults and 5 children) and they were short on food.

Before we left, Anna, her husband and her daughter, and us three missionaries got in a circle and praised the Lord together; Anna said a mighty prayer over us, sending us out to bring people to Jesus and asking "Christ to keep us in his warmth." We asked the Lord to bless the household. We left with our faith built up, praising God.

It turned out that the woman Claire initially intended us to visit was not home; God had sent us to that street to meet Anna. As we walked away, I thought it must have been great for Anna to be able to give glory to God and share about the Lord's goodness with us. In my experience sharing with other people about what the Lord has done builds up your own faith and gets you excited about your friendship with God and his work in your life.

A few weeks later a few of us missionaries returned to the house. Everyone there was thrilled to see us and welcomed us in. We stayed for about an hour, talking about the Lord the whole time. Anna told us that after we left the first time we met her, a big bag of groceries arrived at their front door anonymously; Anna tearfully went on to describe how she experienced the Lord providing for her and her household; they were really short on food when the groceries showed up. She also said that since we all prayed together she's seen the Lord blessing them; including food stamps coming through and job opportunities for a member of their household. She said the Lord had used us to show her that "he still loves me, and he's with me, he will never abandon me." She explained she was having a really hard time before we showed up, but the Lord had showed his faithfulness to her through our visit.

Praise God, he allows us to be used for his great purposes! Anna thanked us for coming that first day and I thanked her for the witnessing to us. Thank you Lord for leading us to her house and for building us up!

1 comment:

Walt Seale said...

Thank you for sharing your stories. They encourage us very much.