Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Out of the Flames

When I started studying the Bible with Michel a few years ago, I never imagined we would begin a house church with him and other workers at a local Chinese restaurant, and he never imagined the power of Christ to transform his family. At that time he worried a lot about one of his sisters, whose marriage was falling apart, who was against any church sharing the Gospel with her.
 
Her most memorable experience with church was years ago when she had relatives move in with her, a mother and a son with mental problems. On Sunday they decided to go to a church meeting and made the son go, though he didn't want to. He disappeared during the meeting and somehow made his way back and burned down Michele's house. She for a long time blamed God for having lost her house.
 
But God started working in her life, when she began to study the Bible with Carolyn Hagewood during her lunch break. Things started to change. Michele's mother, Ana, was baptized earlier this year. Michele quit her job to spend more time with her family, and she started using more of her free time to study the Bible.
 
She invited us to her house to teach a neighborhood Bible study, and Michele finally decided that it was time to give her life to Jesus. She was baptized for the remission of her sins.  Today she realizes that God was taking care of her this whole time - giving her a new house, bigger and better, and taking away her sins. Even Michele is amazed at the changes Christ has made in her life.

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