By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director
I shared this story as a part of my Thank You letter in December, I thought I had shared it earlier as a blog, but somehow it got missed. You will be encouraged.
December 7, 2020
We continue to do everything we can to minister as safely as possible, mask-to-mask J. There are many challenges to this, yet we also see and believe research affirming the value of children being in community (Hebrews 10:25). The Lord confirmed this in a very joyous way on Wednesday, December 2.
Two twin brothers, Marcus* and Micheal*, began attending Bible Adventure this fall. As third graders, this is the first year they were able to attend. They received Bibles on their first day there. They were so excited! Not only did they receive their first Bibles to own, but they were the first Bibles they had ever seen! As soon as they got home from school, they were excited to show their mother their new Bibles. It seemed as if their mother may have been just a little jealous, since she didn’t have one. It was the first one that she had ever seen also, but she wasn’t able to read it. Unlike her boys who are able to read English, the mother’s main language is Spanish.
The next week, a Bible Adventure volunteer heard the boys tell about their mother and quickly was able to get to the boys a Spanish translation. Their mother was ecstatic upon receiving it. The boys shared about their mother’s excitement and desire to read God‘s Word when they came back the following week.
Unfortunately, the boys’ school closed down for a week and the brothers were disappointed that they couldn’t attend Bible Adventure. Thankfully it re-opened so they could come back.
And then it happened. On the first Thursday in December the Gospel was shared at Bible Adventure. Marcus was very intrigued but didn’t fully understand what was shared. On the bus ride back to school he just “happened” to sit next to a volunteer who was able to explain the plan of salvation and answer his questions. And before Marcus arrived back at school he prayed, repenting of his sins and beginning a relationship with Jesus Christ! He was excited to go home and tell his mother.
This is another reason for the angels to rejoice this Christmas season! “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 5:10).
This story isn’t finished. Will you pray with me for Marcus’ brother and mother? I have a feeling it won’t be too long until they begin relationships with Jesus as well.
God is at work in many ways. I am so thankful.
*Not real names and students not represented in photo