One day on outreach my team split into pairs to walk around the busy streets of Newtown, Sydney doing evangelism. This was an opportunity for us to make friends, chat with them, and share the story of Jesus. My partner and I thought a good place to start would be in a busy park full of people. Once we got to the park, we began to pray about what our next steps would be. I suddenly thought of the phrases, “See how they live” and “Fill them with glory”. “Okay, God,” I thought. “What does that mean?”
But before He answered my question, I was overwhelmed by a feeling of incredible depression, sadness and feeling spiritually dead.
I was almost on the verge of tears. All I knew was that we needed to leave the park immediately. My partner felt like we should go to a specific plaza on the busy street, so off we went.
In the plaza, there was a vendor selling old cameras, irons and knick knacks. We went up to the man running the booth and he told us about what he was selling. While he was talking, my partner noticed he was wearing a cross necklace, and asked, “Are you a Christian?” The man wasn’t overly interested in answering the question, but he did share some of his beliefs with us, and he also spoke about his wife who was suffering from lung cancer, as well as many other health problems.
I asked if we could pray for her, so he walked us over to where she was sitting beside another woman. We then both prayed healing over her, and the woman next to her spoke up, asking if we could pray for her as well. She was also suffering from many different health problems, so we prayed over her too. The second woman then began to tell me about herself, while my partner talked to the street vendor’s wife. We each talked to the both of them for nearly an hour, when the woman I was talking to invited us over to her home to talk and to have some food.
“Go to a random woman’s house?” I thought. “No way!”
But my partner interjected with “Of course!”, so off we went. She welcomed us in with some homemade food, and told us about her life. Sharing with us that she had recently disowned her daughter because of a difference of beliefs, she solicited our opinions. “You guys believe differently than I do,” she asked. “What would you have done? Would you have forgiven her?” We began to tell her about how our God is a God of love and forgiveness, explaining how Jesus walked in forgiveness and invites us to do the same.
She smiled, and I could tell her heart began softening towards her daughter.
In that moment, I understood why earlier God had told me to “See how they live” and to “Fill them with glory”. That’s exactly what He led us to do. He gave me the feeling of sadness to show me how this woman was feeling. She felt consumed with sorrow. When she invited us into her home, we saw how she was living, and then as we told her about forgiveness and showed her love, God filled her with glory. Sometimes, the bits and pieces God shows us don’t make sense, but when the day is done, lives are changed.
by Sarah Warner & Amanda Ademe
YWAM Summer Classic DTS Students