On a short-term mission trip to Latin America Dave sat across from Jose … a quiet, timid man.
As Dave began sharing his testimony, Jose fixed his eyes on his visitor and listened intently to every word the missionary said. He knew his life was missing something, and Jose had a feeling this man’s visit would help fill the gap he felt deep in his soul.
In the middle of his story, Dave talked about Jesus—the Son of God—and how He changed his life. Dave explained that God made all people in His image, but that sin disrupted the relationship between the holy and perfect God and His sin-tainted creation.
A debt had to be paid to mend man’s relationship with their Maker, so in a great act of love God sent Jesus to die for the sins of all people. But Jesus didn’t stay in the grave … after three days He resurrected and fully paid the debt owed to God.
Jose contemplated this story and realized his inclinations about the missionary’s visit were true … Dave brought a message his heart needed to be whole.
In an instant Jose’s reserved nature resolved as he exclaimed, “I want Jesus in my heart today! I want to be different now.”
Jose prayed with the missionary to receive Jesus Christ as his Savior, attended church the next day, and now meets with other believers in his community for a Bible study.