I met with Anas and Mathias on Friday mornings to talk about what it means to follow Jesus and help others do the same. We talked about sharing the good news of Jesus, so one week I presented the idea of a Treasure Hunt. We would pray for God to show us Treasures: people with whom we could share the gospel and pray!
After a time of listening to God, we sensed God leading us to a restaurant called Le Corneille, where I had been many times.
After enjoying lunch, we waved down the waitress and told her what we were doing. We asked her if she knew God and if we could pray for her. She shared very briefly of her Christian upbringing, and kindly said that she did not need prayer for anything. But she told us that she would get the owner.
When the owner came by our table, we shared our purpose: “We are Christians, and we asked God this morning if He wanted us to speak with anyone and pray with them. We are wondering if you know Jesus and if we can pray for you.”
He thought a moment, and then joined us at our table and began to share his story! He grew up in the church and was active serving as a young boy. The past few years he has distanced himself from God because a few members of his family have died from the same degenerative disease. Now, as an agnostic, he is not sure if there is life after death and is making the most of today.
Mathias, Anas, and I listened intently. We were grateful for this vulnerable conversation!
We shared about God’s love and the gospel and asked if we could pray for him right there. He grabbed Mathias’ and Anas’ hands, and I could not believe my eyes. We all joined hands and we prayed and blessed him. Then he generously offered us something from the kitchen, but we’d already had our fill—more than enough!
Since that time with God’s Treasure, the restaurant owner, we have continued to connect. Recently he shared that his brother died and this has caused him to ask many questions. I don’t know what the next step is for him, but I do know that we will continue to pray for him and build a relationship pointing toward hope and Jesus.
Pray for God to show you opportunities to share the eternal treasure of the gospel with those in your path.