In our ministry, we never know who we’ll meet or how God has been working in their lives. G’s testimony illustrates this point. G began coming to the Athens Refugee Center (ARC) last fall. He mostly kept to himself, but as the crowds continued to grow, G asked if there was anything he could do to help (I guess that it’s easy to see that we’re in over our heads here!). Not knowing G well at that point, we sat down for a get-to-know-you conversation.
G is from Iran, but near the boarder with Iraq. Because of the scarcity of work in Iran, G ventured into Iraq seeking work as a translator for the US Forces. G speaks great English, and easily secured a translating job. As G spent time with US servicemen, they began bonding. As is common in his culture, G was not actively religious, but loved discussing religion and theology. G heard the gospel for the first time and began asking more questions. At the same time, G saw the lives of those claiming to be Christians. G saw truth, but also grace, mercy, and love. This impacted G deeply and he began asking a chaplain about what it meant to follow Jesus. After many weeks of bible study, G placed his faith in Jesus and was baptized by the chaplain on the military base.
After two years translating for the military, G is now in Athens, seeking safety and a new home. Please pray for G – that this would be an opportunity for him to mature in his faith. Also, please pray for believers in the military and military chaplains – this is a unique opportunity to share Christ with the nations (many military bases have 100’s of “support staff” – cooks, translators, janitors, etc. – from across the globe).