Here is a testimony from what God is doing in Sri Lanka, from our outreach team, written by one of our students, Caitlin.
We’ve visited about 10-15 households throughout our week in Mannar. At our fourth house visit
on Friday, we sat with a Hindu mother, her kids, and her Christian parents in the living room of
their small, humble home. Through the open door, we watched the sun set over the distant
landscape and heard the sound of children playing outside. Life in the village is simple.
With the help of our translator, we asked the family a few introductory questions. I asked the
Hindu mother what she thought of Jesus, and she said she liked Him. In the Hindu religion,
Jesus was one god of many. She was raised Christian, but she converted to Hinduism because
the man she married was Hindu. I could tell she wasn’t passionate about Hinduism. To her,
Hinduism was nothing but a set of rituals. I shared the Gospel, my personal testimony, and a few
other few things that the Holy Spirit put on my heart: “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No
one can go to the Father except through Jesus. He’s the only One worthy of our whole lives.
He’s personal and present; He wants an intimate relationship with you” etc.
She sat in silence for a minute, processing everything I shared. Then I asked, “what do you think of what I said?” She agreed that what I said was true. I was a bit startled by her agreement. I expected a few questions or a little resistance. So I asked, “do you want to give your life to Jesus? You can be a
Christian even if your husband isn’t (yet.)” I looked around and saw all of the eyes staring
intently at us. So I affirmed her that she doesn’t have to feel intimated or pressured. But she
smiled and said yes. I told her if she confessed with her mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believed
in her heart that God raised Him from the dead, that she would be saved (Romans 10:9.) Then,
she repeated the salvation prayer after me. I asked how she felt afterwards, and she said she
felt peace in her heart. I told her to remember this peace she felt. I encouraged her to read the
Bible to learn more about Jesus, and to go to church because a Christian community is
important. We ended the night by praying for the whole family. After we left, awe and excitement gleamed on our faces. I think we all thought to ourselves, “did that really just happen?”
The next day, we visited another Hindu mother. This conversation was similar to yesterday’s,
but this time Rachel shared her testimony. The Hindu mother listened intensely to every word
she spoke. After Rachel was done, the mother told us how a Christian prayed for her sick sister
and was healed instantly. She cried as she retold the story. She agreed that there was
something more special about Jesus than any other god. I asked if she wanted to give her life to
Jesus. She said yes and she wanted to learn more about Him. So we prayed the salvation
prayer together. She didn’t have a Bible; but thankfully, our guide said she would come back to
give her one.
We tend to think that leading others to Jesus is complicated, intimidating, and a holy task limited
to special Christians. But what I experienced that night was the opposite. Workmanship with God is exciting, simple, and possible for a simple girl like me. God doesn’t expect us to be “qualified” or have everything together until we can serve Him. Rather, He tells us that He is strong in our weakness. All that’s required from us is a “yes.” The Holy Spirit will help and lead us in all that we do. During the conversations I’ve had, He gave me words to say and questions to ask. Everything happened on the spot. I have no idea what was really going on in both of the mother’s hearts [but God knows]. I know that a seed was planted, and these women are in God’s hands now. I can only continue praying for them. I love proclaiming the good news to the poor. The people of Sri Lanka are so receptive to the Gospel.