In Recovery


reaching the immigrants next door

Key Bible Verse: Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. (1 Peter 3:15-16, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Acts 8:26-40

I met Jay in a coffee chop in Old Louisville. A friend and I were on a church-planting team and were in the community each week doing evangelism. While waiting for our drinks, I heard a voice behind me exclaim, “He’s crazy!” I turned around and noticed a young Palestinian man standing there looking at the front page of The New York Times. I asked him what was the matter. As he pointed to a picture of a Muslim cleric in the Middle East, he told me the cleric was attempting to lead an uprising and cause great trouble.

My friend and I introduced ourselves to Jay and welcomed him to drink his tea with us. After spending some time in conversation together, we were able to share the gospel with him. Jay was a first-generation immigrant to the United States. And although he was Muslim, he wanted to meet with us over the next six weeks in the coffee shop to talk about Jesus.

The percentage of evangelicals among Arab Palestinians in several countries in the world is less than two percent. If Jay does come to faith in Jesus, is it not possible that the Lord could use him to take the gospel to other Palestinians in Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon?

– J. D. Payne in Strangers Next Door

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