My father’s urgent nudging woke me from a deep sleep, “Get up! Get up!” he said.
“We’ve got to go somewhere,” was the reply and with that, we set off in our truck in the blackest night.
Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, he told me to get out and then he turned me over to a people-smuggler, explaining that I had to go, that it was better for me.
“But why, father? Why?” I asked.
“You must go, it’s better for you,” he said and I was on my way.
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And after a horrendous trip, I found myself on the Greek island of Lesvos. There I met a young man - one of the helpers - leaving the camp for the night and I hurried to catch up with him to find out why he was there and what he was doing.
I learned that his name was Nikos and he was with a group of students from the Greek Bible College. Fortunately, we both spoke English and he was able to explain why they were there.
I spent the next few days with the students as they worked to clean up the camp and offer clean clothes as well as food to us. These students were fun to be around and they were very kind to us. Nikos got sick while there though, so I didn’t get to say goodbye to him when they left.
He sent another student to find me and give me a copy of God’s Word on an MP3 player in my own language and also sent me his address. I listened to the MP3 player over and over.
In time, I got to Athens where I am staying with my uncle. It’s hard and I need work. Nikos has found me and I recently told him that my mother was sick and I desperately wanted to help her. In response, Nikos told me to cry out to God through Jesus Christ.
“But I don’t know this Jesus!” I said. “How can I do that?”
He told me to simply speak to Jesus, so I went into a church and called to Jesus to please heal my mother – and He did!
I still don’t have work, but Nikos gets together with me and talks to me of the love of God. He tells me of a Savior. He explains God’s Word to me. Slowly I’m starting to understand…something.
Mohammed Ravel, a 17-year-old boy from Pakistan, is just one of the many that our students met on the Greek Bible College’s annual ministry trip, just one of the many that the students minister to weekly. The Lord of the Harvest is sending millions of people like Mohammed Ravel to the shores of Greece, and the opportunities to share the Gospel with them are many – a blessing in disguise.
Please pray with us that Mohammed Ravel continues to understand the Gospel and that the Holy Spirit strengthens Nikos in love for him.
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