By Ron Goodman
I count it a blessing every time the Lord gives me an opportunity to lead someone
to Christ. However, there have been times the Lord has allowed the experience to be
extra special. Such was the case with Angela. Angela is in her sixties and has lived a very
rough life. Her husband is an alcoholic and her
children were all raised in orphanages because
Ron and Angela
of their poverty and adverse living conditions.
Libertad, one of her daughters, (now grown), is
a faithful member of our church and has had a
burden for the salvation of her mother for many
years. When she asked me to go see her mother, she
apologized ahead of time in case Angela should
treat me badly. The many times in the past that
Libertad had tried to witness to her had turned
out to be very bad experiences. This time we
hoped that things would be different. Angela
had been sick and seemed to be thinking very
soberly about life—and death!
As I entered her little storefront, Angela greeted me
nervously. Libertad had arranged this meeting with her mother's
permission, but it was clear that Angela had some reservation.
Libertad led us to a room and then left us to talk. I opened
my Bible and began to share with her the truth about our
standing with God and how we need a Savior. I could see
Libertad through a window in the background tending
the store and pacing nervously as we took our time in
the Scriptures. As I was finishing my presentation,
Angela began to cry. I asked her if she understood
and she nodded in the affirmative, but it seemed
something was hindering her.
When I asked her if she wanted to trust
Christ as her Savior, she hesitated. It was only
a few moments, but it seemed to take so long
before she finally said, “Sí—de corazón!”
(Yes—from my heart!) Wow! What a
blessing to hear her pray a simple
prayer and put her faith in Christ!
It was a special moment when I
called her daughter into the room.
There was a tearful embrace between
them, but few words were spoken.
I left there so thankful for the
opportunity to have had a part in
what the Lord did!
Libertad and Angela