Upon my walks and many adventures on the streets of D.C. and Alexandria, VA, I have met numerous people speaking various languages that I do not speak. I have difficulty still with English! These various languages have been a hindrance for me sharing the Gospel. One of the desires of my heart and the purpose for us being out here can be found in Ephesians 4:13 “Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” I pray that there is no hindrance, no weight holding me back and nothing stopping the Lord to work mightily through my family as we Equip, Edify and Evangelize, Everywhere we go. Therefore, it is with much joy I share this story with you.
On April 11th, 2018 we hopped on a plane to visit our friends and family. On Monday April 16th, 2018, I was scheduled to have breakfast with a good friend. He leads a Bible study on Friday nights that launched from the Monday night Koinonia, which was started May 2016. I was greatly encouraged to find out that this study is still going on. During our meeting we each shared about the work that God is doing in our lives. I was encouraging my friend to continue on studying the Word of God, teaching and living it out in his family first, then everywhere he goes. Towards the end of our time together, I shared with him a prayer that I had been praying for months that only my wife knew. That prayer was for me to learn more languages so that there is no barrier in sharing Christ. We then closed our meeting with prayer, which this request was made known with my Brodda in Christ to our Father in Heaven. We hugged and went our separate ways walking out of the restaurant. Or so I thought.
I glanced over before walking out of the restaurant to find a pastor I recognized sitting in a booth with a couple of binders and, of course, his Bible. He has spoken a few times at our church in California and during those times I have greatly enjoyed his commitment to teaching the pure, Word of God. He is a very humble, intelligent teacher and lecturer. None of his accomplishments came by his own accord but as the Spirit gave him the authority and ability to become who he is in Christ today. I proceeded to introduce myself and explained that I used to attend a church he has shared at. I then explained with him the work of the ministry we are carrying out in D.C. If you know him, you know what I mean when I say, he lit up with great excitement! He asked me where I was heading and what I was doing that day. I said I don’t have anything else planned for this morning. Then he said, “Good, sit down. You are learning Greek today.” So, I did. We waited for another gentleman and began my first official lesson in Greek in a booth at IHOP.
He had no idea that this was, although not explicitly Greek, my prayer for months or that my friend and I just finished praying for this very thing. Once a week I will be continuing on in my Greek class through FaceTime. Me at home in D.C. but my new Greek teacher and another student… in a booth at IHOP in California. Although many of the people I meet don’t speak Greek, it is the original written language of the New Testament, which I study to show myself approved unto God. Therefore, learning Greek is very important to me. And yet, this isn’t the end of the story, it is another pillar that God is building in me so that I may continue to build His kingdom and fulfill the ministry He has set before me.
We should never take lightly the ways and paths God sets before us as though it is our own doing. God provides for ALL that we need. We need only ask. But don’t forget, true prayer comes from Him.
To be continued…