I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. – 1 Corinthians 3:6 ESV
Years ago in our church in Campina, Romania, a new girl showed up in the youth group, and girls told me, “She has fit in so well.” I had her over for a visit, and she shared a lot about her feelings on family. She mentioned how she’d heard of one that had impressed her, and I got goose bumps—she was actually talking about my family in Kansas! A mutual friend, a missionary in Romania and friend of my parents, had given a talk to college girls including Carmen; she had mentioned my parents as an example in raising their kids to show courtesy to and interest in adult guests. During our visit that day, I finally asked Carmen if she understood the gospel, and she responded that she really didn’t. So we agreed to meet up again to talk about why Jesus came to earth. Carmen and I never had that meet-up. She dropped interest in church and in God. Five years later, I had moved to Brasov and forgotten about her.
David had discipled a young man, Mihai, while at church in Campina, and when we heard that he was going out with a girl, we were surprised to hear that it was this same Carmen. Only now, she wasn’t the same: she was a follower of Jesus! Mihai and Carmen came to visit us several times leading up to their wedding. They asked David to preach at their ceremony and me to bake my American desserts for their reception. When I reminded Carmen about our first visit, she smiled and agreed that God had done a miracle to draw her and save her.
While we may forget or not see anything good, the Lord faithfully calls people to Himself and brings them to the point of salvation through many witnesses. Now not just a new spiritual life but a new Christian family has been born in Romania! And, somehow, my parents in Kansas had a part in it.
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