I have recently been volunteering in the English as a Second Language (ESL) ministry at Vision Baptist Church. Having spent time in China as an ESL teacher, this ministry is a great way for me to plug in to the ministries of our church to the internationals in our community.
Last week, a new student joined my class. He is a Turkish man that recently arrived in the U.S. for work. As I began teaching, my young son Abraham, who is just beginning to walk, walked over and grabbed my chair.
“Abraham,” I said. “Daddy can’t play with you right now. He’s busy.”
The Turkish man’s face lit up with interest. “Your son – his name is Abraham?” He proceeded to tell me how he knows the story from the Koran which tells how God told Abraham to kill his son, Ishmael. But, before Abraham killed him, the Lord provided a ram to die in place of Abraham’s son.
I immediately remembered that I had heard from some Muslim friends in China the same story. You see, while the Bible teaches that God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, the Koran says that God told him to sacrifice Ishmael. Though my new Turkish friend had the sons of Abraham confused because of his Muslim faith, he had accidentally given me the perfect illustration to share the gospel with him!
Excited, I sprang on the opportunity and proceeded to share the gospel of the Lamb of God with him and the other student in the class. I shared with them that just like God gave a ram to Abraham to take the place of Isaac, so He gave sinners His Son, Jesus Christ, to take our place and die for our sins!
Would you join me in praying for my new Turkish friend? Please pray that he would continue to come to the ESL class and that he would continue to be open to the gospel. Pray that I would have more opportunities to share and that he would trust in Jesus and be saved!