Sari*, this new friend that I’ve met, obtained her Ph.D. at an University in the States. She did a lot of her reading while sitting at Barnes and Noble. She describes herself as a person with a short attention span, hence she said she got up for a lot of study breaks to browse the bookstore. Always interested in what new books they had to offer, she found a Christian book by Joel Osteen. She found it at a time when she was particularly lonely and discouraged. While we don’t agree with Osteen’s message completely, his book introduced her to Jesus for the first time, and she hasn’t been able to forget about Him!
She later found a Christian in her workplace, another fellow Ph.D. candidate. This lady was a solid believer with good, sound theology. The two became great friends and Sari enjoyed time with the lady and her husband weekly as they studied the Word. Sari has been living in Central Asia for 1 and a half years now and has not met even one Christian. Her American friend contacted the church in the States where business friends of ours are currently attending and asked if they had anyone connected with the country she lives in. Now, here we are! She is not a believer yet, but is convinced that Jesus is the truth. Being a skeptic, it is hard for her to accept the apparent idiosyncrasies of the Bible, and she is still searching. However, she is hungry for the Truth and wants to continue studying on a regular basis.
*Name changed for the story