Indonesian Woman Asks About Easter and Ends Up Believing in Jesus!
Justin and Susan moved to Indonesia in February to join a church-planting team. They started language school right away and began to look for a house they could move into. God quickly provided a house not too far from their teammates. After language class in the mornings, they would usually go to a store to shop for furniture and kitchen appliances for their new house.
One day they were walking in the the mall and saw a couch in a small furniture store that they liked. They went back the next day and brought their team leader, Agus, (who is an Indonesian) to help translate for them so they could buy the couch.
As they looked at the couch in the furniture store, Agus struck up a conversation with the lady working there. He started the conversation by asking, “Are you fasting today?” (this was during the fasting month, Ramadan). The lady replied that she was and asked him if he was fasting. He then steered the conversation into a spiritual conversation and answered, “I do fast but not today. I am a follower of Isa Al Masih (Jesus the Messiah). Have you ever heard of Isa Al Masih?”
“What is Easter?”
This opened up an opportunity to share the gospel with her. The whole time, the lady was engaged and interested. She asked “Easter was this weekend… what is that holiday celebrating?” Agus continued to share with her why Jesus came to die for our sins and raise three days later from the grave.
She then had more questions about sacrifice, John the Baptist, Mary and other topics about the Bible. After answering her questions, he shared Romans 10:9-10 with her.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
He then asked her “Do you accept Isa Al Masih as your Savior?” And she said yes! Agus asked her again to make sure her answer was genuine. She said she truly believes that Jesus’ sacrifice covers her sins. He was so amazed at her softened heart to the gospel! He then prayed with her.
Justin, Susan, and Agus are trying to follow up with her to read the Bible and continue discipling her. She works long hours so it is difficult to find a time to meet with her. Justin and Susan are still learning the language so they need an Indonesian to follow up with her. Agus cannot meet with her alone since he is a man. Please pray they can introduce her with a Indonesian sister who can disciple her.
This is fruit from your prayers!
This is one story out of many of how God is moving this Ramadan. Why are we seeing more fruit this month? It’s because there are thousands of people praying for Muslims this Ramadan. We have covered Indonesia in prayer every minute of the last 30 days. There are many faithful intercessors praying for Indonesians to know the love of Christ.
We may not see all that God is doing in the hearts of Indonesians this Ramadan until we get to heaven. But we can trust He is moving and leading many Muslims to Himself all over the world. Thank you for praying with us for this spiritually dark country. Let’s continue to pray for Indonesia even as the fasting month has ended. God hears our prayers and is “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9