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Well this morning was amazing! On Saturday’s at 11am we have our bible study with Jean and Samba. You may remember them from last weeks post. Jean is from Mali and he flew to Spain on a futbol (soccer) contract to play for a team. He seems to be doing better than most here from Mali. He is Muslim but he enjoys learning from the Bible. Samba is from Mali as well but he has been living in Paris for sometime and will only be in Spain for a few months to renew some paperwork. He is also Muslim. Samba is the younger of the two friends who are staying in the same apartment.
This morning Kanicia and I walked to their apartment and arrived around 11am. We were hoping that they remembered about the study because we didn’t have their number to confirm beforehand. Thankfully after the 30 minute walk we found them home. They welcomed us in and we asked how things have been with them. I then gave Jean a Good News brochure in Spanish because he understands it better. Unfortunately I couldn’t leave a French bible for Samba like I promised him because we don’t have any at the hall (I really appreciate the Mill Valley French literature supply now!). We then picked up where we left off last week which was in chapter five on the 2nd question of the Good News brochure. We discussed the material and read the cited scriptures. Some of the thoughts were no doubt very new for Jean and Samba but they seemed to understand. We were also able to help them see that we are living in the time of the end according to 2 Tim 3:1-5. We didn’t have to tell them about the reality of wars and conflicts because they knew it all to well. About halfway through the study Jean prepared us some hot tea with lemon. We really love the African hospitality that we are experiencing in the territory!
Jean asked me how we would know whether we should follow the koran and Muslim teachings or the bible and Christian teachings. This could be a very challenging question to answer. I commended him for his question in wanting to know what the true teachings from God were. I referred him to chapters 10 and 13 of the Good News brochure. These talk about recognizing the true religion and what good news God has regarding religion. I read some of the key questions contained therein and then gave him an example of religions that do terrible things in the name of God. I asked him if he feels that these religions should be followed even if they do bad things in the name of God. He said no. I then asked him what he thinks is more important, that humans decide how to serve God or that God decides how he wants to be served. He agreed to the latter. I then reasoned with him that based on these two questions he could see that not all religions were right and that God should decide how to be served. He appreciated this.
This study was even better than the one last week because these two friends really opened up more and also there appreciation for the work that we are doing is immense. Every so often they would just tell us that we don’t know how much this means to them that they are able to learn good things about God. They would say that what they are learning makes them very happy and they really appreciate it. They said that doing what we do is not easy and that is another reason that they appreciate it all the more so. They felt that ones who do this type of work must be serving a true God because not everyone could do this type of work. What a beautiful testament to all of us busy and active in the ministry! Those comments touched our hearts. This is why we came to Spain!
The study lasted for two hours this morning and we can’t believe how sincere these two friends are! We truly hope that they respond to Jehovah’s undeserved kindness and continue making progress. I can say that these are some of the best studies that I’ve had in my theocratic career. After the study finished we took a group photo and Jean showed me some pictures of him and his futbol (soccer) team that he plays for. They were going to play soccer after the study. We are thankful to Jehovah to have such wonderful students and to be able to be used to help them learn the truth!