We walked down the dusty street under a blazing sun on Saturday morning visitation. It was almost time to stop and go home. We saw some children playing outside of a cardboard shack and decided to make one last visit. There was a shrine in the yard dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe which meant the family was probably Catholic. I began to talk to the children while Jacinto witnessed to the mother, Margarita Flores.
Margarita told Jacinto that she had visited many churches and studied with the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses. She said, “I am searching for the truth, and when I find it, I’m going to give up all my old beliefs.” Jacinto told her that he had the truth and opened the Bible and shared with her how to be saved. That day Margarita accepted Christ!
While Jacinto witnessed to Margarita, Rebecca talked to her eight-year-old niece, Lidia, using the Wordless Book. Lidia prayed and asked Jesus to save her that morning. Lidia fell in love with Jesus! She asked for a Bible, took it to school, and slept with it under her pillow at night. She loved going to church. One day she got up early, got ready and went and waited at the church. Nobody showed up and she realized to her disappointment that it was Saturday!
Margarita did not attend church with Lidia but kept observing all the changes in Lidia’s life–how much she loved Jesus, the Bible, and going to church. Finally Margarita decided to go to church to see what was making such a difference in Lidia’s life. Margarita began attending church and grew in the Lord. She was the first person Jacinto had the joy of baptizing from our mission church. Margarita’s life was changed, and she brought many family members and friends to church to hear the gospel and get saved. Knowing the truth transformed Margarita’s life and family.
Just like Margarita everybody is searching for the truth in one way or another. Finding the Truth transforms lives and sets the captives free!
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32