The church in Nesvady celebrated the baptism and union of a Roma woman into the church and were curious about what steps to take together next. How do we integrate this woman and her family into their congregation? What is the best way to reach out to them? I have heard that some of them refuse to say "Amen," why is that? These and similar questions followed the presentation on Roma history and what Scripture says about the ministry they were beginning.
He told me that after his wife passed away he began bearing witness to Jesus Christ as best he could with the Roma family next door. Using every tool he could - from Christian videos to Scriptures and personal conversation - he began to share Christ. Along the way, the two households began a transformative relationship. People who lived next door to each other for decades slowly became neighbors. And that is when, and how, his attempts at bearing witness bore fruit.
|Like adding pieces to a puzzle,|
when all are represented, we get the fuller picture.
Concluding his story of how wonderful it was to see his neighbor become part of the church, he held back tears. "After she was baptized," he looked across the congregation at his neighbor and called her by name, "she asked me 'Why didn't you tell me sooner?'" He shrugged a little and smiled. Being a prophetic witness is hard work. These two neighbors know it is worth it.