Beauty for Ashes

posted by Emily Carpenter | Jun 27, 2019

Beauty for ashes.


That’s what the Lord spoke to me before we left for our mission trip to Greece. During our trip He revealed more of what He meant by this.

In Greece, we worked with refugees from Syria. They had fled the war that had ravaged their country by walking and even going by boat to Greece. I, of course, had heard about this in the news, but it was a completely different experience actually interacting with people who had experienced this. 

I had been praying for God to give me an opportunity to share about Him to these people who had suffered so much. The language barrier made this a little difficult at times, but thankfully, God was faithful to answer my prayer. 

On the last day I asked one of the men if he was Muslim and he said yes but that he respected all religions. I asked him if he believed that Jesus is God and that he died and rose again for our sins. He told me he didn’t know. I was happy to hear this because most Muslims believe that Jesus was only a prophet. So, I opened my Bible app to John 3:16 and was going to read it to him but he started reading it out loud before I could! From the lips of a Muslim man came “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (NIV).

After, he asked me to give him the bible reference so he could go home and study it more. I gave it to him and asked if I could pray over him. He said yes and I prayed over him that the Holy Spirit would work on his heart and that he would come to know the Lord.

I didn’t get to see him come to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior right then, but I am confident that God will draw this man to Him. 

Muslims need Jesus. They need the beauty of the gospel. But, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news’” (Romans 10:13-15). 

Today I ask you to pray: Is God sending me to share about Him to Muslims? Is God asking me to support a missionary who is sharing the gospel to Muslims? 

I also ask you to pray for Muslims to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

I ask you to pray for our partners at AMG as they continue to show the love of God to the refugees.

I ask you to pray for the man who I spoke to, that the word of God would take root in His heart and grow. 

The streets of Syria are now ashes.

But the beauty of Jesus beckons those who have mourned towards Him.

Beauty for ashes.

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