We have the privilege to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to people every day. As we share the Gospel, we often never know how far the Lord will take this message. Recently we received the following email from an old friend that reminded us of God’s power to change lives:
Dear Marty and Brenda,
I'm doing some specific reading these days, as I have taken on the leadership of a ministry in Ukraine that evangelizes the elderly--I just need to read and get some understanding of culture and history and people...well, I started reading a book called My Beloved Russia, a story about Dmitry Mustafin who co-wrote with Irene Howat. I reached page 10 where I see it is 1986 in Italy, and Dmitry is given a Bible in Russian by someone named Martin Dittmar--forbidden to him--but takes it and reads it. He is led to the Lord by you and is then invited to the "American's home where Martin's wife, Brenda fixes cucumber sandwiches and American apple pie." -Deb
We were truly stunned by this email as we had lost contact with Dimitry not long after he left Perugia to study elsewhere in Italy. We asked this same friend if she knew how to contact him now, and she came up with a possible email address. We wrote a note to Dimitry hoping that he was at this email address AND that he would remember us. Again to our surprise, we received the following email:
I tried to contact you for many years...I am very thankful to you for my first prayer and for leading me to the Lord. Now I am a member of Christian Church in Moscow and I am a Gideon. I still work at Russian Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology as a professor…I will send the photo we made in winter of 1986. I treasure this. I want to keep in touch with you.
How thankful we are for God’s power to reach into lives and transform the hearts of people. We never know where the Lord will take the seeds of the Gospel through the lives He changes. May we all be faithful to proclaim the Glory of Christ to those around us and watch God do AMAZING THINGS!