With graceful hands, Manelle* pushed back the curtains covering her living room window. Vehicles and people still passed by in a flurry of activity, but what had once been a bustling center for tourism was now a desert to visitors. Despite this, Manelle prepared for guests. She boiled water on her stove and wrapped cakes in cloth to keep them warm and ready to serve. Manelle wanted those visiting her country to feel welcomed. Though she hadn’t seen any tourists for some time, her window remained open.
Suddenly a group of foreigners-African missionaries equipped with Jesus Film Project® materials-passed by Manelle’s window. She rushed out to invite the strangers into her home, excited to offer them some hospitality.
Recognizing this as an opportunity from God, the missionaries graciously accepted the local woman’s offer. Once Manelle had poured the tea and set out the cakes, she asked, “What brings you to my country?”
One of the team members pulled out an Arabic audio Bible preloaded with “The Story of Jesus,” the audio adaptation of the “JESUS” film, and gave it to Manelle as a gift. Moved by the gesture, the hostess played it immediately.
The words of Jesus in Manelle’s heart language filled the room, and her face ran with tears. She clasped her hands together, pressing them to her mouth in an expression of gratitude. She embraced each missionary and continued to host as the recorded voices washed over her and her guests.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes My messenger is welcoming Me, and anyone who welcomes Me is welcoming the Father who sent Me” (John 13:20, New Living Translation).
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*Some names and/or locations have been changed for confidentiality.