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Monday, January 31, 2011

Providence of God

Today's great blessing is a demonstration of the providence of God. My car had an unusual defect that caused the speedometer to quit working periodically, and the car to die unexpectedly. My regular mechanic could not figure it out so I had to go to another mechanic about 10 miles away and I had to be there at 8:00 AM this morning.

Expecting to have a long and lonesome wait while my car was being worked on, I took along my Croatian New Testament to read. Shortly after I sat down in the waiting room, a man who appeared to be in his early thirties walked in and asked me a question in Croatian. I replied in Croatian that I am an American and I understand only a little Croatian. To my absolute delight, he said very clearly in perfect English, "OK then, so I will speak English."

His question was, "Why does your car have green license plate letters while most have black?" This question is very exciting for those of us here to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ because the reason our license plates have green letters is because we are not from Croatia. This inevitably leads to the question, "Why did you come here?"

Over the next 1-1/2 hours, I had the great joy of getting to know this precious man and getting to share the gospel with him. Oh, and since I brought my Croatian Bible with me, I was able to show him directly from God's word about Jesus Christ and the necessity to trust Him for salvation.

During our very pleasant conversation, I learned a great deal about him, his family, and his business. We exchanged contact information and I gave him some gospel tracts to read and invited him to church.

So I have a new friend in Croatia, the seed of God's word and been planted, and I have a new family to pray for.

Oh, and Yes! My car got repaired too. The mechanic speaks no English, but asked my new friend to hang around an extra few minutes to translate for him, which he was glad to do.

Praise God. Maybe my car will develop a new problem next week. I hope so.


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