Surprise Evening Visitor

Recently at 8:30 PM I received a text from a young college friend in another city.  “I know this is last-minute, but what are you doing tonight?”

“Just some paper work. Why?”

“I decided to take a little drive to clear my mind.  Now I realize I’m only a half hour away from you.  I would love to see you.”

I wrote, “I would love to see you too, but we are not late night people. We’ll be heading to bed around 10 PM.”

“I can be there by 9 and won’t stay long.”

I put on water for tea and brought out the cookies. A few minutes later I opened the door to bubbly Elena. She told me about her classes, her two jobs and then her boyfriend.

“We’ve been dating a year. He’s 24, attends Bible college and someday wants to teach the Bible.”

I was familiar with the school he attends—one of the best.  My immediate impression was favorable.

She explained that their parents are from the same country. They’ve attended the same church all their lives and knew each other as kids. They both love the Lord and want to serve Him together. They plan to become engaged in a year since they both need to complete their studies.  She showed me his picture and I could see them serving God together.

I suggested it might become difficult to maintain a God-honoring courtship for such a long period. She explained that they avoid spending much time together alone. Rather, they intentionally spend time together with groups of friends with whom they do ministry.

I gave my blessing and we prayed together before she headed back.  She left before 10 PM. What a precious ending to the day!

Thank You, Lord, for the privilege and the joy of knowing precious Elena. Keep her close to You. Guide and direct her ways and help her to love You more and more each day. I pray in the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.

  •  The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”    Genesis 2:18

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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Florence
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What a wonderful story of Godly young Christians in love and putting the Lord first in their lives. I am really sorry to say that my faith was lacking because of the way so much of the world goes in our society. As I was reading I was afraid something was going to be wrong at the end. I read it with such worried anticipation. I was so thrilled and happy when I got to the end, but was sorry I had worried and did not have faith. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story.
Kelly
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What a sweet story Kathleen. I wish I had been so wise at that age!

Stuart
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Such a wonderful story of a young person going to someone they trust and look up to. The fruition of serving God faithfully.

Kristi Ann
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Amen-Amein Sister in Christ Jesus-Yeshua Kathleen!! 💕💜

Love 💕 Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

Kristi Ann

Frank King
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Nice way to end the evening. Her eagerness to see you before you went to bed had me thinking she had a bad emergency. Refreshing to read about young couples being of the mindset that they are.