To teenage Ezekiel, the prophecies confirm that God can be depended on.
Restrictions on gatherings have badly hindered public evangelism in Papua New Guinea, but the pandemic is no excuse for me to stand idle in God’s vineyard. In this era of lockdowns, I have a new appreciation for one-on-one evangelism. It’s effective!
I have studied with many people through door-to-door ministry, but Ezekiel Robert stands out. At 15 years old, he decided to enlist as Christ’s soldier—a fulfillment of God’s end-time promise to make the hearts of children as strong as those of fathers. (See Malachi 4:5, 6.) One of Ezekiel’s favorite Scriptures—one that God used in his conversion—is Isaiah 46:9, 10: “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.” Although young, Ezekiel searched out for himself and saw that what God prophesied from the beginning has been fulfilled in even the details—and for Ezekiel, this completely confirmed God’s existence. The prophecies banished Ezekiel’s doubts; he knew for sure that God is real and that faith is genuine.
Ezekiel’s conversion brought joy to Heaven, but it brought opposition from his devoted Catholic family. Ezekiel’s mother and father tried their best to turn him from the truth. Although their disapproval hurt, Ezekiel chose the truth simply because he knew it was truth—and because he heard God calling him to follow it. He would leave the consequences to the One who had promised: “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” Psalm 27:10. It would not be easy if friends and family rejected him—but then, hadn’t Jesus been alone in this world, with His heavenly Father His only faithful Friend? Didn’t the prophecies show that God can be depended on?
On July 3, 2021, after studying all the doctrines, Ezekiel made his decision for Christ official: He was baptized. Since then, Ezekiel’s life has kept on changing for the better. In fact, God has transformed him so much that some of his family and friends have mentioned that something extraordinary has taken place. Each time I see him, I am overjoyed with how the Lord’s Word has prospered Ezekiel’s life. His Word surely did not return void! Isaiah 55:11.
In all our endeavors to reach souls for Christ, we can be sure that the seeds will bear fruit—even if we never know about it. Jesus said, “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” Ecclesiastes 11:1. It encourages my heart to think that before each day ends, the Lord has led at least one soul somewhere in the world to accept Jesus and to side with His truth. Age and race do not matter, for people from all backgrounds can recognize and accept their Maker and Redeemer. This is a standing rebuke to Satan!
Do you want to help win souls in foreign lands? You can. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.” 1 Timothy 2:1. Your unselfish prayers “for all men” contribute to people’s conversions in ways you might never know of. Will you persist with us in praying for souls in Papua New Guinea and around the world? Then, one day soon, we can all share together in the joy of the harvest!
Papua New Guinea
Moses Yauma is a lay evangelist working in the upper highlands of PNG.
How You Can Help
Pray for the evangelistic endeavors of Moses and the other lay workers as they reach out to the people around them who are starving for the truth.
Pray for Ezekiel to stay strong in his newfound faith in Christ!
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Mission Projects International
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