While we were in La Romana last week, we met a very delightful young woman. She was in her early twenties. Our path crossed hers several times during the week. Those encounters came to a sharp focus the night before we left for home.
Our mission teams work hard all day. Returning to a Mission House or hotel is the opportunity I have to post pictures, blog posts, and videos about our mission activities. The first two days in La Romana there was a weak, but steady, wifi signal in our room. I worked from there each of those evenings.
The third night the wifi signal just wasn’t coming through. I had to go to the hotel lobby to get a consistent signal. It was there I met Angela. She works the front desk in the evenings.
The next night was the same thing. Again I was around Angela. She is an outgoing personality. Many people came through the lobby each evening. Angela and I were the ones that remained (at least until I got through with my work!). Idle chit-chat revealed a little to her about our work. She already knew we worked with Marcos because she knew him and knew he had made our hotel reservations.
The fifth night of our trip was the third night I ‘had to go‘ to the lobby to work. Yes, I was a bit frustrated. It was so much more convenient to work from the room but I was not able to do that. I didn’t know a larger plan was in play!
When we returned to the hotel on Friday night we passed Angela, said ‘Hello,’ went straight to our rooms to pack. As soon as I got there I knew I had to go back and talk to Angela. My roomie, Pastor Jodie, went with me. We talked with Angela about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It seems ‘having to go‘ to the lobby was about something much more important than my comfort. Go figure!
She was very receptive and open. She knew what it meant to have that kind of relationship. She freely admitted that was not true of her. She was almost persuaded to accept the Lord’s gift of forgiveness. Almost persuaded. So sad.
Still, there is hope and we have an opportunity. I told Angela we would be praying for her. This post is a request for you to join us in praying for Angela. We are due back in La Romana in September. It would be awesome to report to you from there that Angela is a member of God’s faith family! I am looking forward (prayerfully) to being able to do that. Will you join me?