All of a sudden there he was again: a follower, clothed in dark blue. No, as far as I know, not a follower of Jesus Christ, but somebody who obviously is following me. I hadn’t seen him for nearly four years, but back in the day I had seen him quite a few times, and here he was again in the metro, a big, unpleasant smile on his face. I am so used to these things, even though they are strange… There was someone claiming to be Italian in our weekly gathering. Unfortunately for him, his accent was too similar to the local language and we all  guessed who he really was – some kind of informer…

…The pressure on brothers and sisters has been increasing over the past months. I also noticed some of it. Minor accidents such as losing my bank card; Sim cards of foreigners were blocked in great numbers without explanation or an easy way to unblock them; the heavy pollution has made breathing harder; the guys I ‘walk alongside’ have been under crazy amounts of pressure and therefore are not in touch much… things such as these can take your time and joy so easily…

… Just recently, I found myself chilling at one of these guy’s places. I was at work until 9 p.m. and with at  least one hour to go to reach home, I thought I would be done for the day. So when he called me, I thought; ‘Oh, no, I won’t go, I am not going to arrive there at 10 p.m. as it will take me an hour to get home afterwards.’ Another thought, however, was; ‘This is a chance.’ So, I went. Later, I knew why: two of his friends had found New Life just one month and three months prior! They were also there. My tiredness of the day immediately disappeared and before I realized it, it was 1 a.m. and I was still there. It was an honor to meet them, to listen to their stories, to search for Biblical answers, to pray together and to encourage them. In the back of my head I thought: this is not without risk. But, what is the alternative? The verse that has been coming back to me over time is that those who are with us, are with so many more than those who are against us (2 Kings 6). That creates steadfastness and gives me confidence to move on not with fear, but with wisdom and joy. Life with Him is not boring at all!

  • Praise God for his protection, love, grace, Life in abundance!
  • Please pray that Christians worldwide will be awake, prepared for the coming of Y’shua (Jesus).

“Over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain”. Isaiah 4,5b-6