Central Asia ‘ Dr. Paul Negrut, a pastor, was visiting his old friend Trian Dors in his humble home. As Paul entered, he realized that Trian was bleeding from open wounds. He asked, “What happened?” Trian replied, “The secret police just left my home. They confiscated my manuscripts; then they beat me.” Paul says, “I began to complain about the heavy tactics of the secret police. But Trian stopped me saying, ‘Let’s kneel down and pray.’ He knelt and prayed for the secret police asking God to bless them and save them. He told God how much he loved them saying, ‘God, if they will come back in the next few days, I pray that you will prepare me to minister to them.'” Trian Dors then shared with Paul how the secret police had been coming to his home regularly for several years. They beat him twice every week. After the beating he would look into the officer in charge’s eyes saying, “Mister, I love you.” Years later, that same officer came alone to his home one night. Trian prepared himself for another beating. But the officer spoke kindly and said, “Mr. Dors, I came tonight to apologize for what I did to you, and to tell you that your love moved my heart, and I have asked Christ to save me. Two days ago, the doctor discovered that I have a severe case of cancer, and only a few weeks to live. I came tonight to tell you that we will be together on the other side.” STAND “ONE WITH THEM” Today, do something “good” for a neighbor. Do not look for thanks or praise; simply tell them that you are doing it in Jesus’ name. PRAY “ONE WITH THEM” Father, help us to always seek another person’s highest good, even when mistreated. May Your goodness and mercy be ever present in our lives as a witness to our Muslim neighbors. Amen.
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