One afternoon during the outreach in Bray-la-Buissière (in the Pas-de-Calais), some OM France team members were giving out invitations to the Friday evening concert when Marcel*, an older man, came across them in the street and asked what the team were putting in people’s letter boxes. They explained that they belonged to the local Baptist church and that they were inviting people to a concert. There ensued a lengthy discussion centred on Christianity.
Marcel told them that during his youth, he’d had faith. However, two factors had put him off. For one, he couldn’t conceive how God could be good and yet at the same time allow all the suffering and injustice in the world. In addition, he thought religion enslaved people and preferred being free without a God to answer to.
But what is real freedom?
The team continued talking with him, and Marcel went on to say that he would like to believe but that there was something like a barrier in his heart that was stopping him. The team told him that they were going to pray that God would touch him and that his heart would be opened.
When they left, the team members gave Marcel a copy of John’s Gospel.
May the Lord touch Marcel’s heart, and in Isaiah’s words (Isaiah 55.11), may His word not return to Him void.