Reaching Hamid Part 1

Season: 1
Episode: 49
This episode is the first part of Hamid’s story. Justin, our International Travel Manager, shares the story of how he got the opportunity to reach Hamid with the gospel.
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Justin Shares: Reaching Hamid Part 1
Justin was roommates with Hamid while he was studying in India. While Justin has been a Christian, Hamid was not exposed to the gospel while growing up in Iran. He shares how he invited Hamid to go to church with him one time and Hamid agreed. Justin shares how Hamid started asking him about the service such as the song titles that he heard during the praise and worship, and the preaching. While Hamid asked questions, Justin tried his best to explain and made sure not to enforce anything. Hamid then asked if Justin can teach him how to read the Bible and this started the opportunity for Justin to walk Hamid through his journey of building Hamid’s faith in the Lord Jesus.

Justin talks about an unfortunate incident that happened to Hamid which became the turning point that further strengthened his relationship with Christ. This also became an opportunity for Justin to demonstrate God’s generosity through him. Although he was not wealthy, he was merely following Jesus who gave everything and calls us to lay down our lives for our friends. And this was something that Hadid never forgets. He reminds Justin of that moment that Justin changed his life for it was one thing to invite someone to go to church, but it was another thing to open up his wallet for Hamid. Part of reaching Hamid was Justin allowing God to use his own generosity.

Justin shares that what drove his relationship with other foreign born internationals is that there was zero pressure. Unconditional love was present in his relationships. He would remain friends with them even though they decided not to go with Justin to church. Before inviting them to church, a foundation of friendship has already been built.


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