A Servant’s Dream by Andrea Young

by Andrea Young

A Servant’s Dream

Written on September 11, 2017

At twenty-seven-years-old, Alfredos Sayelo was wicked, drunk, and near death when he recalled his boyhood desire to serve God. When he awoke from his stupor, he hungered for the Word of the Lord.

He visited countless denominational churches and Bible schools in Namibia desperate to learn the Scripture. They shunned him because he did not have a high-school certificate or money. One day a teacher from “The Church of the Living God” came to Alfredos while he was reading the Bible.The man asked him if he understood what he was reading and when he said, “No,” the man explained it to him. Following the lesson the teacher boasted about his “Evangelist” credential. This discouraged Alfredos because he wanted to learn the Bible and teach others like that man was; he thought he wouldn’t have the chance.

Not long after, Alfredos was searching Google when a World Bible School advertisement appeared. He registered and was accepted. Then, Mary McKinney, a beloved sister of the Lord, adopted him and guided him into the knowledge of the truth.

Mary saw he had a soft heart, and continually encouraged Alfredos with advice on how to overcome the problems in his life. The more he learned and studied, the more he changed. One day, Alfredos learned how to be forgiven. Guilt washed over him because he still had sin in his life. He then repented and was ready to be baptized.

Mary sought a person to immerse him and God sent a minister named Lukas Kamono to baptize him at the Kehmu church of Christ near Rundu, Namibia on April 2, 2017. Alfredos now continues his Bible study with Mary through World English Institute. She is happy that God allows her to help Alfredos and is thankful that he is a young man who has a “noble and good heart” (Luke 8:15). She praises God for the increase to His kingdom and is looking forward to meeting Alfredos in heaven one day.

Now as a Christian, Alfredos is grateful that God answered his prayers and directed him to WBS. He now has peace and the strength to overcome sin. He says,

I will always feed myself with His Word, and I will be ready to teach others about Him. My dream to be a servant of God has been fulfilled.

Let us faithfully serve the Lord like our brother and sister in Christ.

 

 

The Masks We Wear by Heather Hodges

 

By Heather Hodges

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
— Isaiah 41:10, English Standard Version

We often feel the need to hide our brokenness, sin, pain and suffering behind a mask of happiness and perfection.

We conceal our true selves out of fear or self-preservation. The masks we wear become so comfortable and familiar. They become part of us and we would feel naked without them.

During those moments when our guard is down and we remove the mask, we feel vulnerable and exposed, but we are also authentic and raw.

Wearing the mask only perpetuates the pain and loneliness. But when we take the mask off, we open our hearts to the presence of God and to healing, restoration and transformation.

When we summon the courage and remove the mask we feel the presence of God surround and strengthen us.

Peace and love to you. “Soli Deo gloria.” To God alone be the glory.

HEATHER HODGES is a mom, wife, artist, inspirational speaker and follower of Christ. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Abilene Christian University in Texas and has been in ministry alongside her husband, Wade, for almost 20 years. They worship with the Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas, where Wade Hodges serves a preaching minister, with their sons Caleb and Elijah. See her gallery at heatherhodgesart.com.

 

Woman’s Role in Marriage: A Study in Marriage

This video is the third in a program of three lesson on building and maintaining marriages and families according to God’s plan. Join Steve Springer in this lesson “Woman’s Role in Marriage: A Study in Marriage” as he uses God’s Word to define and discuss a woman’s role in the marriage and family relationship.

https://video.wvbs.org/embed/?ID=3-womans-role-in-marriage-a-study-in-marriage

Man’s Role in Marriage – A Study in Leadership

This video is the second in a program of three lesson on building and maintaining marriages and families according to God’s plan. In this lesson, Steve Springer presents “Man’s Role in Marriage: A Study in Leadership.” Through God’s Word, we have the standard for defining the role of a husband and father. When this role is followed, families and relationships work harmoniously.

https://video.wvbs.org/embed/?ID=2-mans-role-in-marriage-a-study-in-leadership

Shared Vision – The Godly Couple

This video is the first in a program of three lessons on building and maintaining marriages and families according to God’s plan. “Shared Vision: The Godly Couple” focuses on how a couple can create a common view of their responsibilities, understanding, implementation and evaluation of marriage.

https://video.wvbs.org/embed/?ID=1-shared-vision-the-godly-couple