AJ Davis (right) and a student in his classroom.
This post was shared by GEO (globally engaged in outreach) missionary AJ Davis. He serves in Slovakia.
“While teaching at the school, I have daily opportunities to share God’s love with my students. One such opportunity arose recently while I was preparing a group of seniors for the Maturita, their graduating exams. I prepare the seniors for these exams by calling individual students up to my desk to ask Maturita questions. One girl came to my desk to practice speaking. I noticed that she was unusually quiet and not as happy as she normally is. I proceeded with the speaking test and, after giving her a grade, praised her good performance and tried to encourage her. She was speechless, incredulous that she had done so well. I told her to continue speaking English and to keep trying. She said it really made her feel better because she hadn’t been so happy before. Then, she spoke up about her mom, and about her mom’s recent health problems. I asked if I could help her in anyway, and she told me that she would like for me to pray for her mom. I told her of the comfort that God provides in times of trouble. I assured her that I am more than willing to encourage her, to help keep her spirits up and to pray for her and for her mom.
“This instance reminds me of the story of Lazarus. In this story, Martha and Mary asked for Jesus’ help because their brother Lazarus was sick. Lazarus died, but when Jesus finally arrived, he brought Lazarus back to life. Jesus already knew this sad event was going to happen, but he also understood that those who saw it would hear and believe and would bring Glory to God.
“I know my student is asking God, ‘Why? Why my mom? Why me?’ I hope that through these difficult times, she will trust in God and know that God is always there to help her and comfort her. I am glad I could be there for her and point her in the direction of our Savior, the Truth and the Light of World.”