The small miracle of 1 boy’s first Bible

Indonesia (MNN) — Agus is a sixth-grader from Kalimantan, Indonesia, a small village situated on the rainforested island of Borneo.

Agus’ household practices Animism, the assumption that souls possess on a regular basis objects and vegetation . Agus did too, till seven {dollars} launched him to the Gospel. Bruce Allen of FMI tells the story.

Unlikely Pals

Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim nation. Out of greater than 263 million individuals, 229 million are Muslim. Christians do make up the second-largest group, however at solely 26 million, Christians are outnumbered practically 9-to-1. Regardless of these odds, Agus met and have become mates with a number of Christian college students at his faculty.

One Trainer’s Impression

Agus additionally had a Christian instructor who had conversations with him in regards to the Gospel..

“Agus started to have a conversation with his teacher about who made these things like the rocks and the trees and the rivers. The Christian teacher explained the Christian belief of Creation. And this God who designed the universe, loved his Creation,” Allen says.

The story of creation, riot, love, and redemption fascinated Agus and left him eager to know extra.

The small miracle of 1 boy’s first Bible

(Picture courtesy of FMI)

A Bible Scarcity

Sadly, it’s very tough to get a Bible on Borneo. EvenChristians typically wouldn’t have a Bible of their very own. Believers could solely have entry to Scripture throughout church companies or as a part of small teams of 5-10 constructed round a single Bible.

FMI simply completed a big Scripture supply this summer time, however the want remains to be there.

“A few days after this campaign, I returned to the US. I’m getting emails, I’m getting phone calls saying, ‘All that you gave us, we have already distributed. We’ve already shared the Gospel with so many people. We need 1000 more Bibles immediately,’”Allen says.

Towards all odds, Agus obtained a Bible from this supply. It solely price a stranger $7.

Shortly after receiving the Bible, Agus gave his life to Christ. Nearly instantly, he went on to share the Gospel together with his household. Although his dad and mom didn’t be a part of him in religion, they had been glad to see their son making up his personal thoughts and gave a neighborhood pastor permission to baptize Agus.

Because of this sequence of small miracles, Agus is becoming a member of Church life. Now, he has Christian mates and a Bible to name his personal.

The small miracle of 1 boy’s first Bible

Distributing Bibles in Indonesia (Picture courtesy of FMI)

Miracles don’t should be flashy or earth-shaking. Conversations, small donations, and friendship can change lives even within the face of persecution.

“We just need to remember that even when we hear these stories of persecution, that there are people that the Lord is drawing to himself. Jesus said, ‘if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all types of people to myself,’ and he’s still in the business of doing that,” Allen says.

Don’t Downplay Your Impression

The Gospel got here to Agus by the smallest of sacrifices. Somebody donated $7 to have a Bible printed, shipped and delivered by FMI’s Tangible Sources program. Do the identical for another person right here.

However it didn’t cease there; somebody additionally prayed for him. Be a part of them in prayer for Agus, his household, and his continued journey of religion.

Pray for believers just like the schoolteacher who took a threat and shared the Gospel. Ask that extra Bibles and tales of the Gospel will attain the individuals of Indonesia and overcome the barrier of a whole bunch of native languages.


Header picture supplied by FMI: Agus (left) receives his Bible from Yandi (proper).