The first time I've ever led anyone to Christ
Rowena Mellor is making the most of her retirement! Early 2013, she began to do Christianity Explained with an International student from China who we shall call Maggie. “Maggie said it would take years to become a Christian because she knew nothing about the Bible. We shook our heads and said, “No,” and took her through theChristianity Explained lessons.”
“So we began to meet once a week to do Christianity Explained one-on-one on my back deck. I asked a friend, Suzanne, to come for support. I led and Suzanne would extend some points. During the fifth session Maggie wanted to become a Christian.
“I found the course very effective as it was taking Maggie through the Gospel as well as an English lesson. Putting out the resources for her to read was very effective and the book illustration, in Study 2, was quite powerful.I have been a believer for decades but this was the first time I have personally led another to faith in Jesus. What a thrill!
The course is taken from the book of Mark and is the clear Gospel message. I think it is an excellent tool and the graphic examples in the course clearly help make the Gospel understood. I found it really helpful to go through it with a person from a non-English background.
“We continued with Discipleship Explained which we finished two weeks ago. It dawned on her, ‘Do you mean to say that Christianity is not just about belief but it can actually help you know how to live your life?’ Maggie still has much to learn but Suzanne and I have assured her that we are both still learning ourselves.
“Maggie has an Aunt in China who is a Christian but she lives in another city and has never shared anything about Christianity with her. Maggie had never heard of Jesus. She had seen some women wearing crosses around their necks but she didn’t know the significance.
"She’s looking forward to going home and telling her family and friends about it. She fears that they will find the Gospel foolish."
Do you know someone like Maggie who wants to practice English? Uni students or refugees? Who do you know that God might use you to lead them through CE?
The message one person got from Rowena’s pastor was, "If Rowena could do it anyone could do it; you don’t need a theology degree."
“I found the material so clear and excellent for taking people through the Christian message. You can do it with your friends or relatives who want to know about Christianity. You could do it with anyone. It’s so useful and personally helpful.”