Monday, December 17, 2007

What’s Happened Mom? You are Different

My name is Carmen Olmedo.  I am 55 years old and have been a widow for the past 16 years.  My only son has been a constant headache.  All of the money I earn supports both of us because he doesn’t work.  He spends most of his time just hanging out with his friends.  Not long ago he was placed in jail for fighting.  He felt he might as well end his life because life had little meaning for him.

One day a friend of mine from my teenage years called me to chat.  She was very kind and invited me to her home to talk.  I didn’t go on the day she invited me, but arrived on a Sunday in order to surprise her.  Because she was leaving to go to church, the surprise was on me.  She brought me with her.  I wasn’t very comfortable because she had to leave me alone while she went to teach Sunday School.

We sang songs to God, listened to the pastor’s sermon, prayed, and participated in communion.  They showed the Jesus Film, focusing on the crucifixion scene.  This really impacted me.  I fell to my knees at the altar, asked God to forgive my sins, and accepted Christ as my Savior.

Since then, things have changed dramatically in my life.  I believe that when Jesus enters a person’s heart, there is love.  Today I love God; I love myself, and love my son. My son asked me not long ago, “Mom, what’s happened to you? You are not the same; you are different.”  I am confident that very soon my son will arrive at the feet of Jesus. Thank be to Lord Jesus.

This Pickup Belongs to Jesus

Adolfo Nagua, a 53-year-old man, was saved through the Jesus film and has been helping out with this ministry in his local church ever since.  He is also part of a team that is opening up a new work in a neighborhood in the city of Quito.

Adolfo used his pickup truck to haul equipment to Jesus Film showings.  However, one day after leaving the truck unattended, he returned to find the truck was missing.  He told the Lord that the truck really wasn’t his, but it belonged to God and He was the One that needed to help him get the truck back for the use of the ministry.

For two months he continued working in the Jesus Film ministry and believed that God was going to return his pickup.  One night he received a telephone call stating that somebody spotted the truck outside the city where he lived.  Sure enough, it was his!  He immediately praised God for helping him through this time of testing.  He proclaims, “Today more than ever I want to serve God with my hands, my feet, and my truck.  May I always remember this truck belongs to the Lord Jesus.”