I then briefly explained how God’s design of plants, animals, people, and the rest of the world cause many to trust in God’s existence. She responded with, “Yeah, that makes sense,” and went on to imply that she had decided that she did believe in God. She told me a while back that she wished she knew the whole story of what the Bible is about, since she’s only heard bits and pieces. In my following three meetings with Talli I told her five Bible stories: Adam and Eve, Abraham and his promised child, God’s covenant with Israel on Sinai, a summary of the prophecies about the Messiah, and the birth of Christ. After each discussion she thanked me liberally and even once said she had no idea learning about the Bible could be so interesting.
When I saw her today at the cafe she said, “I remember that when I’ve tried to read the Bible before, it’s been very difficult to understand.” I then explained that some translations are easier to understand and some harder. I showed her a translation in simple modern English. After leafing through it and making comments for several minutes, she told me how cool she thought my Bible was. I told her she should borrow it for a little while and if she has time or is bored, she should read in the New Testament about Jesus while I continue to come occasionally and tell her stories. The last thing she said before I got up to leave is, “Thank you so much; I’m going to read it later today.”
By S. Salem in NYC