Learning to Read and Pray

This story by Crystal Phillips, a Compassion Boston Bible Worker.

Last week, I started studying with Isabelle. (I previously told the story about how I went to her back door.) When I got to her house, she told me, “I need you to teach me how to read the Bible” (specifically how to find the different books of the Bible), so I showed her how to use the index to look up the books until she got more familiar with it. Since she’s grown up Catholic, she hasn’t really read the Bible much.

Next, she told me, “I need you to teach me how to pray.” Being Catholic, she recites prayers from her prayer book. I told her that next time I came, we would do a study devoted to prayer and what that should/shouldn’t look like. After I prayed, she told me, “That was wonderful—I want to pray like you!”

Isabelle has a desire to talk to God and use her own words, something she’s never done before. Her enthusiasm is electric. It’s so rewarding to be able to help someone that is so excited and ready to grow closer to our Heavenly Father.