Eagerly Awaiting

This story written by Destinie Candis, a Compassion Boston Bible Worker.

This week I met two people who had been eagerly awaiting our visit. 

Paul was our last stop on Tuesday night and a new lead card. We walked up to his apartment building and pressed the buzzer. I was halfway expecting to not find him home, but then a voice came over the intercom and I explained who I was and who I was looking for. He didn’t hesitate to tell us that he was Paul, and with a giddiness to his voice he said “Really? Come on up!” In the elevator on the way up, we prayed; and as we stepped out, we were greeted by a man who had been waiting in the hallway.

The first thing Paul said was, “This is something! I’ve been praying for God to send me someone to help me understand the Bible. And you guys show up.” Paul spent almost an hour telling us about his family and his life, and how much God is blessing him despite the troubles he’s having. At the end of the visit, we prayed with him, and set up an appointment for a sit-down study the following Tuesday.

The next day, I made what I believe was the tenth visit to Armando. For three weeks I had been trying to find him home. So I pressed the doorbell once again, and to my surprise, a woman answered the door. My heart leapt a little higher in my body as I went through our introduction. I asked if Armando was home and she went back in to send him to the door. After I told him who we were and what we had come to bring him, his faced dropped into a look of relief and disbelief. He said, “I’ve been waiting for these to come. I sent that card in so long ago.”

He explained that he had been staying in Everett because his house needed some repairs. Then, to our surprise, he said he had gone on the It Is Written website and done part of the first lesson. At this point, Richard pulled out an It is Written card to tell Armando about the daily devotional, and Armando said—pointing to John Bradshaw’s picture—“That's the guy I’ve been watching! I like him.” Before we left, we prayed with him and set up an appointment for us to come back.