So, sometime back, I wrote about Faustino. Faustino was quite a scary guy on our first visit. I did not want to go back to see him because I just didn't know what he might do. Well, DH, the kind, non judgemental man that he is, never gives up. He said that Faustino needed a chance to hear the gospel. He telephoned him the following week and told him that there are not prophets for each country as Faustino thought and that the militant guy he was following, who was carrying weapons and was surrounded by a lot of men also carrying weapons was not a prophet. He referred him to some scriptures, which F read. He told Faustino that if he was really interested in hearing about the plan of salvation and that if he would listen that we would go back to teach him.
He did want us to come, so together with the Kortrijk elders we have been back to teach him several times. The elders have also been teaching him by themselves. Last week the elders invited him to go to church with them and he did. He really liked everything he heard. F has had a complete turn about in demeanor, behavior, interest, etc. He is being touched by the spirit. Also, F was able to meet and to talk to some members of the church from his own country including a young 17 year old boy who was recently baptized. Today we were teaching him about baptism by immersion and by fire. The elders asked him if that was something he wanted for himself and he said yes. Then they asked him if he wanted to be baptized and he said yes again. I about fell out of my seat. His attitude is so humble now and I have learned a lesson to not be so quick to react and to judge a person and what they will or will not do. In addition, F invited one of his friends from the Congo to join us today and now Jean Louie wants to study the gospel too. I hope I don't have to eat any more humble pie.