Incontra Con Gesu or Jesus Encounter is the name for the Italian house churches that Team Italy One is starting throughout the city of Genova. I wrote about the my experience with the Romanian house church in my blog last week, if you missed it you can read it here. This week I want to share a little more about how I am seeing my new friends Sarah and Andrea encounter Jesus...
Then on the way home from Monaco, Sarah was sharing with us about her family. She said she's not very close to her father and mother because they disaprove of the way she lives her life. They want her to marry a good Muslim man and get a respectable job, but instead she is still unmarried and works as a tour guide. That conversation led into a discussion about what Muslims believe about sin, and how a Muslim can do good works to counter their sinfulness. We asked Sarah how she knows she will go to Heaven when she dies and she said she doesn't know. She can only try to do her best at being a "good person" and hope that Allah will have mercy on her. The conversation gave me a lot of insight into what Sarah really believes. I can tell that she doesn't truly believe in Islam, but it's all she knows, and right now she's indifferent to it. She jokes about going to hell as if its not a big deal, but then she says she will try to be good so she can go to heaven. The problem with Islam is that it doesn't deal with the reality of sin. People can never be "good enough" in the eyes of a Holy, perfect God. Please pray that Sarah will see her sinfulness and her need for salvation. Please pray that she will see how she can never be good enough.
Andrea and I at Camogli
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