SPECIFIC  MISSION  INTERNATIONAL

           A  TESTAMONY OF  REPENTANCE

            
OF   AN  ARMENIAN  KURDISH   MAN

The Creator God, who created every physical thing, also created the spirit
of every human being.  In the womb of your mother God created and placed
an eternal spirit that is your life.   Without  God’s created spirit you would
not be a Human being.  (Mom and Dad did not make a spirit).  God is the
spiritual father of every human being of every race, color or nationality.  
Our Creator – God is Holy / perfect in His heavenly realm.  He does not
permit imperfection, sin, nor evil rebellion onto His heaven.  Yet, He
created mankind and gave to them complete freedom, knowing that they
would make mistakes, have troubles, be rebellious – be sinners.    
God loves His creation as His own children and is merciful and forgiving to
those who are obedient to His instructions that are clear and easy to obey.  

Through the teachings of Jesus Christ we are given the necessary
instructions;   
“From that time Jesus began to preach and to say,  “Repent for the
Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”     Matthew 4: 17.   

Definition of ‘repent’ from Webster’s New World Dictionary:  
‘To feel sorry for an error, sin, etc --- to feel such regret over an action or
intention as to change one’s mind.’  
Recognizing that every human being has sinned according to God’s
standard, thus the teaching of Jesus is for everyone –  ‘repent for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.’         

The following is a true story:
I with a small group of friends were in Armenia at a Kurdish (Yazidi) village.  
We were giving as gifts to anyone who desired -- a New Testament and
were explaining about its teachings.  We had been there previously.  The
people knew us and graciously welcomed us into one of their houses for
tea and Bible teaching.  The house was completely filled, all standing, and
many had gathered around outside the house as I through our interpreter
was speaking.  
As I was speaking Ariaik (a pastor and one of our drivers) came pushing
through the crowd.  He approached me and said, that the man who was
following him wanted to repent.   
Ariaik explained how the man had approached him from the crowd outside
and asked for a cigarette.  Ariaik told the man that he was a believer and did
not smoke.  After some bit of conversation the man told Ariaik that he
needed to repent.  He explained to him that repentance was not just about
smoking, but much more and also believing in God and obeying God.  Thus,
with that understanding Ariaik approached me as I was speaking to the
people.  
After Ariaik’s explanation I asked the man through my interpreter about his
understanding of God, then sin and then explained about prayer.  He then
insisted that he was ready to repent.  So, agreeing that Ariaik would lead
him in prayer, I gave him a sample prayer as follows:
Dear Heavenly Father; I believe that you are the creator God, that Jesus
Christ came and died as payment for my sins.  I am a sinner.  Dear Lord,
please forgive my sins, come into my heart, save me from my sin and be
Lord of my life.  Thank You Lord Jesus for hearing my prayer. Amen.  

When I finished the explanation, I said, ‘let us pray’.  
He immediately knelt to his knees, so Ariaik, myself and my interpreter knelt
with him.  
Ariaik led him in a sinners prayer for salvation that was interpreted to me.  
After the prayer while still on our knees he looked at me and I asked, ‘may I
pray for you’.  He replied ‘yes’.  I reached out my hand, he clasped my hand
and I began to pray, ‘Dear Lord, if this man is sincere, please with Your Holy
Spirit come into his heart.    I said this one sentence and the man’s hand
went limp and he collapsed on the floor.  
The crowd gasped and a woman cried out (later we learned it was his
mother).   I quickly stood and said, he is OK, wait a moment, he will come
too.   In just a few moments he sat up looked at Ariaik and I – shook his
head – stood and looked intently at us.  
He then turned to the crowd, who was totally silent as though in shock, and
said;  
“I saw a vision.  I saw a person.  He had outstreached arms.  (He gestured
with his arms).  He was completely white – but I could not see a face --  just
bright white.”  
Then he said, “These people who have come here are telling us the truth
about God.”
He had seen Jesus Christ reaching out to him – receiving him.    
We then explained to the crowd gathered there how the Word of God / the
Bible told that God sent Jesus Christ – the Messiah – the Son of God (He
had no human father) to teach us – to die for us (paying the penalty for our
sins), -- that by believing, repenting and asking for salvation – we may
become the children of God – born again (spiritually) and have our names
written in the ‘Book of Life’.  

After much explanation, we prayed with the whole crowd and later they took
us to a neighboring village – introduced to the people and we taught and
prayed with them.  
This is NOT about a religion.  
This is about a man, who repented of his sins and found the truth of God
through Jesus Christ.  
A year later his mother told us that he was working in Siberia and was very
active in a church and studying to be a teacher in his church.    

MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIMSELF.   
TESTAMONY  OF  REPENTANCE