The perfect method

written by Ernest H.

There were so many methods to share the good news. There were numerous tools to help people understand who Jesus is. According to some participants, the course was perfect!

Jana*, a student at Hope for Zurich, OM’s Missions Discipleship Training (MDT) programme in Europe, wondered if she would be successful—if all the newfound knowledge would help her to lead people to Christ.

At MDT in Switzerland, participants are prepared to be witnesses for Christ; the training ground is a suburb of the city of Zurich. While there, Jana was teaching the German language to Dahab*, an immigrant from Egypt. Dahab told Jana she loved to learn German with her because the method was based on conversation.

Jana and Dahab talked with each other and told stories from their lives. “I was in the process of seeking a new job, a teaching position in a primary school. I applied at several places and got turned down everywhere,” Jana recounted.

Her job hunt became part of the two women’s conversations, and Dahab took a real interest in the process. She got emotionally involved in Jana’s search and disappointments. She even scolded Jana for teaching German instead of more actively seeking employment. Dahab really wanted Jana to get a job so she could stay in Zurich and continue teaching German.

“Then the perfect opportunity arrived. The school seeking a teacher was built on biblical principles, and it seemed a perfect fit for me,” Jana said. She applied—and waited. Dahab fretted alongside.

By chance Dahab met two other women from MDT at a supermarket. She told them, “I really want Jana to get this ‘perfect’ job. But what can we do?” The women suggested they could pray. Dahab agreed to do so. As soon as she arrived home, Dahab, a Muslim, prayed for Jana to get the job.

Jana was subsequently selected to teach a trial lesson at the school. She impressed the selection committee and soon received a note of acceptance.

“I needed to tell Dahab and wrote her the short message, ‘God heard our prayer!’” Jana said.

Dahab answered, “You are a good person! God will do good to you! May He bless you!”

Jana marvelled at how far her relationship with Dahab had developed. “I learned a lesson”, she said. “It’s not strategies and tools that reach people; it is sharing my life with them, which does it.”

*Name changed for security

One of the MDT trainees makes a connection with a young woman. Photo by Anja B.

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