Special Gloves and a Bus Stop Encounter

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On the afternoon of August 13, 2019, I was distributing GLOW tracts in different homes as part of the GYC Mission Trip to Iceland. As I went door-to-door, I came across a man who was washing his wife’s car. I introduced myself and offered him the GLOW tracts. He was grateful and assured me that he would read them as soon as he was done washing the car. He proceeded to ask me where I was from and I told him that I am from Kenya. In a rare gesture, he stretched out his hand to greet me. “Your hands are cold,” he said. I left him and I prayed in my heart that God would enable him to read the tracts. I went on distributing the tracts in the other houses for about one hour until I was close to finishing my territory. As I was coming out of one of the homes, I saw a car following me from behind. It suddenly stopped and I thought perhaps I was in trouble. However, the man whom I had met earlier, was the one in it! He greeted me and said “Here, have these gloves to keep your hands warm. They are special because they are also a gift I was given by my friend, but have them.” At that moment, I could see some emotions in his eyes, and I asked him if there is anything he would like us to pray about. He declined but promptly said, “Please remember me in your prayers.” This kind gesture really warmed my heart. I surely believe that God led the man to read the GLOW tracts. Although I did not get to know the name of the man, God knows him and the burdens of his heart. When I pray I just tell God: “In your kingdom to come, please remember the owner of the special gloves.”

Two days later, I was dropped off in my territory in the Reykjavik area. It was raining heavily and I sought shelter at the bus stop. As I was waiting for the rain to subside, a woman came to the bus stop and inquired if she could get a bus to a certain direction at that particular bus stop. I told her that I was not certain. I proceeded to assist her by checking google maps which confirmed that she was at the right bus stop. I had some GLOW tracts with me and I wanted to share them with her. Before I could do so, she asked me what I was doing in Iceland. I told her: “I am here with GLOW ISLAND.* We are distributing GLOW tracts.” Her eyes lit up and she exclaimed, “Oh! I know GLOW Island; you are the group of young Christians who are distributing small pamphlets. You are doing a great job. When I got the pamphlets, I went home and we read it together with my husband and everything written there is the truth from the Bible.” She inquired which church I belong to and I told her the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Well, surprisingly, she said that she listens to the Adventist radio and there is a program she likes on Mondays. She went ahead to ask if there is a physical Adventist church in Iceland and I directed her to the website and asked her to fill out a form asking for fellowship. Interestingly, the lady was from Ethiopia. This encounter reminds me of the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8:26-40. I believe that just like the encounter Philip had, the Ethiopian lady I met shall be led by the Holy Spirit to the scriptures and search for truth. Our dear heavenly Father desires all his children to know the truth. You and I have to be co-laborers with Him so that this message will reach to His children.

It is indeed a special blessing to work in the field of God. The joy of heaven will be felt best when we see the people that God used us to lead to Him. This mission, in particular, changed how I see God. I have gotten rid of my own selfishness. Day by day, I am learning to let self die and allow the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I did not understand the science of prayer and faith until this mission. My prayer life and faith has changed. Thank you GYC for giving me the opportunity to serve in this mission!

*ISLAND is the Icelandic spelling of Iceland.

Linet Nyaenya, Kenya
GYC Missionary to Iceland, 2019

Linet is an Advocate practicing Law in Kenya. She has a heart for mission in unentered areas under an Adventist Bible – based missionary group of young people founded in Kenya: Africans Living in View of Eternity (ALIVE-Kenya).

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