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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)

TITLE: The Young Woman
By Filoiann Wiedenhoff


“I am the Way …“ A young Ethiopian woman was speaking this in her sleep. She lives in San Diego, CA brought over by her relatives to give her a better life. She awoke saying to herself, “Who is this Jesus?” She ran out of her bedroom, down the hall to her uncle’s room. “Uncle, uncle who is this Jesus?” He stared at her with a puzzled look, wondering if she had gone mad. “Jesus?” The young woman was excited that he might know the answer “Yes, Jesus!” With a stern voice her uncle replies, “We do not talk about that name here.” She put her head down as to show him respect and nodded acknowledging his wishes. She calmly walks back to her room; get’s dressed and runs out of her house and down the street toward her friend Tammy’s house. She wasn’t going to give up that easily and in her own heart she had to know who this Jesus man was.

Tammy was her new friend from South Africa who attends the adult school where the young woman is taking English classes, she figured if anyone might know the answer she would. When she arrived at Tammy’s house, she was excited and hopeful. She meets her at the door, takes a deep breath and says, “I must know who this Jesus is?” Tammy, having the same puzzled look asks, “Jesus… why?” Then the woman was happy to finally get it off her chest and goes into great detail about her dream, “I had a dream, and in my dream a man sits down with me and teaches me these words, “I am the way the truth and the life and no man can come to the father except through me.” The young woman went on to say that He talked with her and told her that His name was Jesus. She shared how she never felt more joy and happiness than in her dream and had to know what her dream meant and who Jesus was.

Tammy was beside herself; she never heard anything like this before but knew exactly what she was referring to and who Jesus was. She herself was a born again believer and follower of Jesus and knew that this was no coincidence that she came to her house that day. Tammy went to her room and brought out her bible and they sat down together while she showed her the passages that she recited were in the bible and shared with her what the bible was and who Jesus was and explained that He was the Messiah, the savior of the world who came to earth to save people from their sins.

The woman immediately received these words with joy and put her head in her lap and began to sob uncontrollably. Wiping away the tears she shared with her friend, “I have never felt so much love before, what should I do?” Tammy wrapping her arms around her comforted her and said, “There’s only one thing for you to do, and that is to ask Jesus to come into your heart” Tammy went on to share the salvation message with the young woman and when she finished she asked the young woman if she would like to receive Jesus and the young woman agreed without question and they joined their hands together and prayed the sinners prayer.

They went on talking for another hour, laughing, crying and praying together, it was the most wonderful and intimate time they ever shared an
d both knew it was the beginning of a whole new friendship.

As the young woman was getting ready to leave she asked Tammy, “What did we just do here?” Tammy smiled and hugged her, “It’s called fellowship my sister, fellowship, it means when two or more people come together, share their hearts and talk about God they are fellowshipping and you will have more of it when you meet your new brother’s and sister’s at church on Sunday.” The young woman smiled, nodded her head acknowledging her wishes and went back home with a bible in her hand a smile on her face and peace in her heart that she finally knew who Jesus was.

This article is based on a true story, names and events have been changed.. Two years later the young woman went on to become a missionary and shares her testimony with all who will listen,

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Diane Bertrand10/18/07
Wow! God is awesome!
Laury Hubrich 10/18/07
This is an awesome story -- especially because it's true:)
LauraLee Shaw10/19/07
What an amazing story!
Dee Yoder 10/20/07
Very heart-felt and a blessing to read. It's good news, indeed, when the Lord calls us to Him. What a change He made in this young woman's life!
Debbie Wistrom10/22/07
Thanks for the sharing, it was nice to know it was true!