God Is the Best Witness
By Anna Likholet
At the age of 18, I longed to share Jesus with others. But I was afraid.
“I’m scared,” I prayed often. “I don’t know how to share You.”
Then I learned that I needed surgery, and I was hospitalized in Tula, a city located about 2 ½ hours by car from Russia’s capital, Moscow. Three of the six beds in my hospital room were occupied when I arrived. The other female patients were reading or watching television. My operation was scheduled for the next day.
“What should I do?” I thought. “What does someone do before an operation?”
I opened my Bible.
The woman across from me immediate spoke up.
“Are you a Christian?” she asked.
“Yes,” I said.
“Which church do you go to?” she said.
I didn’t want to be mocked for being a Seventh-day Adventist. Many Russians belong to another Christian denomination and dismiss Adventists as members of a sect.
“I’m a Protestant,” I said.
The woman wasn’t satisfied. “Which Protestant church do you belong to?” she said.
What could I say? “I’m a Seventh-day Adventist,” I said.
A big smile lighted up the woman’s face.
“Wow, a Seventh-day Adventist!” she exclaimed. “I know Adventists! They are the best people!”
The woman spoke enthusiastically about the church, its work, and Zaoksky Adventist University located outside Tula. The two other patients listened silently. They had never heard about the Adventist Church.
“Adventists are good Christians!” the woman said. “My father knows some nice Adventists.”
As she spoke, the physician entered the room. He was surprised to see her.
“What are you doing here?” he said.
“What do you mean?” she replied.
“I ordered you to be discharged yesterday,” he said. “You should already be at home.”
Her husband picked her up within 30 minutes.
Looking at her empty bed, I realized that God had answered my prayers in an unexpected way. God had revealed Himself on His own in my hospital room. I hadn’t done anything. God had done everything. As a result, the other patients knew that I was an Adventist and that Adventists love Jesus with all their hearts.
Before the hospital stay, I went to church and believed in Jesus. But being a Christian is more than that. Being a Christian is also telling others about Jesus. If you long to share Him, He can arrange it. He will do everything for you.