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Hope for the Future

By Judah,* RMM worker in the Middle East

Recently, during a break at language school, the topic of heaven came up. This provided a perfect opportunity for me to ask my classmate his view on how we can get to heaven. His perspective was a common one, not only for the part of the world we are in, but for America as well. In a nutshell, in order to get to heaven, we need to do enough good things to outweigh the bad things.

Based on other information I have learned about the religion here, even if someone could somehow do that, God could arbitrarily tip the scales and keep them from entering heaven. This does not provide much room for hope, as compared to what we find in the Bible. For followers of Jesus, our hope does not rest in doing enough good or the judge not being in a bad mood, but in the blood of Jesus who offered himself on our behalf. We can have hope in him because if it rested on our shoulders we would be hopeless.

With this hope we can look beyond the stones that want to crop up into the paths of our lives. With this hope we choose paths that take us far from the ones we love. Why? Because we have hope of something far greater than anything this world has to offer.

“As we face the difficulties of putting down roots in a new place, we are keeping our focus on the one who brought us here, and not on the challenges we face.”Unfortunately, because of my limited language and the end of our class break, I did not have the ability to take the conversation with my classmate further, but I look forward to having more opportunities to talk with the people around me.

One great opportunity we have had is visiting with our neighbors down the hall from us. They are friendly and patient with our many mistakes and willing to help us by telling us the correct way to say things. We have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with them, but unfortunately tomorrow they will be leaving for their summer home and will not be in our area for several months. As this opportunity closes, we look toward other opportunities ahead of us.

As we face the difficulties of putting down roots in a new place, we are keeping our focus on the one who brought us here, and not on the challenges we face. He is the hope for our future, may he be yours as well.


Judah and Rayna ask that we pray for open doors in their relationships, eyes to look beyond their current challenges, and a deeper understanding of the language. Please pray also for those around them to have their eyes opened to the truth and experience the hope that Judah and Rayna have for themselves.


*Names changed for security