The Substitute goalie

17 Aug, 2017 | Central Asia
OM International
An Albanian participant spends time in prayer during Transform 2014
Initially, Ben* was disappointed that he wasn’t able to attend the international sporting event in a official capacity as a prayer room representative. It turned out that God was working through this, as by attending in an unofficial capacity, Ben was able to leave the prayer room and engage with athletes elsewhere in the village.

John* was a substitute goal keeper for one of the ice hockey teams – a staunch atheist, but religion must have held some interest because he was strolling along the hall to take a video of the different religion’s prayer rooms all there together.

Ben ventured into the hallway to start a conversation with him. It was easy to get into a long discussion about John’s life and their different views on faith.

“It’s great to see prayer rooms from so many different religions,” said John.

Ben paused, “But you said that you’re not religious.”

“No – I’m an atheist,” replied John.

A lack of belief in a God who hears didn’t prevent John from sharing his prayer requests and Ben happily prayed for his health, a good competition and a chance to play in the games.

We believe in a God who hears the prayers offered on behalf of those who are currently following Him and those who are not. Please continue to pray for John, that some of the seeds planted in his heart during this conversation would grow in the coming weeks sprouting genuine faith.

*Name changed

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