MENU

"Tell Them a Story"

By Catalina Kreider, Apr 12, 2018

Just the day before our language tutor had asked me to tell him the parable of the Prodigal Son in Romanian for language practice. And now I was standing in my kitchen doing dishes, while Alexa* was cleaning the house and her daughter was watching TV in our living room. That's when those words popped in my head. It certainly wasn't a specific voice. But it was a specific thought. So after a few minutes of inner debate, I put down the soapy dishes, dried my hands, and walked into the living room to sit next to the 12-year-old girl. We talked about the show she was watching—the Romanian version of America's Got Talent. I asked her about her life at home and what she does for fun and about her recent hospital visits. Then I asked.

“Do you want to hear a story that is important to my culture?”

Without hesitation, she said yes. So I told her, to the best of my language ability, about the son who basically wanted his father dead in order to have his inheritance, who then squandered the inheritance, who then went back to his father and surprisingly received full forgiveness, acceptance, and love. And that was it. Alexa was done cleaning soon thereafter, and my kids woke up from their nap. It was quite anti-climactic. But I felt convinced that the Lord had led me to do that.

The next week Alexa returned and mentioned that her daughter had told her about the story, so we read the story to her in Romanian. We talked about the story a little, and she said it was a beautiful story.

“Would you like for us to tell you some other stories that you can then take home and tell your kids?” I asked.

She said yes. So that day while she was cleaning, I read to her about the Good Samaritan and gave her some historical context about Israelites and Samaritans. We printed out the story and sent it home with her.

The next week she was at our house a little early and sat with us at the lunch table before starting her work, and it was time for our family devotion. We read in Romanian for her sake, so she heard a portion of the Sermon on the Mount. After that, we were talking, and that's when she told me that she has heard the name of Jesus but didn't know anything about Him.

“Jesus is a very interesting man,” I told her. “He is the only person in history who has ever raised Himself from the dead. And He could do this because He is God. Would you like to know more about Him?”

The next time she came, we told her the story of the paralytic man who was lowered through the roof. Then we talked about how she's scared for her daughter in the hospital, and I told her about losing our baby last year. I said that when I face really sad or really difficult times, my hope is based in God's promise to one day change this world and take out all the bad things. As she asked more questions, we were able to tell her about Easter, Jesus's death and resurrection, and His promise to restore the whole world. And how much He loves us. We gave her a copy of the New Testament in Romanian. Then she asked one of the most important questions.

“Who is God?”

I think I have a better understanding of why Jesus told so many stories. People like stories. And stories lead people to ask their own questions. Please join us in praying for Alexa and more opportunities to tell people about Jesus's awesome story.


*Name has been changed.

Catalina Kreider serves with MTW in Romania.

Please login to continue
Forgot your password?
Recover it here.
Don't have an account?
Create an Account
Sign Up for Free
Name
Email
Choose Password
Confirm Password

GET INVOLVED

Youth Ministry Leaders
Longer
Member Care Coordinator: Americas
Longer
Next Generation Missionaries to the Muslim World
1–11 Months

Behold, the Lamb!

In Romania, the traditional Orthodox Easter meal of a freshly slaughtered lamb provides a vivid picture of Christ's sacrifice.

SEE MORE

Breathing Life into Tradition at Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day Event in Romania

He couldn't wrap his mind around the idea that church was in any way tied to the way a person might live his day-to-day life.

SEE MORE

Ministry (and Inconvenience) at the Ring of a Doorbell

Ministry opportunities often show up at the most inopportune time. As a missionary, how do you balance opportunity with inconvenience?

SEE MORE

Pray for Orthodox Christians in Romania who are beginning to recognize the significance of some of their traditions. 

Pray for Romanians who are steeped in the traditions of the church, but without an understanding of how Jesus could impact their lives.

Pray for the church in Romania to recognize their need for Christ and be vulnerable in their brokenness, something counter to their culture. 

Pray for two women, Monika and Andrea, who have recently come to faith against the odds in a hard-to-reach, largely atheistic European city.

Pray for Monika, that God would continue to heal her, give her a new purpose, and protect her life from physical harm, and for Andrea, that she would grow deep roots of faith and be a witness to those like her—unlikely subjects—of the reality of the grace of God.

Pray for God's grace for missionaries as they seek to be an example of love and hospitality to their neighbors while facing ongoing stressors of life.

Pray that missionaries would feel cared for while on the field. Pray, too, for our Member Care Department staff as they seek to care for missionaries well.

Pray for God's work among the nations in South Korea through MTW's Diaspora Ministry.

Please pray for Haiti, and particularly for the safety of our ministry partners in Gonaives as they continue to labor patiently with the people.

Pray that believers in Poland would get theological materials they need in their heart language through a new publishing ministry. 

Pray for MTW's ministry in Haiti in the midst of ongoing gang violence and ongoing instability.

SUBSCRIBE TO STORIES & MORE

Good news in your inbox, once per week.