In a small village I met a young man named Iniko*. Some friends introduced me to this refugee, who several months ago had met and given his life to the Lord. Iniko is a young afghan of only twenty-three years of age. He has learned to live a life with struggles, difficulties, doubts, and to advance in spite of these obstacles. After almost a year of fleeing from death and desolation in his country, he finally discovered true peace and freedom. He also found faithful brothers who carry out their mission to share and embody the Good News.
In a small church and town I found myself participating in the baptism of Iniko, listening to his gripping story, seeing his eyes shine because of past hardships and future hope. Today, Iniko knows that all of his efforts in the journey to where he is now were worth it. He has hope in the Lord and the pain from the past holds a new meaning.
Let us pray for those like Iniko. That the story of their lives would not be lacking in meaning and that they might find, “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” That they might be, “joyful in hope, patient in affliction and persevering in prayer.”
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