Peer pressure can be a beautiful thing. That is, when your peers are pressuring you in the right direction! Yet, in the case of one high school student in Eritrea, her friends were determined to see her waste her life. Their voices were loud and persuasive and they were pushing her deeper and deeper into immorality. As she accelerated downhill, she says, "No one was around to help me."
However, a moment arrived recently, amid the cacophony of voices, when a true friend and peer appeared, introducing her to TWR's radio ministry. She's now listening regularly, and says, "These days, things are changing." Through the broadcasts and under the ministry of God's word she says she is, "developing the strength and confidence to resist, and even to protest" against her peer group.
Each one of our lives is unfolding like a story, and many of us can remember that one person who reached out to us in a time of confusion and need. While we walked around in the dark, bumping into chairs and walking into walls, a hand grabbed us and led us out into the light. At first our eyes hurt, but as our vision adjusted, we were able to behold the beauty of the Lord, and trust Him with our lives.
The Apostle Paul describes our encounter with the Living Christ like this: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Cor. 5:17). Our young Eritrean friend has experienced this, and now as she grows and listens to the broadcasts she says, "The lessons on the radio broadcasts are creating a new person inside of me - a new person with a new view of life and new way of thinking. The merciful Lord has visited me in my troubles and tribulations, and is setting me free from sin and bad influences."
So, another life has been impacted through the radio waves. Another life turned around. Another soul is redeemed by Jesus. Now Eritrea has one more voice that can call out in the darkness and lead others to the One who changes lives. And this is exactly what she intends to do: "I am determined to reach the ones who are suffering from the same problems I had experienced. The ministry has a lot to do: to save lives, to bring people out of the darkness and to set the youth free from immoral practices."
I end this article with the same words our Eritrean friend used to end her letter, "May the Lord help you to reach people with His Word." Why? Because, "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" (Romans 10:14).
Published: 06 September 2010