Monday, December 19, 2016
Day #4 - Trinidad
On my way back from Guyana, I spent the day in Trinidad on a layover. I had been planning to go soul winning while I was there, even if I had to go alone, but I was hoping to find someone to go with me. While in Guyana, I asked someone if they knew of a soul-winning pastor in Trinidad. He did know someone, and we were put in touch. When I spoke with the pastor on the phone, he agreed to meet with me: “I’ll be there, Brotha!”
I didn’t know what to expect, but he was a super friendly guy who went soul winning with me for about 3 hours. We went soul-winning in a neighborhood that was literally about 99% Hindu, so it wasn't very receptive, but, praise God, 2 people did get saved. Even the Hindus who weren't receptive would still usually listen to the plan of salvation, so I was able to give the Gospel to about 9 Hindus who did not get saved. The pastor was very hospitable and took me out to eat both before and after the soul winning. A few other people from his church joined us at dinner.
The pastor had mentioned the Jews a few times during the day, but I wasn’t sure where he was going with it and had kind of blown it off. Then, over dinner, he brought up the Jews again. I was hoping to avoid the subject since we were having a great time, and I assumed his viewpoints would be the usual pro-Israel rhetoric. I was forced to address the issue when one of the other guys at the table turned to me and said, “But the Jews are God’s chosen people, right?” I told him no, and I talked about how they reject Jesus Christ.
At that point the pastor piped up with, “Brotha, the Jews don’t reject Jesus Christ.” I was surprised and confused at his response until he added, “They HATE Jesus Christ!” He was saying that they don’t just reject him, they hate him!
As it turned out, we had very similar views on the subject. He said, “If I told this to any other independent Baptist pastor, they’d say I’m a heretic.” I told him about the documentary, Marching to Zion, and we headed over to his son’s house where we were able to plug in my lap top and show it on a large TV. Everyone loved the film, and it was a great time of fellowship.
I don’t think it was a coincidence that I was directed toward this pastor who was a kindred spirit. In a country of over a million people, God blessed me with the opportunity to meet someone like-minded. I appreciated his hospitality, and I hope to keep in touch.
Proverbs 27:17 - Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Here is a sermon clip where I talk more about my day in Trinidad.