Francis* was not impressed with the church his sister had joined. For one thing, she had changed the way she dressed, and there were certain foods she no longer wanted to eat. But worst of all, she wouldn’t work on Saturday. What kind of people won’t work on Saturday, he wondered. They are lazy people! Jobs are hard enough to find. How do they expect to make a living if they won’t work on Saturday?
Privately Francis made fun of his sister for becoming a Seventh-day Adventist.
After she had spent the day at church, Francis’ sister would come home in a cheerful mood. She would tell him about the stories she had heard. He listened politely—she was his sister, after all—but he still wasn’t impressed.
One day he asked her to explain why she worshipped on Saturday. She opened her Bible and showed him several passages. It makes sense, he thought, but I will never become an Adventist myself.
He was surprised to find himself at a prayer meeting on a Wednesday night at her church. His sister had invited him, and the next thing Francis knew, he was there. Before he realized it, he was attending church regularly, absorbing the Bible truths he was hearing. He made a decision to follow Christ for the rest of his life. As Francis rose from the baptismal waters, he laughed because he had indeed become an Adventist, something he vowed he would never do.
Francis had been studying to become an air-conditioner installer, but now he couldn’t continue his training on Saturdays. Francis talked to his boss who exploded in anger. “I’m the boss, and I work on Saturdays. You think you can slack off? You can do whatever you want after the course is completed, but I’ll fire you if you don’t show up for the training.” His parents tried to help, but he was fired anyway.
It was a discouraging time for Francis. No job, no money, and still living with his parents. People began telling him how foolish he was. Francis told them that God must come first in his life now.
Francis continued to pray that God would help him find another opportunity to study air conditioning. He found a place that didn’t require Saturday work. Those who knew him were not surprised that he graduated at the top of his class.
Success at last
In a few short years he earned a solid reputation for doing honest, high-quality work. Francis excelled in his business and had a steady income.
Francis still enjoys his air-conditioning career, but he especially loves evangelism. He has used his own money to sponsor evangelistic meetings, and he discovered a talent for leading out. Seven people were baptized recently as a result of this outreach.
Today he is married and has three children. They live in the country of Benin, which is located in western part of Africa.
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