"I suppose after discharging my preaching duties yesterday, I'm feeling a little more relaxed for tonight's coffee bar, games and Jesus film night. So I sit here quietly at an empty table, willing opponents for a game of 'Connect 4' to come forward, while little 'D' is trying for all he's worth to tempt me into playing a game of 'I'm afraid of the pink plastic spider' which he is dangling behind me. On the next table, a young man who speaks very little English wants me to explain how to play chess ..... over to you, Eddie!
Across the room, five ladies sit, studiously ignoring their children, drinking coffee, chatting, laughing. All their hard defences down, carefree for an hour or two. Close to them, but slightly apart, a woman dressed completely in black sits quietly with her daughter, doodling with coloured pencils and paper. I watch Lesley approach them, sit with them, start to engage them in conversation.
Lhazi, a large exhuberant Arabic-speaking brother whose first language is Italian, spots me and cries 'Brother!' as he blunders across the room to envelop me in a bone-crushing hug. As I recover and retake my seat, I observe Jeremy, a team member, sitting across from a new believer, a game of backgammon lying discarded between them, both with Bibles open earnestly discussing some point of doctrine in a mix of Arabic and English.
Ali, our beloved Farsi interpreter comes over to explain that a young enquiring Afghan is sitting alone in one of the video rooms watching the Jesus film. It's about to end, would I join him to answer any questions the young man might have? Others quickly join our group and soon we have six or seven, mostly believers, giving their testimonies and 'bragging on Jesus' and the new life He gives to all who put their trust in Him.
As I speak of the offer of eternal life in Jesus, a brother leans over to touch my arm. He speaks very little English.... "You speak of John 3:16?" My affirming nod brings a great beaming smile to his face. "That is the scripture I have too" he says, via Ali's interpretation.
Once again dear family and friends, love in action triumphs and our glorious Lord Jesus is exalted in all we share together in bringing in the harvest.