Diana and I went to town on 25 March 2021, to buy a few necessities. We walked past a King Pie stand in Randburg Mall. I felt like a pie and we bought one for each of us. There was only one table and a few chairs to sit and that was almost in the walkway. I suggested that we should sit right there, which we did.  A young man, of about 23 years old, was sitting amongst us, and he seemed to be very tired and wanting to sleep.  I suggested, jokingly, that he should put the mask over his eyes if he wanted to sleep. He said that he was so scared of the Covid-19 virus. I asked him why, and he replied that he is very uncertain about life after death. I explained to him that our hope lies in the fact that we can be sure about what will happen to us after death. Unfortunately, after asking him twice, I could not get his name from behind the mask, but it sounded like Sitwe.

I immediately had his attention, and we could talk about the Gospel. Our discussion was about the wide and the narrow way. And that we are all sinners who need a saviour. He agreed that there is no good in any of us, and then I explained the Easter story about the Passover Lamb and how we can get salvation.

In the meantime, Diana slipped away to fetch a Bible and a tract in our car and brought it to us.  Around us were people who were mocking, joking, and laughing, but he gave his full attention as I explained the way of salvation. I gave him a Bible and a tract, and invited him to attend the Church, just down the road.  We promised to look out for him. We thank God again for another opportunity to share the Easter story during this time of the year.  I am surprised how little people know the truth around Easter. “Now, therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say” (Exodus 4:12).

Peet van der Merwe

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