Austin’s parents worked hard, but finances were difficult. The family had other problems, too, and felt little peace in their home. Then they met a Global Mission evangelist who shared the Bible with the family. Although the family had been Christians for years, this man taught a message they had never heard before. He visited the home and studied with Austin’s mother. After the man left, she read the Bible passages for herself to be sure that what the man taught was true. She could find no error in the man’s teachings. Convinced, she asked to be baptized and become a member of the Adventist Church. A year later, Austin’s father also joined the Adventist Church.
“Our financial problems didn’t clear up,” Austin says. “But we had a peace we had never known before. We realized that no matter how big our problems are, God can carry us through.”
The family moved to Mumbai, a large city in western India. Austin’s father worked hard to support the family. Mother began tutoring neighborhood children to earn extra money. Joyfully she tithed her meager earnings. Father worried that the family wouldn’t have enough money to meet their needs if Mother tithed, but he saw that God blessed her faith, and more students wanted her tutoring services. Today she has more than 100 students, and Father has begun tutoring now. And he gladly returns God’s tithe and his offerings.
When people ask the family why they don’t tutor on Saturday, the family shares God’s love through His commandments. There is no Adventist church in the area where the family lives, so they welcome those who wish to worship to their home on Sabbath. About 15 people regularly attend, 10 of whom are baptized members.
Austin’s parents have been strong examples of sharing God’s love with others. His mother visits homes of those in need and shares what she can along with God’s Word. Many people know the truth now because of her ministry. Austin and his brother also are sharing God’s truth with teachers and fellow students and inviting them to worship in their home. “It’s a great privilege to have a part in spreading the everlasting gospel,” he says. “I’m grateful for the faithfulness of that Global Mission evangelist who first taught my parents God’s truth. It’s changed our lives forever.”
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Austin Navis and his parents share their faith in Mumbai, India.