I would like you to meet Ejad Androun.
Ejad and President Robinson
Ejad and Sister Robinson
President and I are always looking for new and different ways to share with the missionaries to help them find contacts and investigators. In August we sent out 24 introductory letters on Church letterhead that basically introduced us, told about a message of hope and happiness for everyone, would you please give us 10 minutes of your time to share this message with you when we call on you sometime in the next two weeks. Our names and phone numbers were on the letter and we signed it.
We fasted and prayed for an area in our neighborhood that the Lord would have us deliver the letters. We found one an apartment building not far from the Mission Home and picked 24 families to receive the letter.
One family was Ejad Androun from Sierra. He actually called us the next day for an appointment. We taught him three lessons, and gave him the Book of Mormon in Dutch, later in Arabic. When it became obvious that he was not all that interested in the gospel, we do as all missionaries do, dropped him. He, himself, had no idea why he let us in because it is so out of character for him to do that kind of thing. Well, we left friends and grateful for the opportunity to get to know him. We learned about his family, and that they were safe after the uprising and killings in Sierra during August and September.
Out of the blue, Ejad called us and invited us over for dinner at his apartment on Monday, September 17, 2012. Reason: He missed us and enjoys our friendship and talks. He and President have similar "sense of humors". It was a great evening, he served steak--the first I've had since Keyhole Beef in Flowell.
In turn, we then invited Ejad to our home for dinner on Monday, October 15, 2012. We had a great dinner and Ejad shared more of his life's story with us. It is amazing what this man has done in his short life. He is 33 and never been married. Quite a remarkable man. He told us he was moving to Belgium in November. We will miss him.
I don't know why the Lord had us met and develop such a great friendship. He looks to us a lot like parents, as well as friends. We are going to miss him. Only the Lord knows where this will end.