While he was visiting Kurdistan, JP Lindsey met a young refugee who had never heard the gospel before. The woman, an 18-year-old soccer player, had joined the Kurdish paramilitary because of the oppression she faced as a Kurdish woman who believed in the “wrong kind” of Islam. Before talking to JP, she didn’t know anything about Jesus. All she knew was that she didn’t like religion.
“Well, you’re in luck,” JP told her, “because Jesus didn’t like religion either.”
After talking for a while, JP decided to tell the young woman the story of Jairus from Mark 5.
When he got to the part where Jairus’s servants tell him that his daughter is dead, she gasped and almost began to cry.
“She was so into the story,” JP said. “I had to tell her ‘just keep listening.’ She was so engaged. She never heard anything like that before.”
JP had to leave soon after he finished his story. But before he left, he told the young woman that Jesus was focused on having a relationship with her, not on religion.
“I couldn’t do anything else with her because we had no time,” JP said. “But I knew she has that story. She has God’s Word in her heart.” He takes confidence in Isaiah 55:10–11:
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”