The couple was arguing so much that they decided to get a divorce.
After setting a date for the pretrial, the wife got a toothache. She went to a dentist and heard Christian music in the background. She asked the dentist to explain the lyrics, so he told her about sin and salvation.
Intrigued, she asked the dentist for a Bible, and he said, “I will give you one when you come back next week to finish the procedure.” She eagerly returned a week later—for the Bible and to get the tooth finished. The dentist gave her a Bible and told her a pastor would come to visit her.
The woman agreed, and a few days later the pastor came. They had barely gotten started in the Bible study that first day when she blurted out, “What does the Bible say about divorce?”
The pastor swallowed, whispered a prayer for guidance, and tried to steer the discussion back to a more general topic. But the woman wouldn’t be turned aside from the one thing that was burning in her heart.
Finally, the pastor told her what Jesus said about divorce. She was furious. “That just isn’t possible in today’s world,” she shouted.
The pastor nodded understandingly but encouraged her to keep reading her Bible and to start praying for her husband and her marriage. At first, she was upset, but she didn’t stop the studies.
Day after day, they studied other things Jesus said and did. And each time the woman came back to arguing about why you couldn’t follow what Jesus said about divorce. But on her own she quietly began to pray, and something began to happen inside her.
The night before the pretrial, she told her husband she had changed her mind and didn’t want a divorce. He was stunned and suspicious. When he asked her why, she said simply, “I have accepted Jesus as my Savior, and divorce is against His will.” He didn’t say anything, and she couldn’t tell how he was feeling.
The next day she told the judge that she no longer wanted a divorce. She waited, expecting her husband to say he still did. But he looked long at her and then turned to the judge and said, “Neither do I.”
The husband was curious about the change he had seen coming over his wife. He wanted to know more about the Bible and the Jesus she spoke of. So, she gave him her Bible, and he began reading it. Soon he started coming to church and attending Bible studies. His life began to change too. And when she was baptized, you could see the joy on his face as he watched.
Today this woman says that Jesus is in her life because of a dentist who shared the gospel quietly through his work.
There are many parts of the world where traditional church workers have a hard (or impossible) time getting visas and work permits. But dentists, engineers, teachers, accountants, nurses, marketing specialists, and other professionals can often take a job in those countries and begin to quietly live their lives as followers of Jesus. We call them tentmakers since their ministry is patterned after the apostle Paul's.
If you would like more information on being a tentmaker, please visit te.adventistmission.org. And please enter your professional information into the Adventist Professionals’ Network (apn.adventist.org), a secure database set up by the General Conference and regularly searched by the General Conference and its institutions when we are looking for a worker or a tentmaker.
May God help us find and place dedicated Adventists in every city, community, and business who can do as this dentist did—quietly live their life as a follower of Jesus.
The 10/40 Window
The 10/40 Window, stretching from northern Africa into the Middle East and Asia, is home to two-thirds of the world’s population, most of the world’s least-reached countries and people groups, and the fewest Christians. Please support Global Mission pioneers in the 10/40 Window, by visiting Giving.AdventistMission.org.
Homer Trecartin is the director of the Global Mission Centers and Tentmakers for the Office of Adventist Mission.