Her name is Tigest


This is Tigest and her two sons Danny and Teddy

“When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter ).”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:37-42‬ ‭NIV‬‬

She invited us in.  I immediately saw the tears forming in her eyes.  They were tears of loneliness and despair.  Though the tears brimmed to overflowing, her eyes were dull because of hopelessness and desperation.  I think it had been a long time since anyone had visited her or offered her genuine kindness or compassion.  Her husband had left her and her sons.  This left her an outcast and poverty stricken with hardly any means of supporting herself or her twin sons.  Her tears stirred each of us.  My friends and I felt the compassion that Jesus must have felt as He walked upon this earth.

The day Andrew led his brother, Simon, to Jesus, Simon was waiting for the promised Messiah to come and deliver Israel from Roman oppression.  Andrew had met The Messiah.  Andrew had been filled with hope because he had spent a day with The Hope of Israel.  Andrew went straight away to find his brother Simon so Simon could experience Hope.  Andrew met Jesus and that meeting propelled him to lead his brother to Jesus.

That is what my friends and I felt that day we met Tigest.  We knew Jesus.  We had hope.  She had no hope.  We led her to Jesus,  The Hope of all the world.  She held my hand as each of us told her of our Lord.  With each word spoken to her, her grip became stronger.  I couldn’t understand the words spoken to her but I could sense belief dawning in her eyes as my friends told her the Truth of Jesus.  Samuel led her in a prayer of salvation as all of us circle around Tigest laying hands on her as Samuel prayed.  I could see tears falling to the ground.  I didn’t know if they were mine or Tigest or a combination of all gathered.  All I did know was they were tears of cleansing washing away hopelessness and despair.  When Tigest lifted her face I saw the bright shining look of a child of God.  She is now part of a great big family. She now belongs to God. He sees her as a royal princess.  She is now my sister in Christ.  If I never see her again this side of heaven, I know one day we will be sitting together at a great banqueting table worshipping the Lamb of God.

Tigest, her name means patience.  She had been patiently waiting for someone to show her the love of Christ.  We entered her home as the hands, the feet, and the heart of Christ.  She felt the love of Christ that day and she followed us as we led her to her Savior.