Henrique was browsing Facebook and noticed a profile that caught his eye.
“When he saw me among his list of suggested friends, he was curious and visited my page. There he saw that I was an Adventist pastor,” says Willy Cruz, a volunteer in New Zealand.
They had no mutual friends on Facebook; for Henrique, it was God’s response. He got in touch with Cruz by message and there began a friendship and a great effort to be understood in a language which neither of them spoke: English.
Cruz volunteers at an Adventist college in New Zealand. Brazilian, he also served in Uruguay and Argentina. When he received the first message in August, he was surprised. From there he started to exchange Bible verses and introduce Henrique to the Adventist Church.
Just over a month later, the young Pakistani expressed interest in visiting an Adventist church. It was then that Willy contacted other Adventist volunteers around the world in search of a pastor in that region. Through a young woman who served in East Timor, he found another volunteer, a Pakistani, who said that her uncle was a pastor in that region. They connected him with Henrique.
Thereafter, the local church welcomed the family and began to teach Bible studies personally. Today they attend the Adventist Church and are getting to know Adventists better.
Just as these people connected via the internet during the period of social isolation, thousands more used Bible study platforms, videos, podcasts, and more to speak and learn more about the gospel.