14And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple of the city of Thyatira, one that worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened to give heed unto the things which were spoken by Paul. 15And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage
After Kamal's accident, he was taken in to recuperate by a Christian family in the USA. The great love shown him by this family was all too strange for Kamal who had been a Jihadist fighter from age seven. Yet this family trusted him—a merciless killer—and showered him with the most love.
Mrs. Ma's fear of getting turned back after enduring starvation and journeying a 100 miles with her little son to a mission compound where she hoped to find healing for her blind eyes were completely quashed when they arrived. For with loving kindness they were received, fed and her sight in one eye restored after she was operated upon. Eventually, she became a Christian and worker at the mission hospital she was treated.
"Our house belongs to the Lord Jesus, therefore regard it as your dwelling-place whenever you come to Baku” were the sweet words of Dr. Baedeker's Christian hosts, and so warm was their hospitality that he remarked; "We may teach them from the Word; but they act the Word, and leave us far behind.”
Not long after his release from a Chinese prison, Geoffrey Bull met an old friend; a Chinese Christian who gladly invited him to come stay with his family. While there, Mr. Bull enjoyed not just wonderful hospitality from this Christian brother, but also great fellowship with other believers.
Jonathan Goforth shares how the decision arrived at in prayer, to open up their new home to all locals for sightseeing, helped make the work of reaching and evangelizing to the people easier. As it made the people see them as friends and not just strangers.
Khalida lost her pregnancy, broke her left arm, fractured both legs but somehow still survived a bomb attack at her church in Pakistan that left over a hundred other believers dead. So great was her joy when in the midst of her suffering and deteriorating health, she learned that believers in far away America were not only praying for her but had pulled resources together to help her get the best medicare possible.
During Costas Macris's convalescence, he - together with his family - enjoyed great care, hospitality and generosity from members of Christ's body at Hope Church. They took them as family and provides for all their needs, the church became an oasis of nurture and of healing for the Macris's.
While still trying to settle her guest in, a mother, her twin children, husband and father - who had been exiled by their people appeared on her yard seeking shelter. Hospitably, Mary Slessor ("Ma") received her uninvited guests; fed them, sheltered them, attended to the twins and had her guest comfort the weeping mother.
Moody's kindness and hospitality to a complete stranger helped the stranger accept the Lord Jesus into his life. Much later, when even Moody had forgotten this stranger, he received a letter from the thankful brother.
A chanced encounter with Billy Graham at a conference was all Micheal—who had before that life-changing moment been self-loathing—needed to to know that even he was loved by God. The love showed him by Billy Graham in the few moments they spoke left a mark upon his life and soon, he too became a partaker of the abundant life like Billy Graham.
A whole family is gradually brought to Christ. Each of them converted at different point, from the youngest to the grandmother.
Mildred Cable writes effusively about a native Chinese Christian called Elder Chang, she writes of the great hospitality they received during the few weeks they were his guests. In her words, they were made to "feel at home"!
To Believe But Also to Suffer, The Story of Today's Heroes Behind the Iron Curtain Marguerite Warburton
Members of the Slavic Gospel Association were blessed to enjoy the humble, yet heartwarming hospitality of a poor Christian family on the Soviet Border. They had only a little, yet they were very pleased to share it with others.
The ten Booms' were a genuinely Christian family and they opened up their home hospitably to receive many fellow believers and strangers alike. They didn't have much yet, joyously, they shared the little they had with others.