EL CAJON, CA—When a Muslim family moved in next door to local Christian believer James Benson, the faithful Christian knew right away that God had placed the family of devoted followers of Islam in his life for a reason: so that he could pray right away that God would send someone else to share the Christian faith with them.
Claiming the Lord has placed a burden on his heart that the Maalouf family would see the light of God’s grace in the gospel, Benson set to work on His God-given mission to ask the Lord to pass the responsibility to someone else.
“I just pray that you would bring someone into this family’s life, Lord. Place a Christian near them: perhaps a next-door neighbor or something,” Benson passionately prayed Wednesday morning in fulfillment of the Almighty’s call on his life, according to sources close to him.
“Here I am, Lord. Send someone!” he added, emotion creeping into his voice as his heart was touched by the need of the family to hear the gospel.
“There are no coincidences,” Benson told reporters Wednesday. “God put this Muslim family in my life, so that I could beg Him to place someone near to them who will actually step out and witness to them about the truth of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection.”
At publishing time, Benson had begun praying that God would send someone to witness to his atheist coworker.