As the food was being passed out, a man named Daniel approached Isaac and I and asked if we would pray for him to get a job. He said that he had 3 children and a wife, has his papers in order, and has been putting in his application to various locations. We said of course, and all held hands as I prayed for God to provide a job. I hadn't said amen yet, when Daniel started his own prayer:
"God, I don't know if you will listen to me, but I want to be honest with you. I know that I am bad. I drink and I smoke and I steal. But I want to change. I want to be different. I want to follow you and obey the laws that you made and I want to provide for my family. I want to be a good husband and a good dad. I want to make money, not to buy things that I used to, but to provide for my family. I hope you listen to me God because this is coming from my heart. Help me to be different."
In all my years of being in church and on the mission field, I have never heard a prayer of repentance like this man prayed. It wasn't prompted by an "accept Jesus in your heart" invitation, or a call to repent of one's sins. But just as the Bible says that it's the Holy Spirit that convicts people of sin, I saw the Holy Spirit work in this man's heart and cause him to repent and draw near to God. Amazing.