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Lives transformed by God’s truth

CMS missionary Kylie Zietsch teaches at Johannesburg Bible College (JBC) in South Africa. She shares how encountering the God of the Bible can change lives. 

Writing and teaching the Biblical Counselling and Care (BCC) course at JBC has been a significant privilege for me. It’s been amazing to see students apply God’s truth into the mess and pain of their lives.  

At times having to read, think, pray, and discuss difficult content is hard. But at the same time, it’s been a labour of love for me and has stretched me in many ways including growing my faith. Here is one way I have seen God using this class, specifically in the life of my student Ruby*. 

Meet Ruby 

Ruby is a third-year student at JBC. Recently she told me that our BCC course really changed her life. Ruby had been abandoned as a child and had spent the last three decades trying to numb her pain. This led her to make unwise decisions, which made her life harder and more painful.  

When she started at JBC she was closed off, not wanting to let anyone—including God—get too close to her. But as she grew in her knowledge of God, she began to realise that life in Christ is not solitary.  

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:2,4) 

Comforted by God 

Ruby explained to me that she lived in a way that kept her disconnected from others because she was afraid of being hurt. But she found that by learning to connect to God her Father through lament, she could cry out to the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). This process of being vulnerable with God then helped her to start letting others into her life.  

Another of my students started meeting and praying with Ruby on a weekly basis. And Ruby also began seeing a counsellor herself, and started working through her difficult childhood and the impact it has on her daily life.  

Transformed by grace 

It has been such a privilege to see Ruby transform, soften, and open up to people. If you met her now you wouldn’t know she had such a tragic past. She has a beautiful joy and confidence in Christ. She has started working part-time at JBC in administration and is soon to be married to a godly man. When she graduates, Ruby hopes to work with women and children in bringing the good news of Jesus to them. What a story of God’s grace and goodness!  

*  Name changed for privacy reasons. 

PRAY 

Praise God for the healing and transformation in Ruby’s life and pray that as she continues to grow, she would have opportunities to share God’s love with others.