Georgia pastor leads Cuban men to Christ using Google Translate app
A pastor in Georgia was able to lead two Cuban men to faith in Jesus with the help of Google’s language translation app.
James Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, told Baptist Press that neither of the men – Bartolo or Osmani – spoke English. And he didn’t speak Spanish.
But, thanks to the Google Translate app, what was meant to be nothing more than a furniture purchase turned out to be “one of the greatest testimonial experiences I’ve ever had in my life.” Said the pastor.
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Merritt said he and his wife “always keep leaflets with us in English and Spanish”, but he really wanted to engage with the two guys in a more meaningful way. It was then that he decided to give the Translate app a try.
While they were talking, Osmani learned that Merritt was a pastor and decided to call his wife, who is already a Christian, to tell her. His wife then asked Merritt to share the gospel with her husband and Bartolo.
This is exactly what Merritt did, and the two men became Christians.
The Georgia preacher said it was clear the Holy Spirit was involved in the meeting.
“The involvement of the Holy Spirit had to be on the whole situation,” he said on the exit. “They were ready to go and get out of their homes. I was just going to hand them a flyer on the way out when I randomly thought about using Google Translate. I ended up using the audio feature where you can just talk into the app and it will translate for you. I didn’t even know this feature existed before.
Merritt emphasized the value of using technology to share the gospel.
“I started to wonder how many apps I could use to share the gospel,” he said. “You no longer need to carry a large black Bible wherever you go. You have things like the Bible app and so many other resources on your phone that you can use to share the gospel. God honored my intention to share the gospel and reminded me that I had a tool for this in my hand.
Every day a job is done to translate the scriptures into another language. And many of the translations already done are available on smartphones through apps like YouVersion.
Faithwire reported last fall that the Bible is now even fully accessible to those in the deaf community. The recently published translation, the American Sign Language Version, marks the first time that all scripture has been made available to the deaf community.
It is not our job as Christians to condemn people or make them believe in Jesus. However, it is our duty to be available to be used by God to share the Gospel with those around us, using the tools at our disposal.
Merritt said it is essential for believers to be intentional about evangelism.
“Most of the time we do what we really intend to do,” he said. “So every day I ask God to allow me to serve someone by sharing the gospel. Try to turn the daily conversations you have into gospel conversations. “