The Fajfrs

„Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God, whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.“ Hebrews 13.7

When we are thinking about sister Ruth Fajfr, the above verse always emerges in our mind. I would like to mention just one of many encounters we experienced with so precious sister. Lets start with some introduction. During our studies we have known her by her invitation to practice our English (she was really brave we thought, probably she had no idea how poor our English was). The invitation was to read from the Scripture and to share. We were visiting the Fajfr’s house regularly. Their house was open for the guests any time. The time spent with Ruth was very encouraging,  she had a lot of to share and we were learning a lot of her stories, but mainly her character (for example the Fajfr’s were generous and hospitable, every time we were offered something to eat and to drink, it was very significant for us as the students, although the food was not the reason of our visits). We were observing the life of the couple. Little by little we realized that many of the students, their friends and the neighbours, both Christians and non-Christians were visiting Fajfr’s home. More guests, more students, Olga, Patrik, Misko, Ivana… Some of them became Christians, some still need make a decision towards the Lord.

I would like to mention one story we experienced with sister Ruth, that I will remember forever. Me and my wife Eva graduated. We made a decision to marry soon and to start our own family. We engaged and we were thinking about the marriage and the flat that year. There was no rent of the house or a flat in that time and we needed a place to stay. It would not be such a problem to buy or to get a flat for free or for 30000 Slovak crowns half year ago, during the socialism. But now, in a short period, after the velvet revolution everything has been changed. The prices increased rapidly, people were buying almost everything because of the fear connected with the new price policy. The price for our flat raised 4 times in our city. We were in a shock. With a sorrow we shared and explained the situation with sister Ruth. Do you know what did she do? She rise, rubbed her hands together and with the mysterious smile and a special fire (shine) in her eyes said: „The Lord has his plan, He will provide!“, and she added: „I am looking forward to seeing how the Lord is going to solve your situation.“. And she prayed. I thought: „Well, she is from America, she can hardly understand our situation. She would have got in, if her income had been 1400 Sk.“. We were able to save just a few crowns in a month… 

My view has been changed. Sister Ruth was right! The Lord provided! We have managed to buy a flat in the miraculous circumstances. The Lord continues with His care. It was good lesson we have learned from Ruth, „The Lord will provide!“ We want to obey the command of the letter for the Jews 13.7, and we want to remember and to follow the sister Ruth faith. We made a commitment to open our department, to share the truth of the Scriptures with our neighbours and friends, to serve people through His example and to trust Him in everything. Do not forget, He has a plan, and He will provide! Would you like to experience it too?


Zilina, October 14, 2002

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