Iron Sharpening IronRich Stigall
Several years ago a Youth Pastor cared enough to cut through the noise and pour Truth into a young man. He connected with him, invested in him, pointed him to Jesus, and set his life on a God-honoring course. This young man chose a profession of helping people and took his nursing skills to Haiti to care for the least of these. As an adult, Erik Bayer sought out his former Youth Pastor, John Nadasi, to thank him. “You inspired me,” Erik said with gratitude.
More recently, Erik and his wife, Jamie, walked a deep valley. Their daughter, Ivy, went straight to glory. In their pain, their love for their daughter and their faith in the promises of Jesus resulted in The Ivy Bayer House of Hope, a place of refuge for orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti. Ivy’s life helps give life to other children. In the process, Erik inspired John.
John Nadasi and his wife are now investing in the lives of orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti. He told us that he wants to travel to Haiti with Erik and serve alongside him.
Like many Christian phrases, Iron Sharpens Iron gets tossed around a lot. That said, just as when one comes face to face with Jesus, we do recognize the real thing when we see it, and we are grateful. Erik and John – iron sharpening iron.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17