Elias is the most humble man that I think I’ve ever had in my class. Howard told me that he had never learned how to read until recently and now he’s in Bible School. I understand he came out of drug rehab and now works to help others in the same addiction. After our interview today he asked me “Is it normal to feel afraid when you have to speak in front of a lot of people?” He said, “Whenever I have to stand in front of people to speak this great terror comes over me and I can’t think.” I said, “Yes, it’s normal. Used to happen to me and still does at times, but usually once you have thoughts from the Lord in your heart to share that nervousness goes away. Besides, it’s good that we are not self confident. It makes us cry out to God in all we do.”

Elias can now read and does a good job reading out loud the sections I give him to read in class. He doesn’t know some Bible words. Like today in class he asked what “transgressions” meant.

Elias is a pleasant person. He asked me today who I was sending the video to. I said to about 150 people who were interested in his life and wanted to pray for him. His eyes lit up real big and he said, “thank you”.

Here’s his interview from this morning:

“God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;  and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” 
1 Corinthians 1:27-29