This month was my first time to visit Sweden, and it was an incredible experience. I was invited by Pastor Paul Wang at McKinney Chinese Baptist Church in McKinney, TX. I was invited to serve as one of the teachers at the Nordic Chinese Discipleship Retreat.
I had no idea what I was walking into. I had no idea who the 74 people attending were, where they came from or what they expected from the retreat. The only two people I knew were Pastor Paul and his wife. Yet after just a few days, I felt like I was with family I had known my whole life. And, after my 2nd teaching session, I was blessed to hear how God was moving in the hearts of so many at the retreat.
While being in East Asia, I had known that God would use me to work in other people. But, I had no idea of how much he would work in me. This was my second time being in East Asia. The first time I went was only for a week and I knew I wanted to go back as soon as possible.
As soon as I got there, I was immediately thrown into meeting a group of college students. It was so exciting to talk with them. They are so different from Americans. They wanted to know everything about us right away and were all very welcoming. I met many people, but I got extremely close with a group of girls.
"And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap." Joshua 3:13
This story in Joshua is a true picture of faith. Joshua instructed the Israelites that as soon as the priests carrying the Ark stepped into the water, the waters would part and allow them to walk across dry land. It wasn't going to part until they stepped out FIRST. It goes on to say that the waters of the Jordan were flooded, but as soon as the men stepped a foot in the water, the water became still and stood straight up and the people crossed over on dry land. This allowed them passage into the Promised Land. But the important thing to note here is that God's provision came with the condition of obedience. The Israelites had to trust God by faith that the way would be provided.
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