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.
They were already involved with a Bible study that was led by a girl who I met last year. She is a brand new believer and absolutely amazing in her faith. None of the girls are believers, but I could feel how close they are to accepting Christ.
Even though they aren’t believers yet, they still want to know so much about the Bible and what it’s like to be a Christian. When talking with one of the girls, she told me that even though she knows she isn’t ready, she also knows it’s so important for her to keep learning about the Bible. This was so convicting for me to hear.
I have been a Christian almost my whole life, and I do not have near as much drive to learn about the Bible as they do. The church that I went to while there, was also an example of this drive. It was an international church, so there were people from all over the world represented.
It wasn’t anything like an American church. They didn’t have the fancy lights, a huge stage or band. They had exactly what God provided, which was more than enough for them. When the worship started, it was the most amazing feeling.
Everyone in the room was worshiping. There were people raising their hands and singing loudly. There were even people dancing. But none of this was for anyone else, except God. I have seen people in American churches truly worshiping, but never an entire room of people who are only there because they want to worship our Lord and Savior.
After the service a man came straight up to me, I had never talked to him before and neither of us knew the others name. He told me that he saw me during worship and felt that the Holy Spirit laid something on his heart for me to hear.
He told me that God has called me to go to the nations, and that I had been desperately seeking out an answer for my future of where to go. He also said that God wanted me to know that He was growing my foundation in the stage that I am in right now, so don’t worry about what answers I don’t have yet.
When he said this to me, I was completely blown away. I had been praying for years for an answer of where God wants me to go long term. I was pretty much freaking out the past few months. I received this call when I was 15 and I still haven’t got an answer. But the minute that man spoke to me, I had an instant peace about this decision.
I still don’t have an answer, but now I pray with peace and not desperation. I was going thinking that I needed to be there for these students I was meeting, but I never knew I would need to learn so much from them. So much of my heart has changed from being around these amazing people. I pray that God worked in those around me as much as he worked in my own heart.
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