We had another wonderful time of fellowship in our Discipleship Zoom group today.
Last week, I introduced the Church Circle, a teaching tool that covers the basics of being a disciple as well as a church. Going forward, we will dive into each of these topics with the goal of modeling how each of the group members can start a group and go through the same study with existing or new believers.
Today, we focused on the Good News. I learned that one of the students learned that there is no end in sight for their lockdown on campus. They were expecting to be able to get off campus soon but was told it could be months. He can only leave for two hours twice a week so our group is planning to do lunch with him soon and he was very excited about that. Despite this news that was really crushing to hear, he had the opportunity to share the Gospel with one of the students on his campus. This same student recently started a new Discipleship group on his campus.
This week’s training in the Good News gave him new ideas to go back and share the Gospel with his friend. While most everyone has more freedom than he does, he seems to have more social interaction that is leading him into real Great Commission work. It just shows you that while we may bemoan our trials, they could be the very catalyst our Father uses to spark a new Great Commission work through you. I believe this is where the Father’s kingdom is often counterintuitive to our way of thinking. We may be upset and even outraged by our circumstances while our Father is setting us up with eternal opportunities to save a lost soul or transform someone’s life. In fact, it was this student’s peace and calmness that drew this friend of his into a meaningful faith conversation, which caused him to ask about the believer’s faith.
While not a witnessing opportunity per se, I also had a student from India, who is now stuck in India, reach out to me this week. We had a casual exchange. But, it is interesting to see these students reach out to me during this crisis. These are all relationships that were formed during prayer walks, or spending time in cafes or restaurants near campuses. It was these prayer walks that inspired the idea of training international students like the ones in this current Discipleship group on Zoom so believing international students could reach their non-believing counterparts.
There are many Unreached/Untold People Groups from Muslim countries on these campuses. While I can build an occasional friend, it can be tricky for me to go onto one of these campuses regularly without raising red flags, especially now. Previously, in the Spring of 2019, I was working on teaching guitar on one of the campuses, but we ended doing it off campus. That is when our family got sick and the guitar class was shelved for the time being. In fact, one the greatest opportunity I have found in Asia is to disciple international students to start groups on their campuses that are student-led. This is just one of several ministry projects we are laboring towards. Thanks for continuing to pray for us.
I also want to say that this Zoom group is a blessing that comes directly from this COVID-19 crisis. The international students are the students from the fellowship where I served as elder last year. I wasn’t able to get an agreement on how to go about doing this kind of training through the fellowship so I stepped down to let the fellowship work out the details. Because of the crisis, the fellowship has not been functioning this whole time. Because the fellowship has not be functioning, we were able to just start on our own.
I think it is good to see the blessings of the Lord in the midst of major shifts in the landscape of doing life. I hope you are finding His catalyst for Great Commission work in your own life right now, no matter how small or insignificant it may appear. I’m always reminded and encouraged that Jesus said the Kingdom is like a mustard seed along with His exhortation to be faithful in the little things.
Humble yourself and be willing to associate with the lowly and the Lord will lift you up in due season. Help us to be faithful in the little things Lord. Who knows, this little Zoom group could turn into a spark of a Discipleship Movement on one of these campuses that extends beyond the country where we all currently live as foreigners and Expats.
Author: David Brown, SRC missionary in Asia
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