Our tiny bright apartment was once again filled with laughter and love, as it always is on Sunday evenings. Despite the tight squeeze and lack of seating for 13 girls, everyone is anticipating the evening. Singing, worshiping, studying, laughing, playing, it’s so warm and cozy and imagining a different atmosphere would be impossible. I have grown to love our little NYC style “smaller than a breadbox” apartment and more than that I have grown to love the atmosphere of safety and love that we have created in our home.
Believers in Jesus and non-believers come and love every minute here. One girl named Catherine has been coming since the beginning. She’s actually not a student but just graduated and lives very near the campus. Clive met her at an English corner and found that she was very into “New Age” spiritually –astrology and the like. She had many questions about Jesus, but seemed really confused on what was the truth. It was evident to them that the Father led her to us. I love when He does that!
Since I’ve gotten to know her, I’ve found her to be one of the most inquisitive and insightful people I’ve ever met. She’s amazing! She is so hungry to know about our Father and slowly the misconceptions that she had in the beginning are turning around. Every week at our Sunday Bible studies, the eyes of her understanding are open more and more. In most recent times she has been explaining the passages to us with incredible understanding and clarity.
At the end of this particular night as I made peanut butter and jelly on crackers for all to try, I asked her what she thought about Jesus compared to the other new age stuff. To my surprise actually, she said that she thinks she believes in Jesus. The one thing that caught her attention so much is that He is humble. She could not find that quality in any other religion or belief she had studied. She said that it was really incredible and her heart was moved by it.
That led into an awesome time of sharing her heart and some things that she was seeking the Father’s direction on. We prayed together and it was a powerful time. I know that the Father was touching her heart, but she still was not ready to fully believe and fully receive Him. So she left it saying that she would go home and pray and think about all we talked about.
I’m meeting with her on Friday for lunch to see how she’s doing. Please pray that she would open up her heart to the Lord fully and that the things of old would pass away and the new would come.