David wasn’t having much luck sharing Dad’s story with his friends.
For months and months, he would go out on campus with one of our long-term workers, Enoch, to share God’s story with friends and strangers alike. He watched with equal parts joy and frustration as Enoch would tell students
about God’s love (in a second language, no less) and see them decide to follow Him – while David struggled to even garner interest.
But that all changed when Enoch took David to an underground church conference this past summer. David had the chance to interact with leaders and shepherds from all over Asia. He was shocked to discover, though, that these leaders don’t spend the bulk of their time sharing God’s story.
Our long-term worker, Enoch, shared this story with us a few weeks ago when he flew home for the holidays. He told us that he doesn’t know exactly what happened in David’s heart at that point, but he thinks he had a revelation that was something along these lines: “If these guys, the leaders of the Asian church, aren’t sharing God’s story like crazy, who is? If they won’t do it, I will – even if I don’t see any fruit.”
And so David started sharing the Gospel like crazy, even skipping events that he’d been looking forward to for weeks to share God’s story with his friends. And people have started coming to know Jesus because of it.
I was so encouraged to hear Enoch tell us about how God is using David to impact his campus for Christ As easy as it is sometimes to glorify missionaries (or even the persecuted church), David is just a college student – one of 30 million in his country alone. He’s just an ordinary kid who had his life changed by an extraordinary G0d.
It reminds me of this quote from Oswald Chambers: “The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. God calls us to His service and places tremendous responsibilities on us. He expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part. God wants to use us as He
used His own Son.”
And he wants to use people like you and me, too, not just David and Enoch. I hope you find that reminder as encouraging as I do!
As far as my work goes, it has been a busy and exciting new season. I’m now spending most of my time working in the office, and continuing to take on and learn more of the financial ropes around here. Moving forward, I’ll also have the opportunity to start helping with training events for our new workers, which I’m very excited about!