Back when I was going to school at my previous university, I met a guy outside at the pavilion—a common area on campus. He came to our club and had free lunch with us on Wednesdays. He became my friend last year, but he was leaving to go back to his home country, and I was transferring to a different university. What we didn’t know was that we were going to meet again in the near future.
We stayed connected as pen pals, and I informed him about my coming to his home country. We found the time to meet and were able to reunite. This time, however, it was different. He planned on bringing a friend who was a native of the city where I’m staying. What I wasn’t expecting, though, was his friend to be the one interested in the one true Father of all nations. It was amazing how he was asking all the right questions, as if this had been something that was on his mind for a while.
The next day, I planned and prayed that I would be able to share the Good News with them, and so we sat down. I asked them if they knew what they needed to do in order to restore their relationship with God. I let them know that he created them in his own image and deeply loves them. I also ended with leaving a time to respond and make a decision.
My prayer is that whatever shame or fear they have in either their society or families would be washed away—that God would find his way into their hearts and give them a willingness to run to him and not look back. I ask that they wouldn’t just hear the good news, but understand it, so that one day they will be the ones bearing a hundredfold and sixtyfold.
Lucas, a student at Texas A&M University, is serving with Go Now Missions in East Asia. His last name is withheld for security reasons.