Sometimes in the midst of busyness, it’s easy for me to focus on schedules instead of people. From graduating at Dallas Baptist University a month ago to living in Oregon now, it seems like my life has been going nonstop. But recently, the Lord reminded me how to slow down, seek him and simply love people.
I landed at Portland International Airport on a Saturday afternoon. The next morning, I FaceTimed with my church in Texas, and we prayed over the ministry here—specifically, that people in this physically and spiritually dark place would be touched by the light of Christ.
That night I saw our prayer answered in such a humbling way. My supervisor got a call from a friend who was having a rough night, and the conversation ended in us picking her up from her apartment to spend the night with us. When she got in our car and immediately started asking if I could stay with her for a few weeks, I knew I had made a great friend. I got to be her roommate that night.
We spent almost all day Monday with our friend, volunteering at a local nonprofit and attending house church in her apartment community that evening. Through several conversations with her, I learned about hardships from her past—family issues, homelessness and mental illness. Despite everything she had struggled through, she kept telling me she trusted the Lord to take care of her. Our friend focused on God’s faithfulness to provide her with a place to live. She told me, “If he could work that out, what do I have to be scared of?” I think we should all have faith like that.
She told me a lot of people just push her aside, but how great a blessing it was when God sent my supervisor into her life. Two weeks in, and I have seen the power of selfless relationships for the sake of the gospel. The Lord is using something as simple as friendship to spread his glory.
Riley Price, a recent Dallas Baptist University graduate, is serving with Go Now Missions as a semester missionary in Beaverton, Ore.