I have a friend I’ve been talking to all semester. He is a really nice guy, always very polite. I have spent a lot of this semester talking to him about the gospel and sometimes just talking to him about life. My friend is a very rational thinker. Some of the things mentioned in the Bible are hard for him, because they take faith and are sometimes hard for him to believe. I pray for him a lot.
My friend came to the weekly study I held at my apartment. Toward the end of the study, I asked him how he felt about everything he learned this semester. He told me he was very happy with what he had learned, how everything seemed good and right. He told me he didn’t understand it all, and some things were hard to believe. But he wants to learn more and will continue to read the Bible and learn as much as he can.
Obviously that’s not the answer I really want to hear. I want him to know that God loves him, that Christ paid the debt for his sins, and there is something better to live for. But I appreciate his answer. It is an honest answer, even though people here sometimes just oblige you because you’re a foreigner. All I can do is put my trust in my Father, the only one who can change people’s hearts and change people’s lives.
Jon, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso, recently returned from East Asia, where he served with Go Now Missions. His last name is withheld for security reasons.