Myth: Reaching that nations for Christ requires a passport
Recently I feel like I've been living out Acts 16:6 in real time when Paul's team is diverted from Asia by the Holy Spirit to reach Phrygia & Galatia. For God changed plans for a 2012 outreach in Japan (tsunami relief and church planting efforts in Miyako). I think this makes it the 4th attempt to visit Japan in which God has diverted us.
However, what's been impressed upon me is that despite the circumstances I haven't been granted a "free pass" on evangelism. I think a Christar Missionary put it best: "Nothing magical happens on the plane to another country. If you're not a missionary here, you won't be a missionary there."
Fortunately, I was invited by a classmate to visit HIS International ministries, where international students are invited to lunch each week. Joining them for lunch I've been able to meet several students from China who don't know Christ as their personal savior. Its been a learning experience to sit and listen to them tell me about China, food, and faith. Language barriers abound too. Since I can't speak a word of Chinese, we're having a good time making sure we know what we're saying to each other. Fortunately, the students I've spoken with feel it's good English practice.
Be praying that God would continue bringing international students to HIS International's great ministry and that God would establish divine appointments for internationals to meet with believers while they study here in the states. Please be praying for me too, that I would have the boldness to share my faith despite the language barriers. It's a blessing to see what God is doing right in our own backyards and be invited to tag along in the process!
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Brett & Beth record their milestones in academia and medicine as they roam far and wide with Jethro, Edessa, and Genevieve in tow.