Four countries were represented at Wednesday night Bible Study, and a very important snack question came up 🙂 What is this local fruit called in English? Our friends were surprised to learn that we don’t have a word for it, because it doesn’t exist in the US. Small and sour or sweet depending on its ripeness, alucha is its own thing entirely…and we like it!
As we’ve been praying Psalm 24:7-10, we feel God opening up those ancient doors–thank you for praying. As we shared last week, two of our English students took copies of John home with them. At one student’s lesson on Monday, she told me that she read the whole thing, and wanted more! This hunger is an answer to prayer and so exciting–praise God! We had a great discussion about the book of John, the beliefs of different types of Christianity, and so much more. K has accepted an invitation to attend a Bible study at our house on Wednesday night. Please continue to pray for her as God opens her eyes and heart to himself.
After a few last minute cancellations and additions, we set off for the international student conference with 22 students. We are so very thankful for the group that God assembled–there was a special closeness that we all experienced. Fun, games, and food abounded, but so did deep topics, conversations, and vulnerable sharing. We spent time considering journeys, both literal and our life stories. K shared his spiritual journey, and students were asked to create their own lifeline.
When given the opportunity to share with the group, we were overwhelmed with the response. Many students opened up, and it was such a gift (both hard and precious) to hear what many of them have already endured and overcome in life. As we ended our time together, students were challenged to consider the difference between false peace and true and lasting peace. Representing multiple faith backgrounds, and several nations, we are trusting that God is at work in each life, no matter where they are in their journey. Thank you for praying so faithfully!
Recently, we introduced a friend from the Middle-East to buffalo chicken wings–he’s a fan! (Picture above: used oil to be discarded). During the conversation, he quickly began talking about the death, destruction, and chaos he experienced as a young boy living in a country at war and occupied by a foreign military. The trauma continues for him 20 years later.
So many people here in GM, across our region, and around the world have been or are being impacted by war. As we continue to minister to this friend and others in the coming weeks, please pray that they will experience the Prince of Peace and find true healing.
On Saturday nights, we host and lead a hangout for international students from various religious backgrounds. We love this group of young people, and have wanted to host a weekend conference with them for a long time. It’s finally happening! Please be praying for our time together May 6-8 as we continue conversations about identity, and have more time and space to sit together, eat together, laugh together, and share the love of Jesus in whatever ways the Holy Spirit leads. May God open these minds and hearts to Jesus. Thank you for standing with us!