The following are testimonies from our team that served in East Asia this past summer. They had the chance to share the gospel with unreached and unengaged people groups.
“The Lord absolutely broke me for those in the world that have no opportunity to hear the gospel apart from people going, making disciples, and those that send. Living out the great commission is joyful and satisfying. I want to share the hope I have in Christ.”
“What touched me the most on this trip was when I was talking to a kid named Mike. I was using a portion of free time to read my Bible in my dorm. Mike walked in and said “I have a Bible too!” He then went on to tell me that he came to Christ last year at camp and that whenever he sins God tells him it’s okay, and he feels happy again. I showed him some scripture in Ephesians and he was so excited to underline the verses in his own Bible. It was such a blessing to help him grow in his faith.”
“The significant thing I saw happen was I stayed in a room with Alan and the second night he was already asking questions to me about my ‘God book.’ I tried to answer them. One of the last nights, some other people from my team talked with him and he ended up coming to faith.”
“My heart is very full. I came expecting to love the students, leaders and children, but He overwhelmed me with the magnitude of the mission work. The children were hungry not only to know and understand English better, but they craved being known and loved by our team. God also reminded me of His great work that is already underway. We don’t have to do His job for Him, just join Him in the effort.”
“One of the most meaningful moments of this trip was realizing that even though I hadn’t left yet, I already wanted to come back. I realized this after I had gotten really excited that we were making such a difference in the kids’ lives. I just wanted to stay longer and I realized that this was the area I was supposed to be serving here. When I saw and heard about how many students were being changed, I was immediately compelled to stay longer.”
“I know we are going home humbled – aware of our own advantages, but so aware that with privilege comes responsibility to share.”
“My story involves one particular girl. This girl was a return student and we made an instant connection because my friend was her group leader last year. She knows the story of my best friend but doesn’t quite understand it. She seems excited when we talk about it. After closing ceremonies she was so sad and we hugged for a long time. I went to bed with a heavy heart. I woke up in the morning and had an overwhelming desire to speak to her before leaving. Before boarding the bus I hugged her again, wiped away her tears, and told her, ‘I want you to remember the stories we told you about Christmas and Easter, and remember when you are sad or lonely, you can talk to our friend. It is what I do and I know He is always there for me.’ She nodded her head and smiled. I can only pray for her and that she will soon be part of our family. We are already connected on email and she has sent me a message. I plan on following up with her soon.”
“To be honest, I never expected this trip to have as enormous of an impact as it has on my life. My most meaningful moment not only allowed me to open up to new people, but also allowed me to experience what it is like to share His love. I was sitting in my room one night, writing in my journal, when two Chinese girls came in. These girls had recently gone to the Mango Market and bought some books in Chinese. I asked them what their book was about and followed up by asking them what their favorite story was. Then I asked them if they would like to hear my favorite story. Keep in mind that I was so nervous to share my favorite story, which is the story of God’s love, since it was my very first time sharing my faith. What if they thought less of me or wouldn’t be my friend after I told them? But, to my surprise, sharing His story was well received by the girls and although they might not believe the stories like I do, I know that I planted a seed that I hope someday will flourish.”
“I have prayed for some time now to see people as children of God, instead of just people. This experience was an answer to that prayer. Thank you for this experience. I now see firsthand the darkness that exists in areas where the sweet name of Jesus has not been fully spread.”
“Coming into this trip I did not know what to expect. There was only one thing I was sure of, God would be with me. When I first saw the conditions, I thought they were un-livable. I was wrong. They were different, but livable. I was selfish and rude about the conditions. God told me that this is how these kids live nine months a year. Why am I angry about a one week stay? He also reminded me about a previous conference I had been to. He reminded me to ‘BE LAST.’ This trip was not about me. It was about the kids I was trying to reach. Talking to five people and four telling me they believed really warmed my heart. I feel that I accomplished the reason I came.”
“Wow!! Words do no justice on how amazing this week was. Definitely far above that which I imagined it would be. So many things I could write about, but I would like to tell you one. The story we were telling that day was about Easter. We read the story to the students, then we separated into smaller groups for further explanation. Luckily, I had a girl in my group who was very fluent in English. As I would explain the story of how our Savior had risen and defeated death all to give us the power over sin, she would translate. If you still don’t see what was happening, let me be clearer. ‘A Chinese student was teaching and proclaiming the good news of the gospel.’ That’s what this trip is all about, to spread the good news to the students and they in return spread it to others. That was the first time I heard the Gospel in a different language. Although I could not understand the message, I definitely felt the power of the Spirit moving.”
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