Three Mountains, one trail back home.
In June I traveled to Uganda. I experienced the aftermath of the Gospel spreading and Jesus working in the hearts and lives of His followers. God reminded me of His gospel and my need of Him through their stories and lives.
During one of my last days in Uganda, we participated in the dedication of their new dormitory. It was a special and blessed moment as we were privileged to build the dorm alongside the students and teachers. It wasn't just our team blessing the school anymore; the people of Uganda participated with us and that was the echoing theme during our time there. On the way down to the bus, after the ceremony, I had this distinct feeling that God was reminding me that these past weeks were only the beginning of what would be a crazy summer. For many, the conclusion of a trip to Uganda, a dorm dedication and climbing on a bus to head back to the United States would be the climax of their summer.
there were two main things that stood out the most. The first of these was the story one man shared with me about a church he attended in Taiwan. He explained that the church was started because the people in the church were introduced to Jesus Christ and started following Him during their time attending college in the states. As I discussed and asked him about the importance of going to share the Gospel in nations that have limited access to the Gospel, he explained the importance of sharing in the University setting back in the states. This alone had a significant impact on the past 6 months.
International Students on our Campus.
As I learned in Thailand, the work that others are doing around the world can be and should be done here. At Oregon State University, I learned that there are about 4,000 International Students present on our campus this year. As my friend David explained, many of these students are from nations that we as Americans and more specifically, Christian's simply cannot enter. So when they come to live in our country, on our campuses for 6 months to upwards of 4 years to complete their education, it is an amazing opportunity for ministry. If just one student from each country that we are restricted from came to know Jesus, then that student could go back and bring the Gospel in, introducing their family and friends to Jesus Christ.
Secondly, God used Thailand to move me...
God moved me to another nation in Asia. In Thailand I made some friends who were working in another Asian country, and they were one of the many to invite me to come and see what Jesus is doing around the world. It was through my experiences in Thailand that God brought me to experience hands on, the real work of a missionary on field. About two weeks after I returned to the states, I boarded a plane back to Asia.
So Now What?
Well, I have been back at Oregon State University for about six months now and God is moving. He has been helping me learn how to build relationships with the International Students on my campus, He has been teaching me about how to pray, how to depend on Him, to walk with Him.
Over the past six months, at my house we have started two ways that we are seeking to trust God in. The first is that we as a house of 37 as well as other Christians from around our campus, meet to pray for our city on a weekly basis. We pray for each other and for God to give us opportunities to make disciples, we also pray for those that we are intentionally getting to know, that He would work in their hearts.
And three months ago, we started something that missionaries do in other countries to serve the college students and share the Gospel. Some call it an English Corner, here at OSU we are calling it Conversation Corner. Every week we invite and host international students at our house, providing snacks, a fun and goofy game to play with each other, and lastly we pair up to talk about life, helping them practice their English. It has been a fun way to get to know the international students on our campus, and also serve them. We have even had the opportunity for some of them to join us at church.