China On My Mind
by Phil Martin
Lexi is a girl we met at English corner about two months ago. She is an exchange student from China and unfortunately, she is only staying for one semester. She goes back June 27th.
Lexi came to my house one Sunday afternoon after church and she asked a lot of questions about the sermon and the Bible. Later, I asked her if she would be interested in studying the Bible with me and she said yes. She told me she went to Sunday school as a kid but when her family moved to a new city she could not find a church. This astonished me. How can someone want to go to church and look throughout a city and not find one. This is hard for me to understand because I live in a country where there are dozen of churches in a square mile.
Lexi told me when she would meet any foreigner she would always ask if they were a Christian. The ones that replied yes would usually say something like this, “Oh I don’t know, I actually don’t know why Moses did this, and why the Old Testament says that, and why Jesus did that.” And the missionaries she would meet in China would discourage her from going or attending a church because they told her it was too dangerous.
I am in awe because I have heard stories similar to Lexi’s experience but never met anyone who proved it to be true. I am challenged by this confirmation of the need for churches and discipleship in China. I am amazed at how God pursues people. Whether it’s to believe in His son or recruit someone for His mission.
Last week Lexi told me she wants to know what she needs to do to be a christian and she wants to believe that the Bible is God’s word.
Please pray that Lexi’s curiosity would turn into faith. Pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to help me and fill me up with the proper words and teaching with boldness and power. Pray that God would continue to lead Phil and I as we consider global missions and where God is taking us next.