The Joys of Ministering to International Students

Tonight, I was at an international grad student Bible study, filling in for a Crusade staff member who is at a conference.  Toward the end of the evening, I started to instruct the students how they would go through follow up lessons with a new believer.  I prefaced it with, “We’ll go through this pretty quickly, since you three already know Jesus.”  Then, Soo (pronounced “Sue”), who is from China, said, “Uh, I am not Christian.”  I looked at him and said, “Oh, then this will be really good for you!”  I couldn’t tell because his answers to the questions were very “Christian.”  What he said next was shocking and exciting wrapped up in one: “I am trying to become Christian.”

I couldn’t help but smile when I heard this.  At that moment I prayed, “Lord, make him a Christian…and soon!”  I know that God is sovereign and he calls and chooses those who will come to him.  That is first and foremost.  But I also understand that we have a responsibility to place our trust in Jesus.  The Bible says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21; Rom. 10:13).  I fully believe that.  Right now, Soo is wrestling with the truth of the Bible, the claims of Jesus, and the promises God makes in Scripture.  His childlike heart is utterly refreshing to me.  It gives me so much joy because I don’t know if I would have ever heard an American say anything close to that.

There is no doubt in my mind that Soo will soon place his dependency on Jesus and turn from darkness to light, from death to life, and experience the power and joy that comes with knowing Jesus as Lord, Savior, and Treasure.