A Divine Set-Up Lead to an Eventual Eternal Family Member

While some of my friends are adopting children from this area, others are growing their families by adding children from other countries.  My new family members are from Asia and Africa. In an effort keep my posts short, I will tell you about only one this week, JC.

My new sister became a believer about a month ago. The day before I met her in June, I heard myself say in frustration, “And here we sit in our church while God joycebrings internationals to our community. But we don’t work to get to know them.” Later that day I pondered where that comment came from, I was surprised by the passion I felt when I said those words. I told God, “If You put someone into my life, I will pursue it. But I will not sign-up with an organization to assign me a student.”

The very next morning, unexpected circumstances lead me to JC (I want to protect her identity). We had an immediate bond. Many times when I introduce myself, I seem to come on too strong, but I think she would have come home with me within ten minutes of our meeting. Instead we exchanged information, and started our adventure the next day.

For six months she was a college professor visiting our campus to get ideas to take back to her university in Asia. Our experience in the Middle East prepared my husband and I for different norms, so we embraced her culture. Studying abroad was normal for her so she was willing to try anything or go anywhere with us. She introduced my husband and I to her Asian friends, food and customs. It was just as important for her to educate us as it was for us to teach her.

We introduced her to boating, our friends, and church family. I took her to a wedding, baby shower, and funeral. She drove my car to get her American driver’s license. I bought Mandarin/ English Bibles for her and a few of the professors, but only JC attended worship services and Bible studies. 

sewingI think it was on our second outing she said, “I feel so close to you; why are you so nice to me?”

I responded: “Well first of all, I do try to be nice to everyone, but you make it very easy. Also I feel an unusual love for you. You should know, the day before I met you, God told me, ‘Watch for someone from another country.’ When I realized Monday morning that the only other student in the yoga class wasn’t American, I knew God had arranged for us to meet.”

God also organized for JC to meet other American and Asian believers. She had grown-up with absolutely no concept any god, and certainly not one of Jesus. She loved the music at church and sang every song. She kept her phone out to translate words like righteousness, redemption, hallelujah, and baptism into Mandarin. Being a children’s minister, I can explain the most challenging spiritual concepts with a very basic vocabulary. I was very careful to only give small portions of biblical concepts, knowing that in God’s timing the Holy Spirit would help her understand.

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

by Anonymous

I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
no turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, I still will follow;
though none go with me, I still will follow;
though none go with me, I still will follow;
no turning back, no turning back.

My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
my cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
my cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
no turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me;
the world behind me, the cross before me;
the world behind me, the cross before me;
no turning back, no turning back.

After listening to JC sing those words, I asked her if she meant them. She said, “Yes, they are very powerful.” She went on to explain that her family thinks it is okay for her to be Christian in America. But they want to be normal when she comes home; therefore, she was concerned about returning to her family.

I asked, “Remember how I told you from the beginning of our relationship that meeting was planned by God?” She nodded yes.joce

I listed all of her new Christian friends who are also faculty at our university. “Did any of the other Asian professors go to faculty’s homes and talk about Jesus?”

She said, “No. And none of them moved in with a Christian couple either.”

“JC, there are many believers in your city too. It is just God was waiting to introduce you to them.  It is not an accident that you met all of us. God already has people ready to help you grow stronger in your faith when you return home. You just need to watch and listen to Him.”

It was so beautiful as she realized the truth that God not only loved her enough to save her from her sins. He loved her enough to give her believing friends when she returns home. We spoke of the ways that I will be able to communicate with her once she leaves.

I am so grateful to God that we share a spiritual family. I am so thankful, that God is big enough to take care her a continent away. I do not doubt that He will send others to disciple her. My job for the remaining time is make sure her dependence is on the faithful, all-powerful one, not me. Just thinking of taking her to the airport makes me cry.  It is always so hard to say good-bye to the ones I love. But it is so wonderful to know that our sisterhood will continue on into eternity.

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Please pray:

  • That her family will also become believers when they see the peace and joy in her life.
  • That she will know how and when to speak of her faith.
  • That she will connect with other believers.

 

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2 thoughts on “A Divine Set-Up Lead to an Eventual Eternal Family Member

  1. Nice job, Jayna! I have experienced what you’re sharing a number of times. It is a beautiful thing what our God is doing, building His family composed of people from every tribe, tongue and nation. It’s especially powerful when He allows us to take part in that process. I enjoyed reading your post!

    • jaynac@att.net

      Thank you! Once my daughter and son-in-law get settled I want to become better acquainted with your ministry. I am posting about their wedding on Tuesday.

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