in christ alone

Written by a Cafe 1040 map Student

It has been a little over a month since I arrived in this city. This month has been filled with many joys, many hardships, and many lessons. Each day, I am reminded of the very reason we are here as I see incense burning, altars to ancestors in every home, and various other rituals to receive good luck. Please pray that the eyes of hearts of the people here would be opened and receptive to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ! 

I am very grateful for my team here and for our leaders. Our first week together in Southeast Asia was spent in prayer, study, and fellowship. We defined the Good News according to God's word and practiced ways to present it clearly to people. We have since been reading other books about healthy evangelism, God's glory, and delighting in Jesus as our greatest treasure. This training has already challenged my understanding of the gospel as it relates to my personal life, not to mention how I explain it to others! 

Since arriving in our base city, we have been staying with local families for the first month of our time here. This experience has been incredible. My homestay family has included me in many aspects of their daily lives such as shopping at the local market, cooking, driving their children around on motorbikes (which was slightly terrifying and evoked much prayer), and even getting a traditional dress made at a local seamstress. My homestay brother speaks decent English, so I am praying for opportunities to share about Jesus to my whole homestay family through him!