In the midst of our projects last week, I decided to take a little break for some “girl time” with my sweet friend, A.

Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as its known by here, is fast approaching and many of our friends are preparing to head back to their hometowns to celebrate the holiday. A, is no diffferent.

Almost every chinese person (if at all possible) will return home to their cities, towns, villages..no matter how far…or how long the journey back will be…for this holiday. It is the most important holiday of the year for the Chinese, and being with family is top priority!

A, was planning to start her trip West on Friday night. So, Thursday morning I asked her to go to the local mall with me for some fun…but more importantly for some time to talk about the Bible and how the Holy Spirit has been working in her heart recently.

A, has been attending our church for two years, and still has yet to make a decision to accept Christ.

I’d like to share a little bit of her story with you.

When she was a young child, a friend introduced her to the idea of God and Christianity. She became interested and decided that she wanted to learn more about who God was and what christians believed,  So, she went and found a Bible to study at home.

One day, her grandmother saw her carrying the Bible in the house. Following Buddhist traditions herself, she became extremely upset! She grabbed the Bible out of A‘s hand and threw it in the trash.

“We do not believe this! You can not believe this!” She said.

A was embarrasssed…. embarrasssed that she had upset her grandmother so greatly.

You see, A, like most chinese children, was raised by her grandparents. They meant everything to her. She was dissapointed in herself for disrespecting them in such a way, and she decided that day that she would make herself forget any ideas she might have had about there even being a God.

That is until she went away to university. 

It was in her university that she became friends with several American students, and these students began to talk to her about their God and His Son, a man named Jesus.

It had been so long since she had thought about the possibilty of there actually being a God…and who was this man Jesus? His Son? What?

At first, her heart was completely shut off to the idea. She wanted no part. Her family and her education had taught her to reject all of Christianity’s non-sense….that science had all the answers.

But as she came to love the Americans, she found herself wanting to spend more and more of her time with them… even to the point that she actually gave in to their insisting that she come to church with them. Our church. And that is where we met.

Upon meeting A, I asked her to study the Bible with me. She reluctantly agreed, and we studied together for a few sessions, but it became clear to me that her heart was not yet open to the gospel.

Yet, she continued to come to church faithfully with her friends.

An entire year went by, and still she had not made a decision to either accept or reject Christ, so I asked her to accompany me on a trip up north so that I speak with her in private again. I hoped to see if there was some way I could help her….if there was something she didn’t understand and I might could answer…

On the train ride, I asked her to share with me what was holding her back, and it was then that she began to share her story with me. She shared how close she had been to her grandmother…and how she knew that if her grandmother were alive, that she would never approve of her attending our church. Her grandmother saw christianity as nothing but foolishness. She looked me in the eyes and asked me how I could accept the idea of hell….because she couldn’t. She knew if there was a hell…and Jesus was the Way…the only Way….that her grandmother would be in Hell. 

Her grandmother had heard the gospel… and had rejected it.

I looked at her and saw the tears in her eyes, and I too began to cry. I could see the pain she was experiencing in her heart.

I couldn’t give her the answers she wanted to hear. I told her how sorry I was…and I begged her to not reject Christ as her grandmother had done long ago.  I prayed with her and asked God to continue working in her heart….to keep revealing himself to her, and He has been faithful and continued to answer this prayer.

Over the last year, the Holy Spirit has continued to work in her life.  I have seen her heart become more and more open to the gospel.

During our Thanksgiving service in November, A stood up in church and in tears thanked the church for not giving up on her and for faithfully praying for her. After the service, she hugged me tight and whispered, “Please don’t give up on me. I know my heart has been the hardest of all. I don’t understand why it’s taking me so long, but don’t give up on me. I love you sister”

And, I decided then that I wouldn’t…. that I would commit to spending more time in prayer for this dear friend of mine!

That brings us to Thursday. A and I decided it would be fun to share a long lunch over korean hotpot at a new restaurant in the mall. I shared with her some things from God’s Word and listened as she shared with me some things that were on her heart.

“I feel I’m so close to making a decision. I’ll keep reading my Bible over the break,” she said with a smile.

After lunch we continued to talk as we walked around the mall checking out all the New Year sales and buying gifts for family members.

She taught me several “fashion terms” in Chinese and we laughed at how my current vocabulary revolves around “mom talk”

We were quite the sight! There were moments of abrupt laughter and moments full of tears…yes, right there in the middle of the mall! But we had the best time time together. At the end of the day, we both found it difficult to part.

A is a friend that God has used to teach me so many things in my own life. She has become family to us. I’m so thankful for her and the opportunity I’ve had to get to know her and see the Holy Spirit work in her heart over the last 2 years.

I wanted to share her story today with you to ask you to pray for her. Pray that when she returns from this break, that she will make the decision to give her life to Christ!

Pray for her living family members. Pray for God to continue to do a mighty work in her life!

I wanted to ask you to be a part of her story through your prayers.

As always thank you for reading!

With love,

Natasha

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If you will join me in committing to pray for A over the next month, leave a comment letting me know below!  Message or email works well too! I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

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