The reason many go on mission trips or become missionaries is to take the gospel to the nations and the Lord uses so many men and women to carry His gospel to other lands. Thus far, our family has been unable to leave our country on any type of mission trip, however, I feel that our home can be just as fertile a mission ground as anywhere else in the world. First, there are my own children who I am teaching every day who Christ is and why the gospel is of utmost importance in our lives. Second, there are others we come in contact with – with our lives and our words we point to or from the gospel whether we speak the gospel or not.
And then this year we have had the special opportunity of hosting a foreign exchange student. She came to use with no background in any real religion all the way from Beijing, China. She speaks a language we do not know and comes from a culture we do not know yet she has come to America to live in a Christian home, attend a Christian school and go with us to a Christian church. Before she came she asked her mom what she knew of Christianity. All her mom knew was that Christians were “kind to each other” and “nice” but that was enough information for her mom to feel comfortable enough to send her daughter all the way around the world to live in our home for a school year!
Since she has arrived Angela has fit in well with our family, getting along with the kids and us but it was only recently that she became part of our forever family. No, we didn’t adopt her physically here on earth but she was adopted into the family of Christ and now we will share eternity with her in heaven!
This morning in church she shared her testimony for the whole church (which made just about everyone cry!):
And then she was baptized – dead to sin:
Alive in Christ!
We prayed for her salvation before she came. We knew that the Lord had brought her to our home for a purpose and we are thrilled to have seen God’s hand in her life this morning and how God has moved on her heart. We would love for you to join us in prayer for her continued growth and obedience to what the Lord has called her to do.
We don’t always have to go to the nations – so often the nations come to us:
Countries from left to right: America, China, Thailand and Korea! Both Angela from China and Book from Thailand have been saved and baptized in the last year.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19