The Nations are HERE

I came to Liberia excited about the opportunity to serve and to learn about Liberian culture and to really get to know the people. And I have learned a lot about the culture and love the people. But God’s plans are always so much bigger, fuller, greater than anything I could have ever planned or imagined. I thought I was coming to Africa to get to know Liberians and tell them about Jesus. God has brought the nations to Liberia and has given us the opportunity to share the gospel with Pakistanis and Chinese! It’s been really neat building relationships with the UN Pak Batt in Foya and our Chinese neighbors here in Monrovia.

The Pak Batt is just a lifesaver. We love going there to eat — all of their food is flown in and imported, so they have what seems to be an endless supply of delicious meats and fresh fruit and vegetables. We’ve also really grown to love their company and have a mutual respect for each other. Really, they have become our friends. Major Javed is so kind and hospitable. I really love his candor. He is such a gracious and kind host. Anyway, we’ve had some really great conversations with him. He’s Muslim and I really enjoy hearing his opinions and thoughts on a lot of different subjects. We’ve gotten to know a few of the officers there and they’ve all been so kind to us. They’ve hosted us many times and had a special viewing of a movie on Pakistan’s beautiful geography. They know that we are Christians and respect that and when we eat dinner there they are very respectful and always tell us that it is fine with them if we want to pray and thank God before the meal. You can join me in praying for our Pakistani friends!

The Chinese are our next door neighbors. Their compound is right beside our office and we often see them jogging in the mornings or walking on the beach. Danielle befriended Lu several weeks ago and told him about Jesus. Then two weeks ago as we were walking to church we ran into him and invited him to come along. He eagerly accepted and seemed to treally enjoy the service. He asked lots of questions and we introduced him to Ben and Ken who talked in depth with him and a couple of his friends. We started a community Bible study on Wednesdays, tonight was the first, and Lu and his friend came very eager to learn about Jesus and the Bible. It’s so exciting! They have absolutely no concept of the Bible or Christianity and their English is not great, so sometimes it’s difficult to communicate clearly, but we’re trusting the Lord and I’m asking for the Holy Spirit to guide. Ken’s great because Japanese uses some Chinese characters, so he’s able to connect with them on that level and also just in understanding Asian culture. I made muffins and took them with me — Lu really enjoyed them and has promised to have us over for a Chinese dinner soon! I’m quite excited, their cook spent 8 years in culinary school mastering the art of Chinese cooking, so it’s going to be incredible. Anyway, it was a good evening and I’m excited about what the Lord is doing. Ben, Ken, Justin and I led them through John 1 at Lu’s request and it was really interesting explaining the trinity and creation and all of the questions that came out of that passage. Well, we didn’t really get past the first three verses actually.

Well, I gotta run, but more later…

J

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