by Aimee Cote
After completing her final year of college, the last thing Katie wanted to do was spend six weeks of her summer in Central Asia while her friends celebrated their final summer together. She knew she was being called to serve on this mission, but was praying that somehow, someway, she wouldn’t have to go.
A few weeks before the trip, Katie had a change of heart and realized that if God was calling her to this place, he was calling her for a reason. After completing Orientation, Katie found herself on the plane. She knew she was going to a closed country where it was illegal to preach the gospel, but promised herself that she would tell at least one woman that Jesus Christ loves her.
That opportunity was presented when she was asked to fill in at an Adult English Class. In her second class, only one woman showed up. She was a 23-year-old kindergarten teacher. Katie asked the woman a popular question among Central Asians: what is your greatest wish in life?
The woman answered with a personal story and in return asked Katie what her greatest wish in life was. She responded saying that if she could tell people about Jesus, and His love for them, she would be happy. Her answer opened the door for them to talk about the Lord. It proved to be a Christ-filled but complicated conversation. The woman was educated and had heard about Christ. Katie answered her difficult questions and told the woman she didn’t have to carry around her burdens any longer.
Katie left the room happy to have told someone about the love of Christ. She prays that this woman would desire to know of that love found in Jesus the Messiah.