Sharing Jesus with Immigrants
How Did I Get Here?
By a Pioneer in Europe
I wonder how I got here, to this immigrant ministry? That question runs through my head more often than I choose to acknowledge.
How did I…
- end up at a Syrian wedding on the fourth of July with a room full of fully covered women watching me and wondering why I was there?
- come to share a plate of food with my Afghan friend and her family who has adopted me as an aunt, sister, and friend?
- get to be thirty, taking a driving test in a country that drives on the left side of the road?
Immigrant ministry involves sharing access, even to our Good Book.
I sat on the couch in my new Iranian friend’s living room, and as I looked at the cloth flowers carefully displayed in jars lining the bottom of the window, her daughter asked, “Why do you believe Jesus heals people?” After I offered the best words I could find on the subject from my own experience; she leaned in across the room and whispered, “Did you bring it?”
“Did I bring what?” I quickly responded.
“You mean The Bible?” I asked.
She responded with a confident “Yes!”
No, in fact, I hadn’t brought the Bible. And, I didn’t even know she wanted to read the Bible. I had walked into her house thinking I would drink tea and chat about life, the craft cafe that I wanted to invite her to and how I met her mom. How did I get here?
Christ has dramatically changed who I am—so why would I not share that with others?
I keep asking myself the same question. But the truth is I already know the answer.
It’s the same reason I moved overseas for immigrant ministry in the first place. The fact is that Christ has dramatically changed who I am—so why would I not share that with others? It’s all the little decisions that I make every day that add up to being obedient which allows me to share love and truth with others.
This week I gave my new Iranian friend and her daughter Bibles in their own language. I pray that I will someday be able to go back and talk more with them. Between now and then, I am starting to rephrase my internal questions from “How did I get here?” to “How can I show love and truth right here right now?”
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