All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Psalm 86:9-10
In our city, it seems like all we have to do to meet Hui people is walk outside. We have Hui neighbors everywhere; they own restaurants, sell bread and fruit and vegetables (deliciousness of all sorts), ride their bikes to and from work. Every day, we pass by Hui women with their colorful head coverings and Hui men with their elaborately decorated caps. Just a week or two into our time here, one of my roommates and I decided we’d go out and try to meet some of our neighbors. Another of our teammates suggested taking homemade food to people as a way of showing we care for them and want to get to know them, so out we went with homemade banana bread in hand.
We didn’t meet a single person on that trip. We had good intentions; we hoped we would meet at least a couple Hui people with whom we could build relationships and share the Truth. We were excited to start His work. But He humbled us; He showed us that we can do nothing apart from Him. He is the one who carries out the Work through us – It’s His plan, not our own. So, though we were discouraged by what we then saw as an unproductive trip, we moved on. And just a few days later, as we were walking home, a Hui woman came up and spoke to us in English. We didn’t have to do anything; it was every bit the Lord. He showed us then that He provides opportunities whenever and wherever, and that we simply have to trust Him.
On another occasion, I was riding the bus, and two Hui girls came up and started talking to me. One of them spoke fairly good English, so we were able to carry on a conversation, which again reminded me of God’s faithfulness. We exchanged contact information, and the next week the three of us were able to have lunch together on our university campus. I realized then that one of the expectations I had before I left the U.S. was totally off. I assumed it would be hard to relate to the Hui people and wondered if that would make it difficult to build relationships, but talking to these girls showed me the opposite. The Hui people live their lives as most everyone does. These girls struggle with the same things many girls do – body image, doing well in school, pleasing their parents – so it was really easy to relate to them.
As we talked, I was able to share the Good News with them and how it’s changed my life. They listened attentively, and I’m keeping in contact with them and hoping we can spend more time together. As is the case with many students here, they’re often busy with classes and studying. Because of this, even those interested in learning more about the Truth feel they don’t have time for it. I’m praying that God will work through that and provide opportunities for these girls and me to meet, form a friendship, and, most importantly, for them to hear and understand the Good News.
The Lord has shown me His sovereignty again and again in the short time I’ve been in this city. He’s shown my roommates and I that though we have moments of discouragement, He knows all and directs the course of everything, and who are we to question that?
Pray with us that all of His children will trust in His sovereignty and that He’ll continue providing opportunities for His workers to develop relationships with their Hui neighbors.