30th December, 2011
Today was amazing! After an inspiring message from Bekele Shanko, which rocked everyone in the conference room. (A message which I will blog about later because I’m still kind of digesting everything he shared… so overwhelming) We went to a suburb just outside Indianapolis and had the opportunity to handout food packs to needy families and use that platform to share with them the 4 spiritual laws. It was outreach day and I was pumped. I didn’t really know what to expect and that’s what made it fun really. Knowing that God was going to move no matter what we encountered.
After our briefing and crash course in evangelism 101 – vinaka Mark Brown. Each campus was given directions to a local community church within Indianapolis to assist in outreach. We were so blessed to partner up with the students from Miami University and Tuxedo Park Baptist Church.
We soon set out and fortunately for us, the first person we met gave us an opportunity to share the KGP (Knowing God Personally) with him and although he didn’t pray to receive Christ; we felt encouraged by the good start.
However the next few houses we went to turned us down and some people wouldn’t even come to the door. It was evident that it wasn’t going to be easy. I now understood how totally different it was sharing to Pacific island students back at home was/is compared to sharing to a complete stranger in America. It’s not as inviting to share here in America. Most people we came across weren’t very open to things and usually kept to themselves or too busy.
And of all the days, it just had to rain today. My socks were wet and the cold wind was almost enough for me to just say “enough”. But here I was, a young Fijian boy 12,000 miles away from home; in the cold and rain; with a group of people who I had just met a day ago and now call friends; going from door to door in hopes to get an opportunity to share Jesus and the message of the cross with complete strangers. I was way out of my comfort zone.
For the first time since arriving in America, I began to miss home. God was dealing with me and showing me things that I had taken for granted. I have so much more respect for missionaries and the work that they do now.
At the end of the day we got to give to two families, we got three people to help us with the community needs survey including a lady who was going to get married the next day but when we looked back on it we only shared the gospel with one person. Nonetheless, each one of us returned to Tuxedo Park Baptist Church satisfied.
This was a great experience. I knew that I was called to do this, to be an ambassador of the Gospel. I made up my mind that day that I would commit at least a year of my life to doing some sort of STINT or DTS. To know Christ and make Him known.
I would like to take this time to thank the beautiful people who offered me a ride back to the hotel that evening. I can’t remember all your names but thank you so much. I probably would have had to walk back if it weren’t for you guys. Our driver went AWOL on us. lol