Have you ever experienced something so crazy that it could've only come about by God's power and planning,
and not your own?
Within a 72-hr period, we had a student from India, "H" who was at Penn State
for only the summer, come to our Friday large group meeting, attend our weekend camping trip, and return to campus having
accepted Jesus as her Savior, all just before getting on a plane to return home.
We asked one of our coworkers
for the summer internship, Shannon, to share about her conversation. I began by asking her what she thought of the weekend.
replied, "I LOVED it!" I came on this trip to really learn more about American culture and experience what
your camping was like, but I learned so much more than I thought I ever would! I'm so glad I came with you all.
I made so many new friends and learned so much about God that I didn't know before."
awesome!" I told her. "What kind of things did you learn this weekend that were new to you?"
thought for a minute. "This weekend I have learned a whole lot. I got a Bible when I came to DCF on Friday,
and I am looking forward to reading it. I've never read the Bible before and didn't know that was something Christians
did regularly. I've always believed in one God. I had heard a little about Jesus but I didn't know much, either,
and I didn't know that Jesus is God. But this weekend I learned more about how Jesus came and died for us so that we
could be forgiven. I might have known that before but I had never known before going on this trip that Jesus was raised
from the dead after three days--I think that is the best part!"
"Wow! Yes, I agree!"
I was simultaniously shocked and excited by what I was hearing. "What makes you say that this is the best part?"
exclaimed, "Because if we believe that Jesus came to die for our sins and then was raised form the dead then we know
we can be with God forever in heaven! We don't have to be afraid of death because we've been forgiven! That is
so great. That's what makes it the best part."
My ears almost couldn't believe what I was hearing...did
this new friend of mine start to believe the gospel over the weekend? In my shock, I asked her, "H, do you believe
these things that you've learned this weekend?"
Have you talked to God and told Him that you believe this?"
"No, not yet. I don't always
know what to say when I pray.."
So I said, "Do you know that when you believe in Jesus and trust
in Him, God actually becomes your Father? And as a Father, He deeply loves His children? So when we pray to Him,
we can talk to Him as a Father and Friend."
"wow, I like that. I want to talk to God like
"That's great! Would you like to pray with me now?"
God for "H" and for His work in her life! Please pray that she would meet Christians in her hometown and find
a church so that she might grow spiritually.
Praise God for a healthy pregnancy. Jenny and the two
little girls are doing great! At a recent ultrasound they each weighed 1.b 10 pz, which was not surprising to Jenny
since she's been feeling them kick and move nonstop now, which truly is such a delight, although sometimes slightly painful!
:) Please pray that the girls would continue to grow well, and that Jenny would continue to be healthy.
you, as always, for your investment in our ministry with DescipleMakers, through your giving and through your prayers!
Lincoln & Jenny Fitch