From There and Back Again: Flooding the Beyond

by Ben Lim

Juan expressed his deep gratitude to Wen for leading him to remember and appreciate our Lord’s death on our behalf.

One afternoon in late May, in a corner of Sydney Uni’s Madsen building, Juan, an Economics student from Ecuador, looked intently at Wen, an Accounting student from East Asia, and, clearly deeply moved, said, “Thank you for that reminder of Jesus’ death. I really liked how you brought in the bread and the juice.”

Week 12 of our eufocus Express Love Bible study for international students had just finished. Wen had told the story of Jesus’ crucifixion, from the Last Supper through to his burial in the guarded tomb[1], before leading us in reflecting on and responding to the cross. From the group she drew sober identification with Peter’s denial, humble hope from the repentant criminal’s desperate granted plea, and sombre thankfulness for Jesus’ courageous faithfulness to his Father’s will. Then Wen wove these threads together by taking us back to the beginning of the story, helping us remember Jesus’ broken body and his blood poured out for us with a loaf of bread and cups of juice. It was from this that Juan expressed his deep gratitude to Wen for leading him to remember and appreciate our Lord’s death on our behalf.

From Ecuador and East Asia, our sovereign God led them to this place, this moment. Wen began following Christ just last year and has trained as a small group leader in this her final semester; Juan arrived just this year, already a believer. How might God use each to bless his church in South America, Asia, or perhaps other nations in all his world?

Thank you for your prayerful and generous partnership which enables moments like this, which, we pray, will lead many students like Wen and Juan to flood God’s worldwide church as innovative, well-trained leaders.

 



[1] Based mainly on selections from Luke 22:14-23:56, with some details added from Matthew’s account.

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