|Assumption University HuaMak campus|
We meet Luke** last Christmas season. Before we had even started the Alliance University Center, Keith started a on-campus Bible study. And last December we threw a Christmas party for that group. Most of the people who came to the Christmas party had already come through the Bible study, but then there was Luke. Luke is a professor at the university and he happened to be on campus that day. So he was invited to come in for some cookies, snacks and party activities.
After the party, Keith exchanged contact information with him and they set up a time to meet. Before they even met for the first time, Luke wrote Keith a message that said, if he wanted to meet as friends that would be fine, but don't tell me about Jesus and try to convert me because I am not interested. Keith agreed to meet with him.
He and Keith met several times and every time the conversation would naturally drift to Jesus. Then Keith went away to Australia to help out with missions mobilization there for six weeks. When he returned to Thailand, he began to follow up with several of the people he had been out of touch with while he was away, one of whom was Luke.
After receiving Keith's message, Luke immediately responded that he had been thinking of Keith and would love to meet up and discuss something that happened to him recently.
So they set up a time to meet and Luke shared that he had a dream. In his dream he stated there was a presence of evil like he had never experienced before, not something that was a typical nightmare. Previously his mother had told him if he ever experienced evil and felt in danger, he should do Buddhist chanting and prayers, but for some reason this time he felt inclined to invite Jesus to come into his life and get rid of this evil. So he invited Jesus into his life, the evil left, and he said it was one of the most impactful experiences he has ever had in his life. As Keith talked he re-iterated the gospel message, about believing in and following Jesus. Keith then asked well, I guess you believe and are following Jesus now, right? Luke responded yes, and proceeded to tell him his life has been completely renewed through Christ.
May you be encouraged with the people in your life who you are sharing the good news of Jesus with. Even those you believe are too far away, our job is simply to be faithful in the proclamation, and God will bring the success.
**names have been changed to respect the individual's privacy