Greetings from Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina! Home of some of the best college basketball in America. UNC, Duke and NC State basketball is not the only thing advancing in the area this month. The kingdom of God continues to advance as well.
We have so many exciting open doors to students and refugees from around the world that now live in the Triangle.
The most exciting open door is with several UNC students from China who are members of the Chinese Olympic team. Recently we hosted a Chinese New Year and had our speed skater friend Quihong join us. (see last months newsletter) She invited a fellow Chinese Olympian Zhong Man.
Here is the group photo from our recent International Ministry and Interest Exchange (iMix) event. We had 120+ in attendance from about 18 different nations. Many have expressed interest in joining Bible studies and visiting church. Please pray that their hearts would be open to receive the the Father’s love in our future meetings.
So often our Heavenly Father calls us to a path we had not planned for ourselves. Proverbs 16:9 says it perfectly, “the heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Well, two weeks ago our family planned to head straight home after a friend’s going away party in Durham. It was a school night and it was nearing 10 PM. But I noticed that we were running low on gas and thought it best to go fill up.
As we pulled out ouf the gas station after filling up, we noticed a Muslim women with grocery bags on the side of the road with a rather worried look on her face. Cindy and I knew there was no way we could pass her by. So we stopped and introduced ourselves and offered this women a ride home. Amany is a visiting scholar from Cairo, Egypt studying at Duke and unfortunately had missed the last bus of the day back to her home.