Although my dear friends were here in California for part of their furlough from Albania, my friend’s husband went for a week to Korea for the “historic”, Campus Crusade “Campus Mission” conference, where 20,000 students gathered from 129 countries to focus on reaching the remaining unreached (more influential) campuses of the world with the gospel. (And 25 Albanians made the trip.) What an amazingly exciting experience it must have been for these college students (and staff), gathering with other students from Uzbekistan, China, Egypt, Nicaragua, India, Nigeria, New Zealand, Korea, Peru, Russia……. etc! Here is his witnessing story from his flight to Korea.
As I boarded the airplane headed to Tokyo en route to CM2007, I was expecting to be crowded in a small seat for the 11 hour trip and praying for grace from the Lord to endure it. I did not expect what God was about to do.
Shige is a 31 year old young Japanese man who was traveling to Japan to register his newborn son for citizenship in Japan. He currently lives near San Francisco and is doing post-doctoral research at Stanford University (yes he is extremely bright- he is trying to find a cure for cancer!).
As we sat down he asked me, “So where are you going?” I explained that I was going to a Christian conference to which he responded, “I don’t know much about that, I’m a Buddhist.” He then proceeded to pull a DVD of the movie, “The Last Temptation of Christ” from his bag. When I told him that this wouldn’t help really know the truth about Jesus, he asked, “What is the truth about Jesus?” Being the astute evangelist I thought, “Lord, maybe I should share the gospel with this guy!” We engaged in a wonderful, transparent conversation–looking at many things in the Bible together (he had never read anything from the Bible before.) He shared his struggle with the meaning of life and as I shared the gospel with him his eyes lit up and 30 minutes after takeoff we prayed together and Shige placed his faith in Jesus Christ! We had the chance to talk a lot over the next 10+ hours on the flight and before leaving the plane Shige had this amazing insight he shared with me- “If I hadn’t met you today, I probably would have died without ever knowing God.” Wow!
What has been exciting is that Shige has come to church along with his family with us. This has been his first experience ever going into a church for any reason and he is asking all the right questions. We have had a chance to talk a lot and get him started in the right direction. Please pray for God’s continuing work in his life and that he would get plugged in with other believers where he would grow in his new life in Christ.