Hot Pot Hospitality

It all started on the day when we went running after Freeman across the Great Court. No, that’s not how we normally approach people on outreach. But on that day, during our Beyond Brisbane summer project in February at the University of Queensland, when Crystal (one of our students) and I saw Freeman, we both thought: he looked like he must be from Hong Kong.

He was already walking away from us so Crystal went chasing after him, with me chasing after her, thinking, oh no, what is he going to think? We told him we’re from a Christian group, etc. He said he’s not interested in Christianity. But he seemed interested in chatting.

He was a first-year student, from Hong Kong indeed, one of those rare breeds during these Covid times. He mentioned his birthday was coming up the following week. Crystal said, “We can celebrate with you!” So we invited along a few friends from church and had hot pot for his birthday.

That night, he wrote on his Instagram story, “We only met a week ago 😭” I guess he was pretty touched. He started coming to our church fellowship and our discovery Bible study on campus. He even invited a friend along, also a first-year student from Hong Kong, a Christian, who soon started learning to lead the Bible study and started going on outreach with us.

One day, he sent me a Youtube link to a song by a Hong Kong worship band. He said he really liked their songs. He recently met this friend who’s a member of the band. So other than us, God was also bringing other Christians into his life.

A few weeks ago at Bible study, we talked about the story of Paul’s conversion. Freeman asked, “So how does someone change from not believing to believing in God?” We are so amazed by how God is running after Freeman, pursuing him from all different angles. He seems to be growing more open towards knowing God. We are praying and looking forward to the day he would say yes to Jesus being his Lord and Saviour.

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