Unexpected visit, and an unexpected question
“Can I stop by?” Came the familiar voice on the phone. A friend that had moved to Bangkok was in town and wanted to come and visit. I was excited to hear his voice and gladly asked him to stop by. When I got home, he had already arrived at my home. After talking about some of our current life circumstances, he asked; “What do I need to do to change my religion to Christianity?” The question caught me off guard, and I was quite excited he had asked. At the same time, I knew that this question did not cover the depth of his underlying inquiry. He went on to explain how he’s disappointed with the convoluted and complicated requirements of his current religion. He said he likes what he sees in Christianity and has had many Christian friends who he looks up to. He shared that he really wanted to seek my advice, but would also seek the advice of his parents, his wife and others who he respects, before making any commitments. He wanted to respect his family and knew how a decision like this would affect the entire family. I commended him on his consideration of his family, and encouraged him to trust in Jesus Christ alone. He is now reading the Gospel of John, and although he has returned to Bangkok, I hope to continue to encourage him to follow Jesus and to share that what he learns with his family.