God Uses Our Words More Powerfully Than We Could Ever Imagine

Last year, Lauren shared part of her journey through the Train & Go Apprenticeship, a partnership between OMF and Global Frontier Missions (GFM). More information about the program, and a link to Lauren’s previous article, can be found below. Today, Lauren shares an experience of sharing the gospel that showed her how God works even when we think it’s going to be an uneventful and unproductive day.

(Listen to Lauren’s audio version of this story.)

By Lauren (Name changed)

As a student going through Missionary Training School (MTS), we focused a lot of time on the actual practice of sharing the gospel. Many Christians feel intimidated about sharing their faith because they just don’t know where to start. That was me for most of my life.

Coming to MTS I was provided with the space to learn different methods of sharing. We practiced sharing a short testimony, learned how to bridge a casual conversation to a spiritual conversation, learned how to share with people of different religious backgrounds, and everything in between.

I realized that even if I didn’t feel confident going into it, the result was never dependent on how eloquently I shared. My role and privilege were to share the Good News, and trust that the Spirit would lead me through the interaction.

The coffee house where Lauren volunteers.

An example of this was when I was volunteering at a cross-cultural coffee house. The purpose of this ministry is to create an open learning environment for people to share freely about their culture, their beliefs, their families, etc.

I remember driving to this ministry one Sunday morning feeling incredibly underprepared. I had rolled out of bed without making coffee, eating breakfast or even opening my Bible. I was up and out the door in 10 minutes. On my drive there, I prayed, “Lord, if you want me to share today, I need your help to do it. I’m barely awake and I didn’t open your Word this morning and I don’t think I’m prepared, so I need you to lead.”

That morning I was paired with an undergraduate student from the local university. After talking about college, her home country, and her family, we started talking about beliefs. She shared with me that she and her family are practicing Buddhists. They go to the temple occasionally and ask for blessings and protection for their family. Sometimes, she even goes to the local temple here in Atlanta.

She then asked me what I believed, and I shared the gospel of Christ with her. At the time, I was convinced that it must have been the worst presentation of the gospel ever given. My thoughts were all over the place, and I felt unclear and frustrated while sharing with her.

After I finished sharing, she looked at me and asked, “Well, how do you know that God loves you?” I was surprised by her question, thinking she was going to just want to move on from the topic.

But I shared that I know God loves me because he gave his Son, Jesus, to come and die on the cross, taking my sin away so that I could be with Him, in perfect relationship, forever. I then shared that he didn’t just do this for me, but for the whole world, and he did all of this because he loves us and wants to be with us.

Her response shocked me. She replied, “I had heard the story that Jesus died on the cross. But I had no idea he did it to take sins away. I have heard some things about the Bible, but I want to learn more.”

A few days later I texted her and asked if she wanted to get together with me to read the Bible. She said yes!

We met every week for a few months and worked our way through Genesis. She was fascinated with the creation story and what came after. She is a history major so she loved the historical side of it. One day, after discussing a Bible story with her and a few other people, I was driving her home and she got very quiet.

Eventually she said, “Remember when I told you I was a Buddhist? Well, I don’t know what I believe, but I don’t think I am a Buddhist anymore. I don’t know if I believe the stories in the Bible are true, but right now God feels more real to me than Buddhism. And when I learned that you had been praying for me, I realized that it was at that time that my anxiety went away, and I think that was the power of God.”

I share this story because that one Sunday morning when I was convinced it was going to be an uneventful and unproductive day, God used me, however ineloquently, to speak truth to this girl’s heart. And she ended up being my longest-lasting relationship while at MTS, and that friendship continues to this day. Please continue to pray for this friend, that she will continue to experience and recognize the power of God and come to follow Christ as Lord of her life.

God uses our words more powerfully than we could ever imagine. We don’t have to have all the right words, the right answers, or even the right attitudes (although that certainly helps). We just have to recognize the opportunities when they come and trust God’s Spirit to make the most of them. Share the gospel and do it often: you never know how God is going to use it. But he certainly will use it, all for his glory.

Read Lauren’s first article: Saying Yes to God and Yes to Missions

Learn more about the Train & Go Apprenticeship program from OMF or GFM.


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3 months ago

Thanks for this great article of how it is to share your faith in a tea shop.