Today I had some errands to run around town. I was on my way back to my house and I decided that instead of getting my usual sonic meal I would go to Panda Cafe and get dumplings. Its a little more then my dollar choice but for some reason I felt like I had to go there and that if I didn't get my dumplings I would die!!! So I walked in and was greeted by a girl my age with a thick chinese accent. She took my order and we began to talk.
Candy told me she had just moved to lees summit from China 6 months ago to work here with her Aunt. She left her parents and siblings in hopes of finding a better life in the states, free of persecution. She told me of her hopes of going to a college and getting a degree and then the conversation took a turn. She asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I told her about being in college to be a teacher and about my dreams to do mission work and ministry. Her eyes lit up.
That's when she told me about her new found faith in Christ. She told me that in China they are taught in school that there is no God. She said when she came here she was shocked at these people called christians and how they are so very different from anyone else. She said she has never felt more joy then when she is praying and trying to read her Bible. "He is always there when I need Him," she said, "and I wish I could share Him with everyone back home."
We exchanged email addresses and I told her that I would be praying for her and that I want to be apart of her journey here in America. My 7 dollar dumpling meal was well worth it.
When I got in the car I said to God, "Lord I want to pray for Candy..." and then thats when it hit me. I started crying like a baby. I was sobbing. It was intense. I felt everything Candy felt. The pain of being separated from her family and country. The hurt of being lied to her whole life about our God. Her desires to tell her family in China about her life and how He has changed her. I just cried it all out the whole way home.
If a 20 year old girl from China has to come to the United States to hear about God... what happens to the rest of the 20 somethings in China who are still living a lie?
Pray urgently. Feel what they feel. And do something about it. That's what God said when He moved me. I cracked my fortune cookie when I got home. It said "Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands." Have we trained our minds to see the world through Gods eyes? Do our trained eyes place desire in our hearts to do something about it?