I am back at Camp Beyond for our 2nd round of camp. The past 2 days I have met my new students and tonight I had the privilege of sharing Jesus with a group of them. As we were gathering for dinner I said, “Guys, get everyone in here and I can pray and we can eat!” “S” said to me…
Me: “Yes, I like to thank Jesus for the food he has provided.”
S: “Jesus is creator?”
Me: “Yes, he is the creator of everything.”
S: “And he is The Editor?”
Me: “Yes, Jesus is the Editor as well. In fact, after we pray and get our food lets go sit at the table outside and I will share a story about Jesus the Editor. Are you a follower of Jesus?”
S: “No, I follow the Jade Emperor.”
Me: “Well, I’d like to hear more about him as well.”
As we sat down, an older gentleman joined us. He is a father to one of the students and not a believer. We started talking and I brought up the topic of Jesus, The Editor. I shared a story about a young girl from a country close to them called Miandian (Myanmar). I explained how I met her in a very poor village in the desert and she was very sick from having Polio as a young child. She was 5 years old and could not sit up, walk, talk or take care of herself. I shared how I had asked her mother if I could hold her.
S: “What did she say?”
She gave me her baby and I had so much hurt in my heart for her condition and I wanted to help her. So, I held her in my arms and I asked my friend Jesus to edit her body and make it better so she would no longer have to suffer this way. So, Jesus began to edit her body. By the next morning she was sitting up and just a few months later I heard she was walking.
We talked a second more about this and 2 other boys joined us. “T” is already a follower of Jesus but his friend “Ty” (son to the father at the table) is not following Jesus. As they sat down the dad left and S tried to tell them my story in English for about 10 seconds but his excitement and frustration caused him to excitedly tell the story in Chinese.
S: “I just shared your story with them in Chinese. Can I ask you a question? Are you Jesus?”
Me: “No, I am not Jesus. But he is my friend. I hang out with him every day.”
I shared about how Jesus wanted to be friends with all of us and gave him the gospel of how we were separated from knowing God but through Jesus we can now know him again. Each of the boys really enjoyed our talk and I am sure there are many more to come over the next 21 days. Be praying that S will have an experience and meet Jesus while at this camp.