International Friendship Connection Bible Study

by Marti Fisher

This past Sunday we hosted a Bible-study discussion in our home with a small group of internationals: a scholar from China and a graduate couple from South Africa. The Chinese scholar brought two guests: a close friend from China and her boyfriend from Vietnam. The lesson was from Luke 15. We read the first two "lost and found" parables (the lost sheep and the lost coin) that Jesus spoke to the scribes and Pharisees, tax collectors, and sinners.

The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and all of us had enjoyed some good refreshments. Dale began by having each of us make observations and there was good participation. Toward the end of our time, Dale asked, "Which person do you most identify with?" Most of us referred to the Pharisee in ourselves and our tendencies to judge others.

The boyfriend, who said he was Buddhist, seemed eager to share his thoughts throughout the study. In answer to this last question he said, "I am lost." He was so free to be open and I think that all of us sensed the Holy Spirit was working mightily. Our time was up and he and his girlfriend needed to return to Los Angeles.

Please pray that he will read more of the Bible that we gave him and that the Chinese scholar would send him the Four Spiritual Laws that Dale gave to her. We don't think that the Chinese scholar is yet saved because she told the South African wife last week that she thought Christianity was magic but she was beginning to wonder if it was real. Hmmm.

"In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." — Luke 15:10