February 9, 2013 in [3WF] Kristen Hoosier
I had an awesome experience today with my Goer Missional Community (GMC) today.
What we do at least once a week is meet up with each other, pray for 1 hour for the nations and for the lost (those who don’t know God), and engage in conversation with and befriend at least one person.
Today, we met a young woman named Tong Li from China, and we succeeded. We sat at her table as strangers, and bid farewell as good friends less than an hour later =) We also began using a new strategy to engage in the lost of our community by literally finding girls sitting by themselves around campus and just asking if we can sit with them, and if they say yes, we do and just have this casual conversation where we genuinely get to know them! We also started saying, “Hey, I really hope you have a wonderful day!” to random people on the streets. We try to limit ourselves to girls mostly because guys will tend to take it in a different way, making things complicated. But back to the story~
Later on, my friends and I decided to go out to eat for dinner, and we headed on over to BJ’s, which has some very delicious meals at a decent price. After we had ordered our meals, one of my friends and I went to the bathroom to wash our hands, and after we had washed our hands in the bathroom, we both had to use the restrooms, so washing our hands was kind of pointless haha.
But here is where the magical moment happened. I went on to wash my hands once more, but this time, there was an elderly woman in her 60s at the sink between mine and my friend’s. Being in such a great mood, I decided to talk to her. I turned my head and said, “Hi ma’am! Are you enjoying your evening here?” The lady replied, “Oh yes! Do you work here?” She thought I worked there, that because I was so spontaneously kind to her, I must have worked there. But of course I answered, “No, I’m just here to eat haha.” And she commented, “Oh you’re just friendly!”
We both chuckled for a bit while turning our heads back to our respective sinks to continue washing our hands, but it wasn’t long before she started talking to me. Now take note of what you are about to read.
She looked at me, paused for a second, and tearily began, “You know, my husband and I are actually here because our mother-in-law is dying. She’s literally on her death bed. We just came out to have dinner, and you really just made my day.” And I could hear the soft sadness in her voice. My immediate reaction was to hug her, and I did. And as she rubbed my back warmly and made soft whimpering sounds, I knew that it was the right move.
We exchanged a few kind words before heading back to our respective tables, but when I told this story to my other friend at our table, we all decided to talk to this elderly couple and ask for their names so we could pray for them. Denise is married to Richard, whose mother Betty is in the hospital. At the lively age of 88, “she has lived a full, wonderful life,” as her son puts it.
So I really wanted to use this story to spark a genuine kindness in you guys. I pray that you begin engaging in conversations with strangers, because truly, you never know what a person is going through until you reach out to them. And it could make their day =)