I put this picture here to spark your interest because I mean, c’mon, it’s a giant clay/concrete troll.
Our day started out by meeting with the associate pastor of the Essential Church, the church plant we’re working with/for.
We had coffee and a short Bible study with him, and then he sent us over to meet with the leader of the Chi Alpha group on the campus of Bellevue College.
(Chi Alpha is one of the Christian organizations on campus by the way.)
So we met with her and she gave us some cards to hand out to spread the word about their worship night this Friday.
Some of the looks we got…
Some of the responses we got…
It was just so crazy and absolutely foreign to me.
People would look at us like we had three heads!
Now, some people did accept the little fliers/cards and thank us, don’t get me wrong.
But the general consensus was that most people were NOT interested in a worship night.
Just to give you a little perspective…
Seattle/Bellevue is 96% non-Christian.
Cambodia is 99% non-Christian.
This culture and group of people is almost as far removed from Christianity as a foreign country, and honestly, to we Southern kids, it sometimes feels like a foreign country just because of how shockingly different it is than what we’re used to.
But that’s why we’re here!!
So we got our fliers passed out, despite some adversity, and then went to lunch.
After lunch we went on a little sight-swing adventure and this is where the giant troll comes in.
Apparently it is an iconic tourist attraction here.
We were shocked at how huge it was!!
Here is our whole group with the troll:
THEN, we went to a place called Mod Pizza and LET ME TELL YOU…
This place is basically Subway (except a lot nicer) for pizzas.
You can put as many toppings as you want for no extra charge per topping!!
Literally the best pizza I’ve ever had.
After that, we headed back to the hotel for the night.
Okay y’all. So here’s what has been the absolute best part of the trip so far…
Last night, (well, really early this morning) a guy on our team, Trevor, prayed to receive Christ.
Yeah, crazy awesome right? So here’s a brief backstory…
Trevor had had a lot of questions and doubts for a long time. He was baptized at a young age but knew he wasn’t saved.
Will, our college pastor, has talked with him and prayed for him.
Cole, our college intern has talked with him a lot as well and prayed for him too.
These along with countless others have prayed prayers leading up to 12:15am on Monday, March 14, 2017.
On Sunday night, I had the privilege of talking to Trevor for almost two and a half hours about his questions about God and faith.
And can I just say that God is STILL in the speaking, saving, convicting, and miracle-working business?
CAN I GET AN AMEN?!
On Sunday night, Trevor was asking hard questions about God.
Wondering if He really is who He says He is.
Doubting His power and existence.
Questioning whether he had faith at all or not.
And Monday night, Trevor and I sat, hand in hand, and he prayed one of the most beautiful, raw, and sincere prayers I have EVER heard.
He experienced total forgiveness, faith, and freedom in that moment and will have those things for the rest of eternity.
He immediately found what he has been looking for for so long.
And I can’t help but be amazed at how great God is– to answer so many prayers that have been prayed for Trevor.
And to answer Trevor’s prayer for salvation just like He promises in His Word!
My heart is so full.
I, a fairly non-emotional person, sat and cried tonight in a hotel lobby side room in Bellevue, Washington as a guy I just really met 3 days ago prayed and asked Jesus to save him.
Talk about breakthrough.
God is crazy good, and I am so humbled that He would choose me, among so many others, to be a part of Trevor’s spiritual journey.
And I know that God is not done working on this trip!! We’re only halfway done!
So as always….