Break My Heart for what Breaks Your’s
I have been in country for 9 days, and it is still amazing. Everyday I wake up thinking “am I really in Australia?” and everyday I am excited. Living in the city is absolutely nothing like living in Turlock and I am slowly adapting to this new environment. I am learning the ways of the city-living like how to use trams and figure out what is the longest I can go without doing laundry. Living in Melbourne city is great, but it is my team that makes it absolutely amazing. I am excited that God chose this group of guys and gals. We’ve only known each other for about two weeks, but we already bond together like one family.
We officially kicked off our ministry yesterday. We split up into two groups: one went to RMIT Bundoora and the other (myself included) went to La Trobe. Yesterday was my first time ever sharing the gospel at this level, and I was extremely nervous. In fact, I didn’t talk much and left the initiating to my partner. It was still great though. I learned a lot about how to conduct the little surveys, initiate spiritual conversations, and effectively share my faith. We got a few good spiritual conversations, but nothing really too deep. Like I said in my last blog post, Australian students are very apathetic towards any type of spirituality. A majority of the students are either atheistic or just don’t care about life after death, which makes it hard for talking about that stuff.
Today, our team split up between three campuses, the new campus being RMIT Brunswick. I was in the group headed to the new campus! RMIT Brunswick is an interesting university. It is a super small school that specializes in graphic design and fashion. I was a little intimidated because the students are primarily girls and they all dressed very well. Also, the Brunswick campus has no established CRU movement, so we are basically starting from scratch. However, we still had really great conversations with the students there. I used a lot of what I learned yesterday and felt like it was a lot easier to share today! We shared for about two-ish hours and I talked with six students in that time. It. Was. Awesome! The last guy I talked to, Hovig, was the president of the student union on all of the RMIT campuses, and we got really deep in conversation. He was open to talking about what he believed and listening to what I believed. He kept asking me questions about Christianity in general, my faith specifically, what it meant for him, and how to ensure a place in Heaven! It was really cool to see God open up Hovig. To be honest, I didn’t know what I was saying 75% of the time, but he seemed to understand me. I guess that was the Holy Spirit.
Lately I’ve been thinking about why exactly I signed up for this trip. To be honest, I am not exactly sure. I know I wanted to get out of Turlock and explore the world. I know God has given a heart for missions since my freshman year in high school. But I didn’t know God would call me to go to a nice, clean, English-speaking city and just share the gospel; I sort of thought I would go to some third-world country and build houses.
This week I finished Donald Miller’s book Blue Like Jazz. Miller is one of my favorite Christian authors and this book really reshaped a lot of how I view my faith and my love towards God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. In his book, he talks a lot about living a life for God and what that would look like.
Dying for something is easy because it is associated with glory. Living for something is the hard thing. Living for something extends beyond fashion, glory, or recognition. We live for what we believe.—Blue Like Jazz
Miller goes on and says that falling into the routine of Christianity is possibly the worst thing to do as a believer in Christ. In fact, Satan rejoices when all a person does is just go to church and do the “Christian Thing.” By getting into this routine, the Kingdom of Heaven is not expanding, God’s glory is not being shown, and Satan is having a party with the world. I guess this has a lot to do with WHY I am in Australia right now. In Matthew Jesus call us to “Go!” so I am going and spreading His name.