I would like to share a story about my personal walk with God, particularly in the area of outreach. Socialising with people who I do not really know scares me. Starting a conversation was not always easy, because I was afraid of awkward silence when I ran out of topics to talk about. Therefore, I tend to find a lot of excuses to skip any outreach event. I always thought that there are a lot more people in our life group who are good at socialising and gifted in sharing the Gospel, so I chose to stay in my comfort zone and chat with friends that I know in my life group. However, things started to change in 2018 where our church’s theme for the year was “Audacious”.

In one of our life group discussion, the leaders were sharing about audaciously reaching out to others. One of our leaders shared that she will feel sad and heartbroken if she would not be able to meet her family members, friends and people that she has met in heaven. This sentence impacted me a lot, and I started to imagine the situation. I felt the pain of forever losing someone and losing a life. I decided to make some changes not only in my own life but as well as other people’s life.

Then, the opportunity came during orientation week. Orientation week is an excellent chance for us to do outreach and invite students and friends to join our life group events. Even though what that leader shared impacted me, I found myself hesitating to take the audacious step to approach and share the Gospel to the friends around me. The fear of rejection and judgement, as well as failure, held me back. There were a lot of “what ifs” popped up in my mind. But God reminded me that He will be the one who can soften their hearts, and He is the one who will be able to transform their life. All God wants was a willing and available heart from me to partner with Him, and will be with me regardless of the responses from my friends. The next day, before I went to uni, I prayed to God that He will soften the heart of the people and give me the courage to take a step out of my comfort zone. And I managed to approach 2 students, and one of them said yes to join our Friday life group, and she is still with us now!

Knowing God’s heart for everyone keeps me going. I really want those who are reading this to take a small step forward out of your comfort zone. You will never know what God can do through your availability.

Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Carmen Chow
Master of Information Technology
Uni-Generation QUT3, Hope Church St Lucia

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