Posted by: Brittany Asbury | July 19, 2008

It all started with an Arabic hello

Oh my goodness!! So God is definitely full of surprises! Just recently we met some of our neighbors who are from Samalia. Initially we thought they were arabic so were trying to speak to them in arabic. lol That was an embarrassing mistake. πŸ™‚ But it led to a friendship! We just kept saying hi to them everytime we saw them on their porch. One evening as we were greeting them at their porch, Ms. Susan* wanted to come see our house. As we showed her our home, she invited us to her cousin’s wedding. We were so ecstatic. Then we invited them to dinner. So we’ve just had all kinds of opportunities to hang out with them. Last night was the dinner and the wedding is tonight, in approximately 3 hours! πŸ™‚ (We even went to goodwill and bought special clothes so that we could respect their culture.)

But the dinner we shared with them last night was so incredible. To be honest, I was nervous. I knew they were Muslims and I was wondering how the dinner prayer would go. After some advice from some missionary friends, we asked relational questions and avoided pushing our beliefs on them. When we asked if they would mind if we prayed before dinner they seemed slightly hesitant but agreed that it was ok. Then later that night one of the younger Samalian girls asked us what we believed. LIndsey bravely shared how we believed Jesus was the Son of God and the only way to Heaven. Boom! There it was. I was so afraid they would get angry and leave our house. But they didn’t. They politely disagreed, but still stayed at our house for an hour or so later talking and laughing with us. We even taught them how to make smores! That was pretty cool! πŸ™‚

It was just so awesome to see God work last night! I’m so proud of Him!! I’m proud of my God and I’m glad we got to share our faith with them last night! They really are awesome girls. Two of them were right around our age. It just showed me alot about trusting God in scary and new situations and being proud of who He is. I’ve been learning to keep God bigger in my eyes than the other people around me; living to please God instead of people. My God is big enough to handle anything. I’ll have to write back and let you know how the wedding goes tonight! πŸ™‚

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  1. Once again, thanks for sharing your stories
    of the wedding. I know your neighbors will miss you
    all! You’ve shown us all how to open our doors and our hearts not only to the homeless, but to our
    neighbors!

    Carol
    Friend of Jeff St.


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