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Well, anyone who knows me (Ellen), knows that I love to ask questions. I love learning about people and each person’s story. Well yesterday at about 9:30AM I had the chance to talk with students about using questions(in the context of a conversation) to bring people closer to Christ! It was a privilege! I basically meshed 3 books together into one 3o minute talk (well for the record, it ended up being about 35 minutes with a prayer at the end!) The three books were God Space by Polluck, Questioning Evangelism by Newman and Finding Common Ground by Downs. I even took a picture of the students practicing “smiling”.. I’ll have to post that soon! The part that was most exciting to me is that most of the students come from a culture I don’t quite understand.. I’m a Northeast girl.. we don’t pretend to know Jesus to fit in! (apparently in the south, many would say they are Christians or know Jesus just because).. So as you can imagine, some of these students have never talked to an Atheist or even felt like a minority on a campus! I spent my time talking about Spiritual conversation killers, how to relate to others, as well as listening and how to ask good questions.
Later that afternoon one student, Ashten took me aside. She wanted to talk to me about my presentation earlier that day. She slowly and clearly said the following.. ” Ellen…. I want to tell you something…… your talk today was really helpful for me… my parents and family aren’t good communicators… they haven’t taught me how to communicate….. so I really appreciated your talk…. it’s something I’ve learned a lot from.” If this was the only person that God broke through to that AM, it was worth it! This takes the cake on all encouraging things that day! Praise God that he used me in this girls life and that not only has this girl learned something new, but the next generations will be different as a result! Thanks for investing in her life with me! It’s a privilege. When telling John about it last night I was almost in tears thinking about how sweet this girl is and how exciting it is to be able to serve Jesus here in NYC this summer.