Do you remember this past summer when Justin and I managed the Aroma Ximen cafe? We got to work with some pretty great people, and one of them is Andrew. If you don’t remember him, read this post first!
Andrew gave his life to Jesus almost one year ago; last April. He’s growing and learning a lot! In fact, Justin and I have the privilege of having Andrew in our weekly microgroup; a small discipleship group Justin leads. Also, Andrew is our new church intern! What this means is that he helps us with projects and events, serves in the church in many capacities, and will eventually begin shadowing Justin more as time goes on.
Andrew has quickly become a huge part of our community. It’s hard to imagine him NOT in it!
We’ve watched Andrew overcome much. One example of this is his struggle to follow Christ while also honoring his family. Honor is deeply rooted in Taiwanese culture and so you can understand his dilemma. He had desired to be baptized several months before, but when his family found out they threatened to kick him out of his home. With Holy Spirit guiding, we spent time with Andrew, trying to wrestle with what the Lord wanted him to do and how he could respect his parents. This struggle finally came to an end one week when God met Andrew in his kitchen. It was there that he heard a clear call to take a leap of faith and trust that God would work on his parents hearts.
Last Sunday, Andrew made a public declaration for his faith in front of our church community (and many new friends!) and was baptized. And so we rejoice!
It’s always a good thing when someone new joins God’s family, but it is so, so special when you get to walk along side that person in so many aspects of life and experience the journey with them!
We aren’t sure what God’s plans are for the rest of Andrew’s family… but we have confidence that God has good plans, and we wait in anticipation, ready to be used by Him.