Blake shifted from side to side trying to find a comfortable position on the grass. Trucks thundered past on the nearby highway. It was almost the end of a two week mission trip with Student Life. Blake and the other students were tired. He tried to pay attention to the ‘working with Student Life’ session, although he’d heard it before. Then one of the missionaries said, ‘Working with Student Life, you can have a real impact in people’s lives.’ Those words hit Blake in a powerful way because he had experienced that firsthand - he’d become a Christian through Student Life team members spending time with him, answering his questions, and investing in him.
‘What will happen to my kids?’ was the first question that flashed across my mind. My family was about to embark on a faith adventure by joining Campus Crusade for Christ Australia. That was in 1996. Our children were in a private school, my husband held an executive position in a large corporation and I was working part time in a media company in Sydney. Life was good and fulfilling but my husband Rex and I had sensed the compelling invitation from God to choose another path in life.
When Graham McDonald recently made a routine visit to his local auto store to have some car remotes programmed, he had no idea that the piece of paper he handed to the electrician at the end of his visit would have a life changing affect. He might never have known had he not returned one week later when his car radio ceased operating.
For years Nalo (name changed), a Lahu woman in Thailand, could not clench her fists, and the pain in her fingers caused her sleepless nights. She heard that Global Aid Network of Australia (GAiN) was coming to her village. Desperate, she came to the Thailand mobile medical clinic. She waited for hours to see the medical team. Finally—after seeing our doctor—she asked for prayer before leaving.
According to ministry leader, Daniel Win, when the team prayed for Nalo she suddenly was able to move her fingers. Thrilled, she asked for complete healing. The team realised she had a string and amulet tied around her wrist—a sign of spirit worship. The team asked Nalo if she wanted to put her trust in the one, true God and then ask Him for complete healing. She refused, insisting the bracelet was helping ward off evil spirits. She then bargained for God to first heal her completely; only then would she place her trust in the Lord. When the team told her she could not bargain with God, Nalo said: “Then I will bargain with the team. Pray for my healing and if God grants your wish, I will believe.” Knowing Jesus pursues people to great lengths in order to win their hearts, the team agreed and asked the Lord to grant her a good night’s sleep and a pain-free day. Then they invited Nalo to breakfast to see what the Lord might do overnight to prove His love for her.
Being born in a Christian family with two loving parents, God was always in Hester’s life, but not in the centre. Therefore as the worldly value of materialism infused her high school environment, Hester fell into this mindset.
She recalls, “I think being in that environment puts pressure on you… It’s all about competition, acceptance and approval, looking your best, being popular – my girlfriends and I were like our daddy’s princess…” Hester eventually stood at a crossroad, questioning the Christian world-views she’s always held in her heart. “I kept wondering if I really believed it, or had I been led to believe it. So it was a real struggle for me.”