Our Labors Are Not in Vain

By Josh Driver – OASIS Program Coordinator

I’ve been coordinating events with HCC and now OASIS for nearly four years. Thousands of students have come through activities, many of which I planned. But I don’t know what impact, if any, my work has had in most of their lives. God tells us to fix our eyes on what is unseen, and I pray that prayer often. But sometimes encouragement is needed. God faithfully showed me fruit, fruit that lasts, in the lives of Chinese students.

The re-entry China trip immediately started with encouragement of a story that embodies the mission of HCC. A young man in Taiwan was hosted by a family, and he saw Christ through the simplest acts of kindness and support. God used the host mother’s washing and folding his clothes, clothes of a stranger, and the host father’s supporting him after a car accident to bring him to Christ. He attended a fellowship and grew in Christian community in Minnesota.

In Taiwan, we discovered he has a church home, reads the Bible daily, and even plans to visit the Philippines to share the Gospel! We finished that evening listening to his testimony and praying together. Encouragement is right! May the Lord multiply the fruit in our brother.

God encouraged me in another, more powerful way that unquestionably only he could have done. In a northern city a week later, we met with four sisters in the Lord who all experienced God’s hand in their lives during their time in Minnesota. They all become believers in different years, but God has brought them all to the same city in 2018.

Furthermore, a believing woman and her family will be joining them very soon, making this city a massive light and testimony to HCC’s mission and hope. She was very active in Minnesota, leading kids’ camps, Mom’s Time, sharing the Gospel online, doing devotionals, leading parenting, and so much more. She was a champion to Chinese in Minnesota. To see how God first called these women to Him over the last four years and called them to the same city is incredible.

Let us be refreshed and exhorted that our efforts are not in vain. 2 Corinthians 15:58 says, “ Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not vain.”

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