5/18/10 Natale', 31, and Nzi, 28
Today I enjoyed some time with Adam, a brother from church, as we walked over to the IIT campus to witness. At the student center some older students were involved in a chess game at a table so I went over to see if they'd be willing to answer some questions about their spiritual beliefs. They were, so Adam and I introduced ourselves as we sat down to talk. Natale' is a graduate architectural student from Sudan and has been in the U.S. for about 2 years. He grew up in a Catholic family, but at college in Sudan he became an evangelical Christian, committed to the Bible as God's word rather than the traditions of his church. Nzi (did I get that right Adam?) is an electrical engineering students from Nigeria and has been here in America just a few months. He grew up in a Pentecostal family, and seems to be solid in his Christian faith also. Both were committed to Christian outreach and evangelism in Africa but since coming to America have discontinued this, saying they have been busy with their studies. They also don't seem to be a part of a local church other than a Christian organization on campus. I tried to encourage them to reach out with their faith and told them they were welcome to our church, just a few blocks away. Afterward, Adam and I - both fisherman- couldn't help comparing witnessing to that feeling in fishing when "you never know just what is on the other end of the line".