“My mission trip did not end in Fiji.”
by Matthew Farley
“Hi! How are you doing?” I asked the passenger seated next to me on my long flight home from Fiji.
“I’m fine,” my seatmate answered warily. She was dressed in black, had all kinds of piercings, and looked like a punk.
Smiling, I responded, “My name’s Matthew. It’s a pleasure to meet you!”
She glanced at me with a startled expression. Despite her initial shock, over the next five hours we began to talk. Soon I learned that 21-year-old Sophia was going through a hard time because her family had totally rejected her. They were angry with her because of her lifestyle and her piercings, among other things.
“They treat me that way because I have holes in my body, but they don’t know that they have holes in their own souls,” she stated. I simply listened as she shared the many issues she was facing and her personal beliefs, which were very different from mine. But I just sat there listening, and then said, “Wow! That is interesting.”
I continued, “I know you’ve had negative experiences with Christians, but if I had the time, I would share with you what God has shown me through His Word, and you would have a different perspective on Christianity.”
Then Sophia said, “Trust me, Matthew, I know.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
She answered, “I can see it in your life. You are the first Christian who has ever talked to me and has ever made me feel like an actual person.”
But as I shared how Jesus changed my life, Sophia shed a tear from each eye. Then I asked, “Can you draw me a picture of Jesus being comforted by an angel?” She said, “Wow. I’ve never drawn anything like that before, but I think I can try.” She drew the picture in 10 minutes, and it impacted her life. She said, “Wow! This is amazing!”
After we talked more, she got my contact information and wanted to stay in touch. I gave her the book Steps to Christ, and she said, “I’m really going to read this book.”
And as we got off the plane, we took a picture together, and Sophia said, “Thank you so much, Matthew! You’re the coolest flight mate I’ve ever had!”
I told her, “It’s only the goodness of the Lord.” And that is just one of the several experiences where I’ve been able to share Jesus in my travels. Do you dare to do the same?