So, why am I in Macau? Why did I come here? I want to see the students I worked with before when I was in Macau the first time!
I have a special connection with those former students - many good memories! When I was at the Concordia School of Special Education (CSSE), I taught them Bible stories, prayed with them, talked with them about their faith in Jesus, and directed a few plays for Christmas and Easter. I had a good relationship with them and developed bonds that aren't easily forgotten. it has been fifteen years since I left the last time but I have continued to remember these precious ones and have longed to see them again.
As I meet each one again here in Macau, it is a truly joyous reunion! I love seeing how they have grown, changed, and hearing how their lives are. One thing saddens me - they do not have the same support and encouragement in their faith as they did while at CSSE when Pastor Dunseth and I were there. One of the first things I immediately ask these students is 'Do you still read the Bible? Do you pray to God?' I've gotten the same answer, 'No, not really. I try, but I am busy with work and I'm too tired.' They are God's little lambs, the little ones who Jesus welcomes into His arms. They have been taught about the Bible, they have prayed, they have had faith. Some of them have been baptized and a few have been confirmed. But they do not go to church or read the Bible. During my time here in Macau, I will be encouraging them and reminding them what they learned as children.
I know that God loves these students and He has sent me here to find them, meet them, talk with them, and pray for them. I pray for opportunities and wisdom during my remaining time here in Macau. I pray that God will show me the way.