They begin each adult English (ESL) class with prayer and a short testimony or devotion. When Dale’s turn came, he told the students about how Jesus changed his life and how church was important to him. Then he asked each student, “Do you have a church home?” Some go to the Catholic church down the road, and one is Jehovah’s Witness, but some don’t have a church home—including Nancy.* So Dale asked Nancy a follow-up question: “What would it take to get you to come to a white person’s church?”
The Grandmother was a Christian from way back. We can imagine she had been praying for years. Perhaps she even prayed her son would meet Christian men and women in the US when he brought his family to Knoxville for a year.
One year: that’s all the time this Korean husband, wife, and two daughters had before they returned to their home county.
Walking the streets of a small city near the Syrian border, Jani prayed, “God, I’ve been here five times. The people I know…are in the same situations as two years ago. I don’t see any fruit or any way their lives are getting better. If you won’t let me move here, why have I been here five times now?”
Read more to learn more about Jani and how God raised her up to be KIN's Executive Director.
“The Bible tells us that God gives everyone gifts and talents. He also tells us to share our gifts and talents.” Every student was listening intently and taking notes as our culture class instructor began the class. She continued, “What are you good at?” The students took a moment to respond. For most of them, it’s counter-cultural to talk about oneself in this way.
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God is at work through KIN in metro Knoxville! Explore these stories of churches, volunteers, and others representing Jesus among our international friends and neighbors. You may recognize a situation or place.