Point of Connection


reaching the immigrants next door

Key Bible Verse: I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22)

Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

While taking a graduate course at the University of Louisville, I was paired with a student from India [for] a social-research activity that had to be completed at one of the local malls. Since he did not have a car, I agreed to pick him up and take him home. As we travelled the local highway, I asked him questions about the South Asian community in the city. After hearing of his interest in tea, soccer, and cricket, he finally shared his interest in American movies. I asked him what he had recently watched. It did not take long before he stated that he and several men in his apartment complex had seen [The Passion of the Christ].

“What did you think about that movie?” I inquired.

“Oh, it was so bad what they did to that man.”

Over the next few minutes, he shared with me portions from the film, probably not realizing that this was the gospel message from the Bible. I was able to use this opportunity to talk about who Jesus is, why he was killed and arose, and how we should respond. While this student was Hindu, he was extremely open to talking about Jesus, the Bible, and my experience.

– J. D. Payne in Strangers Next Door

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