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The Right Wrong Place

“Lord, if You have a reason for me being here, please show me what it is,” I prayed silently. When I opened my eyes, I saw a young woman approaching me.

I can’t believe I’m in the wrong place, I thought with mounting anxiety. I was trying to find my freshman orientation class, but with my limited knowledge of the campus and the local language, I was afraid I wouldn’t make it in time. I was just about to leave the building when I felt a strong impression to stay.

“Lord, if You have a reason for me being here, please show me what it is,” I prayed silently. When I opened my eyes, I saw a young woman approaching me.

“Hello, my name’s Amina,” she said softly. “Where are you from?”

When I told her, she visibly brightened. “Basima, come here,” she called to her friend. “I may have found someone who can teach you the language you’ve been wanting to learn.”

Amina introduced me to Basima, a fellow freshman. She seemed very shy, but she willingly gave me her phone number and told me that she looked forward to hearing from me. I strongly felt that Jesus had led me to her and, suddenly, being in the “wrong place” didn’t seem so bad.

Initially, Basima and I communicated through simple text messages. But as my grasp of the local language increased and her shyness diminished, our friendship began to grow. We cooked and studied together, and I invited her to my apartment each Wednesday for language classes. These were special times when we shared about our families, hobbies, and even our spiritual lives. Slowly, Basima began to open up to me. She began to smile more and initiate conversation.

I participate in the Waldensian Student program, in which students attend secular universities in countries in the Middle East and North Africa where it’s difficult to share the gospel. As we pursue a degree or take courses, we look for opportunities to share Jesus’ love with our fellow students, professors, and friends.

I introduced Basima to some of my fellow Waldensian students, and she enjoyed spending time with them. One night, she joined our study of God’s Word. This gave me the courage to invite her to our worship service the following Sabbath, and, to my surprise, she accepted!

For the next several months, Basima brought some of her friends to our Bible study. She wanted to share with them the gospel message that had begun to change her life, but as she did, she often received the brunt of their anger. Thankfully, her faith in Jesus only grew stronger.

One evening, as we walked back to her dorm, Basima confided that she felt strongly attracted to the God of love she had found in the Bible. She confessed that she had felt a deep void throughout her life and that this void seemed to be vanishing as she learned about Jesus.

Basima began to read Steps to Christ and The Desire of Ages as well as study the Bible books of Daniel and Revelation. She felt that she had discovered precious truth, but when we had a discussion about baptism, she said she needed to think a while about taking this step. My friends and I prayed a lot for Basima during this time.

A few days later, I received a text from Basima saying that she wanted to be baptized. I read that text over and over. I was so happy for my friend!

Basima’s journey since her baptism hasn’t been easy. She’s lost some friends, but she continues to share her newfound faith with her classmates and family. To her great joy, her mother recently accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and God.

Basima’s story is just one of many that I could tell you about how God is working in the lives of students here. My heartfelt prayer is that He will continue to arrange divine appointments for me so that I can share His love. He can send me to the “wrong place” anytime He chooses!

—Story courtesy of the Middle East and North Africa Union. 

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