How two HOPE Youth Corps interns shared their faith with Min Pennella on the plane after Reach2016:
As they sat on the plane after the Reach conference, on their way from St Louis to Philadelphia to lead the Philadelphia (Track 2) HOPE Youth Corps, Sean Tan and Mariah Boger were exhausted physically, but energized spiritually. Sean is from Singapore. He studies at the prestigious National University of Singapore, and Mariah is from Indianapolis. She studies at Purdue University. They are both Global Service Interns (GSI), full time students who are also training to lead HOPE Youth Corps programs.
They had just spent four electrifying days, listening to great lessons, and being trained as GSI by Derik Vett and Nadine Templer. They were ready to go! They sat on the plane next to a lady named Min Pennella. Having found out that she spoke Chinese, Sean tried his best to converse with her in his limited Chinese. Midway through the conversation, they discovered that she had a PhD in biochemistry from Texas A&M and that she was searching for a religion of some form.
Sean and Mariah were quick to act, sharing Acts 17:24-27, explaining to Min the personal relationship that God desired, and also praying for her. They talked about following Jesus, and how having a relationship with God was a daily choice. It is a decision to follow God, and it is a choice to deny oneself every minute of the day.
They found out that she was from Columbia, Missouri, and was flying to Wisconsin for a job interview. Mariah had just spent three weeks earlier in the summer in Columbia for a Ministry in Training (MIT) program, so she knew about the church there. Mariah got Min connected with the women’s ministry leader in Columbia, Robin Hawkins.
Min came to church in Columbia and began to study the Bible. Min ended up getting the job she interviewed for, and moved to Madison, Wisconsin. The sisters in Columbia got her connected with sisters in Madison, and she continued her studies there with Carol Nuelle, the women’s leader in Madison.
Min was baptized recently. We are so grateful for God’s miracles. We are also grateful for the faith of our young leaders, who serve, preach the word, and share their faith, spurred on by the Holy Spirit!
It is so encouraging to be part of a fellowship where we can all work as a team to help people find a relationship with God.
1 Corinthians 3:5-8: "What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building."