Fajitas, friends, and faith
Justin is a Time For God volunteer from the United States. This post was originally published on his personal blog, "Great Scott-ish Adventure" on 2 February 2015.
Last week I found myself in the midst of strangely beautiful moment that just sort of, happened. The main ingredients of this moment were fajitas, new friends, and faith. The story begins with an evangelism week for the local universities around Edinburgh. I have had a close relationship with Napier University and was invited to support this week through the role of a “Christian Union Guest.” There were many people from all over the world who came to support the Edinburgh universities. I was just one of many showing support for this evangelism week.
Each day was packed full of outreach and activities. We began at 7:30am with a prayer meeting which was followed by handing out flyers around campus, making conversation, and inviting students to events throughout the week. No matter how well you know me, it’s pretty easy to pick up on the fact that I’m a pretty outgoing person, but outreach and evangelism in this way opened a new chapter for me. I watched how my fellow “Christian Union Guests” approached strangers and invite them into conversation. I slowly gained confidence to advertise a free lunch or engage in an inquisitive discussion.
As the afternoon passed, the conversations continued and the Christian Union Guests engaged in daily recap meetings at 5:00pm. On Tuesday afternoon, just after our daily review the beautiful moment arrived. Hunger was lingering and everyone was thinking about dinner and what to eat. One of my fellow guests, Scott, invited several people over to his flat for fajitas. I was lucky enough to receive this invitation which I could not turn down. Let’s just say, he had me at “fajita.” Our group of 7 walked over to his flat sharing highlights from our days and soon enough the smell of fajitas was wafting through the air.
I was listening to the various conversations and enjoying this delectable meal when I had a strange realization and I had to inquire. So I awkwardly asked, “I know many of you are from all over the place, so I j [Fajitas] ust thought I’d ask. Did any of you know each other before this week? Like, before 48 hours ago?” Everyone looked around at each other and each person slowly shook their heads. Even though I shouldn’t be so surprised, I was in awe of the amount of community that we, as complete strangers, had together in less than 48 hours of knowing one another. Later, I was able to awkwardly ask, “Hey guys, can I take a selfie with you?” The picture [below] is the hilarious result.
There was something strangely beautiful that happened that night as we consumed one of God’s great creations, fajitas. We met together because of our bond in faith and a call to share the Good News. Because of this lovely meal together, I have new people in my life who I can confidently call my friends.
After reflecting on this experience, I am reminded of the first believers after Christ’s death and resurrection. Here’s what it says about those people in Acts 2: 42-47: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”