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Isaac experienced God at work on campus at LCC International University during the Summer Language Institute.

“Where are you going?”

“We’re going to a Bible study—do you want to come?”

Isaac was walking across the campus of LCC International University, a Resonate Global Mission partner in Lithuania. He was spending three weeks as a volunteer teaching English with the university’s annual Summer Language Institute.

Isaac had spent his afternoon teaching English lessons to high school students and young adults from diverse countries and cultures—and now he was headed to a Bible study with a few friends. The campus was bustling with students as they headed off to various clubs, but when Isaac and his friends ran into a group of girls and invited them to the Bible study, they said yes.

Even though they weren’t all Christians.

Luka was in that group, and Isaac shared that she was “closed off to the gospel.” She came from a culturally Catholic background that left her feeling disconnected from God. But that all changed in just a single night.

It was a great experience to be able to walk alongside someone as they decided to give their life to Christ. It also helped me grow as a Christian to be able to lead people in their own relationship with God.

The teacher who was leading the Bible study started by asking if anyone had any questions. Someone asked a question that launched into a discussion about faith, church, and God. While Luka had grown up hearing about Jesus, that night she saw the love and hope of the gospel through new eyes.

When it was time for the Bible study to end, Isaac noticed that the discussion was long from over. The Holy Spirit was at work, and he invited anyone who wanted to stick around to stay for more discussion and prayer.

Luka asked for prayer—she wanted to follow Christ! Isaac and the teacher leading the study prayed with Luka, and over the next three weeks of the Summer Language Institute, Isaac watched Luka fully embrace her new faith. When it was time for Luka to go home, a staff member helped her connect with a local church.

“It was a great experience to be able to walk alongside someone as they decided to give their life to Christ,” shared Isaac. “It also helped me grow as a Christian to be able to lead people in their own relationship with God.”

That summer, two students decided to give their lives to Christ. Another student decided that she wanted to get baptized once she returned home.

“We also had two students who never had contact in their lives with Christianity hear about the gospel for the first time,” said Isaac. 

A member of a church plant in Texas, Isaac decided to volunteer through Resonate because he wanted an opportunity to serve God in a different context. He was especially interested in Lithuanian culture and connecting with people from Eastern Europe. Isaac has plans to volunteer with the Summer Language Institute again this year!

Want to join Isaac at the Summer Language Institute this summer? Resonate is looking for volunteers to teach English lessons and more! Contact Ruth Lemmen for more information rlemmen@crcna.org