Lynette's Story | Simply Eat

Sharing food with international students can have a lifelong impact

Sharing food with international students can have a lifelong impact

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Singaporeans will often say
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that their whole lives are about food.
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My name is Lynette, and this is my story of food and faith.
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A huge turning point in my life
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was when I came to Britain as an international student.
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As I got to know friends at university,
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I got to know lots of people
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from different countries, different backgrounds,
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and the one thing that always united us
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was sitting down and sharing food together.
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And that gave us the basis of sharing life
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and talking much more deeply together.
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I had a friend from Brunei
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who had lots of meals with us
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and through that, you know,
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started to really ask myself
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and a couple of other Christian girls,
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"Well, what is it you believe?" and
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"Why does Jesus make such a difference in your life?"
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And through those conversations,
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being able to share with her who Jesus was,
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and she gave her life to Christ
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at the end of our first term.
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As you share a meal together,
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you can pour out the things that really matter to you,
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the things that are on your heart,
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and God, I think, has used those moments
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to minister His grace.
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Although there are thousands and thousands
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of international students in this country,
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almost 80% or 90% never get invited
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into a British home.
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A number of years ago,
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when our children were very small,
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we invited a whole group of international students
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round for a meal,
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but we had more students than we'd anticipated.
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We had the children actually being quite patient,
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but as children would be, you know, banging on the table.
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And I thought, "Oh my goodness,
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"this is such a terrible demonstration of family life.
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"This is so messy, it's so awful."
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But at the end of the meal,
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as we were washing up,
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the girl I was washing up with
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just started chatting with me about her life,
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and a few months after that
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she rang us up and said,
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"Do you know, since that day,
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I've really been thinking.
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I want a family life like that too."
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And I was really stunned.
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I thought, "It was so chaotic."
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But she said, "There was something there.
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I don't know what it was,
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there was something different,
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and I'd really like to know more about Jesus."
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Eating together is very Biblical, Jesus did it,
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but it's right through the Old Testament as well.
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I think God uses food as a bridge, very often,
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to speak His love, His care,
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His sustenance, and His hospitality
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into other people's lives.