Usha's Story

Sharing faith as a follower of Jesus and an Asian woman, Usha tells stories of helping others come to know Christ

Sharing faith as a follower of Jesus and an Asian woman, Usha tells stories of helping others come to know Christ

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People who are not followers of Jesus
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don't want to be seen as a target.
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I think we need to genuinely care
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and love people
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regardless of what the outcome is.
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My name is Usha.
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This is my story.
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I was born into a Hindu home
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and my understanding of God
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came from my parents, obviously.
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I remember going to school, to primary school
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with my older sister,
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it's one of my earliest memories
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and not being able to speak English.
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And there was a teacher
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that invited my older sister
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to Sunday school.
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Every week she would pick us up
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in her little grey Mini
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and she would take us to Sunday school.
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I heard about Jesus every week at Sunday school
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and about becoming his follower.
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I knew that I had to follow Jesus.
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I knew even at the age of 11
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that I had a conscience
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and that I had a sin issue
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that I had to deal with.
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That loving, Christian community,
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that reached out to us
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even though they didn't know anything about our religion,
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our culture, we didn't have Sunday best,
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but they knew that they could love us
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with the love of Christ.
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As an Asian woman now
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I can look at faith from my cultural perspective.
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I'm very excited about my role
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as a follower of Christ
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to be able to share my faith,
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not as a professional,
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just as one woman
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sharing who Jesus is to another woman.
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So, I met a group of ladies at the gym.
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I started going to the gym at about eight o'clock
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and every time I got there
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they were there before me,
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so eventually I started going to the gym
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at about five in the morning
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and they invited me to go running with them
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and so, I found myself sharing my faith.
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I didn't feel like I had to invite them to church
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but I felt that they needed to engage
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with who Jesus might be
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on a day-to-day basis first.
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And as time went by
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these ladies just started asking me
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more and more about God.
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I called it 'Church on the Run'.
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And each one of these ladies became very precious to me
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and have a faith in Jesus
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and I'd like to think
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that I was a part of that journey.
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I think that sharing Jesus with women
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as a woman, it's so much easier.
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There's a sisterly aspect
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of womanhood
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that when we come alongside each other
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and live life together,
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it's very enriching.
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All of us have the ability
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to share what Jesus has done for us.
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What that person decides to do with Jesus
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is not up to me.
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My role is to love them
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with the love of Christ,
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regardless of what I think the results may be.
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The older I get,
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the less concerned I am
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of making a fool of myself.
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And I think one thing that women are guilty of
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is always trying to measure up to somebody else
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and I think sharing Jesus
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shouldn't be that.
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There's a humility
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in the way that we share Jesus as women
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and I don't think we should be afraid of that.
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I think that should actually be an empowering part
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of our ability to talk about Jesus to others.