“Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. 2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.
4 Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” 5 and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6 And the Lord called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy.9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”
[The next 8 verses are the Lord sharing a vision with Samuel that was difficult for Samuel to tell others. But Samuel is faithful to share it with Eli and not hide God’s words—making him a true prophet.]
19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the Lord. 21 And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.”
— 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-21
1. What has been the most challenging part of living overseas for a year? What has been the most rewarding part?
– Probably the most challenging aspect for me personally has been the difference in community size from here in East Asia compared to college life at CNU. During college, you interact with dozens of people at Cru weekly meetings, get deep in small groups with girls going through all kinds of struggles and joys, stay up late into the night laughing with friends in the library or adventuring around campus, etc. etc. But here in East Asia, my main new community is my team of ten people (seven Americans, three East Asians). They are God’s provision for me during my time here, and I am so grateful for the bonds we’ve formed and how the Lord has taught me so much through each of my teammates. Being an extrovert however, it has been a fight to be content in such a small community, and has pushed me to depend on the Lord and find fellowship with Him, as well as dig deeper in my relationships with the university students I’m reaching out to here on campus.