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Lots of Work to Do

Deep love compels a Chilean student to reach out to others.

LIsset Phillips and Ana Maria Pavez
  • Author: By Debbie Barron
  • Credits: Photograph Courtesy of George Phillips
  • Published: February 22, 2013
  • Ministry: Campus Ministry
  • Location: Chile

Ana Maria Pavez entered a classroom and took a seat at one of three desks clustered in the middle of the room at San Sebastian University. She and another female student were meeting with Lisset Phillips, a Cru staff member, to study the Bible in Santiago, Chile. Ana was in her second year at the university, studying medical technology. An introverted, practical young woman, Ana was committed to her studies and eager to grow in her new relationship with God.

The three women opened their Bibles and read John 1:12 "Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He have the right to become children of God" (New International Version.)

According to Lisset, Ana (left, on right) and the other student asked what would happen to good people who died without believing in Jesus. Lisset (left, on left) directed them back to the verse.

Reading it again, Ana's eyes widened, and she mentioned her cousins and friends. She wanted them to become children of God, too. She read the verse a third time and, with tears in her eyes, concluded, "Entonces tenemos mucho trabojo que hacer." Translation: "Then we have a lot of work to do."

Within a few weeks, Ana got to work. She invited Maca, a classmate, to activities with Vida Estudiantil (Student Life), the name of Cru on her campus. After several invitations, Maca showed up. When the meeting ended, one student leader explained to Maca how to become a Christian; she prayed and received Christ.

Today, Ana is still at work. She recently led another classmate to Christ. Ana, usually quiet and reserved, lights up when she talks about how Jesus has changed her life. "I feel His love in my life," she says. "I hope many people know Jesus Christ."

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