Looking forward while looking back
A couple weeks ago I was giving Manuel, an NCTC student, a ride home after one of our fellowship meetings. He hasn't been involved in our community for very long; he just moved here two months ago from Africa to start school. Jon, one of our NCTC student leaders, had been spending time with Manuel. As I was giving him a ride home it began to rain and then started hailing. I pulled over, a bit frustrated and parked under a gas station awning. We talked for a while and he shared about how different things are from what it's like back home in Africa. I've met several students over the years in his position who come to the states just for school and then plan to move back. Luckily he has an Aunt and Uncle here in Denton who he lives with. I can't quite wrap my mind around what that sudden change of culture would be like. I asked him if he has any friends here in Denton. He said, "No, not really, but Jon is my friend." I smiled, agreed with him and assured him that I was his friend too. His response was such an encouragement to me.
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Sergio, Niko, Jon, Tyrus, Adrian, Drew, Aaron
|Niko and Nathan|