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Ryan Vo

July 30th, 2013

Ryan Vo

Summer Intern for College & 20’s ministry and Student at Southern Miss

“The Only One without a Cross”

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“I was 5 years old sitting in my kindergarten class and was the only one without a cross necklace on.” This might not seem like a huge deal to most kids, but for Ryan this was one less thing he needed to put him against the crowd. As a minority racially and religiously, he is Vietnamese and Buddhist, which made it hard to fit in with his southern American Christian classmates. However, he lived 17 years in the South never once hearing The Gospel.

“In high school I was in a relationship with a girl who told me that she was pregnant with my child. I decided right then I was going to become a father and accept the responsibility of this new life. I was committed to a trip to Europe for a couple of weeks, but when I got back home I would focus wholeheartedly on my unborn child. However, before I left for Europe the girl and I broke up and I would be left out of the child’s life. Obviously, I went to Europe with a lot on my mind. Who knew there I would meet the answer to everything.”

Victor was his roommate during his trip in Europe. Victor had no clue what was going on in Ryan’s life, but provided the hope Ryan needed at just the right time. Victor was intentional and genuine about his faith in Jesus. He was the First Christian Ryan had ever met that not only proclaimed Christ, but also was walking with Him. Victor shared the gospel in a very simple, straight-to-the-point way: Jesus is not just the head of a religion, but He is more than that. He is life. He is the embodiment of love itself.

“A couple of months after I came back from my trip my ex-girlfriend called me. She told me she had lied, and the child she was carrying wasn’t mine.”

God obviously uses our misguidance’s to get our attention and, above all, for His glory. His life is no longer about trying to be a part of the standard American way of life, but that of the Kingdom of God. “They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.” (Psalm 145:12-13)

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