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How God Intersected With a Couchsurfer at Passion 2013

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One of the things I love about God is the way he pursues us . . . and how waits for us to recognize him there . . . desiring, patiently yearning, wanting to give us so much more than we could ever find in this world.

While we were volunteering at the Passion 2013 Conference in Atlanta, we heard the amazing story of how God pursued a couchsurfer named Samantha – and the surprising intersection of her life with his.


So what’s couchsurfing? Couchsurfing is a way to travel cheap. Instead of staying at a hotel, couchsurfers lodge in the homes of strangers in cities around the world free of charge. Couchsurfing.org is a hospitality-exchange network that connects travelers with hosts willing to accommodate them – often on their couch. There are over 5 million couchsurfing members in 97,000 cities in every country around the world.

Samantha’s couchsurfing journey took her to Atlanta to visit a friend who works for CNN. One afternoon she went to the CNN Center for a tour. The tour was canceled so she hung out in the lobby to wait for her friend to get off work.

A group of girls who were in town for the Passion Conference saw her sitting alone and started talking to her. They told her about the conference and ended up telling her about Jesus too.

Samantha was curious about the conference and wanted to check it out, so the girls miraculously found a way to get her a wristband so she could get in.

Every night after the conference, all 60,000 of the 18-25 year-old conference attendees migrated to community groups. It was a mass of slow-moving flesh as they flooded into the convention center to go to their designated meeting rooms. Imagine trying to move a crowd the size of an entire city! It took about 30-45 minutes minimum for everyone to reach their destination – but they went. That night, so did Samantha. Her new friends prayed for her while they were together in their group.

At community group the next day, the leader asked if anyone had begun a relationship with Christ. Samantha stood up. No pressure. No urging. No guilting. She just stood up and acknowledged what had happened in her heart.

Love how God adores and pursues us so that our lives intersect with his!

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Expect the unexpected.

How has God pursued you?


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