By Johnny Guyo
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9, NIV.
My roommates were government scholars from the south sent by
their respective agencies to upgrade. They were very studious.
When I went back to my room the following Monday, I brought with
me my Bible, Sabbath school lesson, and devotional book. I did personal
devotions: reading the Bible and the morning devotional and studying the
Sabbath School lesson.
One study practice my roommates and I would do before studying was
to read the Bible and pray.
During my stay in the dormitory, I lived the Seventh-day Adventist
lifestyle. No swearing or cursing, no night out, no eating of unclean food,
no vices. I also did my best to be courteous and respectful, kind and
understanding, patient and friendly.
In school, most of my classmates were Born Again Christians. They
would have Bible studies. One of them was a brave guy. He would bring
his thick Bible, walk in the middle aisle of the classroom, and sit in the
front row of our Molecular Biology class. I also befriended a classmate
who is a nun.
I behaved as SDAs should. No cheating, no loud talking, no bullying,
no outrageous hairstyles, and the like. I showed respect to everyone
and did not attend school activities held on Sabbaths. All this time I
never discussed about religion with them, nor did I tell them that I am a
Toward the end of the semester, the Seventh-day Adventist local church
had an evangelistic meeting in the university. I took the chance to invite
my friends by giving them brochures about “Revelation Seminar.”
One of my roommates suddenly exclaimed, “I knew all along that you
are a Seventh-day Adventist.”
How did he know? Perhaps, I did shine for Jesus through my lifestyle and
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