Suh Nei: Obeying the Lord’s Command to Go

Suh Nei

"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'" Romans 10:14-15

Each of us are called to make the name of Jesus known, whether it be as a full-time missionary, as a volunteer in the local church, or as a daily witness to the goodness of Christ in our households. This summer, among the myriad of different opportunities the DBU Family took to serve, Suh Nei spent two months sharing her faith to unreached individuals in Central Asia.

Suh remembers very clearly the exact moment the Lord called her to serve on a mission trip. Nearly a year ago on September 14, 2021, Suh attended a "Common Ground" organization meeting on campus where a missionary couple came to speak to their group. It was then that the Lord began to stir Suh's heart for missions. The following Thursday, the Baptist Student Ministry began promoting the GoNow Missions Discovery Weekend, and Suh decided to make it a priority to go learn about opportunities to serve.

"Through the GoNow Discovery Weekend, the Lord started to give me the desire, love, and heart for the nations," Suh says. "That weekend as GoNow was explaining different opportunities around the world, Central Asia was mentioned. I heard God say clearly 'there it is, that's where you will go.'"

Suh Nei's life is a direct result of someone else's obedience in sharing the gospel. When she had a moment of doubt concerning her calling to Central Asia, Suh says the Lord reminded her of her family's past. "The Lord said to me, 'you wouldn't even be sitting here at this GoNow Discovery Weekend if Adoniram Judson didn't obey me,'" Suh shares. Many years before Suh would be sitting on DBU's campus, Adoniram Judson was called by God to go to Myanmar. While Judson was there, he came into contact with Suh Nei's great-grandparents and shared the gospel with them. "If Judson had refused to go to Myanmar, how would my great-grandparents have come to hear about Jesus? After reflecting on this, I was convicted of my need to go and spread the gospel where the gospel is not commonly known."

With that reminder and the words of Romans 10, Suh obediently traveled to Central Asia where she and her team spent the following two months faithfully living out the Great Commission. While in Asia, Suh and her team utilized the English teatime throughout the week to go into the community and share the gospel with locals. Throughout their trip, the team spent time playing games with local youth in the park and creating friendships that would lead to gospel conversations. On Saturday afternoons, the group would gather by the park or by the sea and offer breakfast to the community in hopes of sharing the love of Christ with them.

"I enjoyed meeting the locals and getting to taste their culture. Being able to live there for two months opened my eyes and has given me the ability to see from a different lens than being a tourist," Suh shares. "I was able to experience first-hand what it is like to live in a country where almost everyone is Muslim and to be in the midst of a place overcome by the spiritual darkness. I was in awe of the atmosphere around us caused by this."

As she has now returned home and started classes on campus once again, Suh reflects on her summer spent in Central Asia and is excited to share the many memories she made with her friends and family. Suh encourages anyone who is considering traveling on an international mission trip to begin preparing their heart now. "Be certain that your relationship with God is strong," Suh says. "Praying can feel harder when there is spiritual darkness; we must always be ready to fight any spiritual battle that might come and always have on the full armor of God. We must strive to become people of spiritual discipline."

Suh is from Fort Worth, Texas, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a minor in Political Science. God willing, Suh hopes to continue in her studies to obtain her Master's in Global Leadership from DBU.

Written by Emmalie Ellis

Emmalie Ellis writes for the University Communications department at Dallas Baptist University.