(upbeat music).- Hi guys, name's Angel Gudeman..I am a--.(audience cheers).Thanks..I am a sophomore and a Sociology major..So I was asked to speak in Chapel today.and share some of my story with you..So even though I'm really.excited to do that,.at the same time it's.pretty nerve wracking.to get up and talk about who you are.and what makes you who you are..Whenever anyone gets up and speak,.we usually kinda define their story.and take a guess at what.they're probably like,.at least to some extent..But I actually think this active assuming.can be pretty dangerous,.because oftentimes you'd.be really surprised.at what we find underneath..Truth is, even though I have.blond hair and blue eyes,.when I was little I.would pray and be like,.God, please, can you please just give me.brown hair and brown eyes?.I really just wanna fit in.with the kids I play with,.and I really just wanna belong..Truth is, even though I speak English.with an American accent,.I also speak Spanish with a.very distinct Madrid accent,.which is Spain's capital..(audience whoops).Truth is, even though I.hold an American passport,.I also hold a Spanish passport,.as well as Spanish citizenship..Truth is, even though I'm from.a Spanish-speaking country,.I only learned what an enchilada.was here in the States,.'cause we don't eat Mexican food in Spain..(audience laughs).Truth is, even though if I wanna go home,.I have to fly about 6,000 miles.and spend around $1,000 on a plane ticket.to Western Europe, which.is where Spain is located..Truth is, even though I'm attending Biola.and have been for the past year,.I was born and raised in Spain,.the country I call home..Although I really don't know how to throw.a football to save my.life, I do love sports..And to me, a typical.hangout looks like this..Eating tapas at bars.in Spain with friends,.watching Real Madrid demolish Barcelona..(audience laughs and cheers).Sometimes in conversations,.I struggle to not grab.your hand or finish your.sentences and cut you off.'cause Spaniards like.to talk over each other,.which makes us a really loud culture..When I meet you, I'll shake your hand.but in reality, most of the interactions.throughout my life, I've.kissed the other person.on both cheeks, even though I'd.never even seen them before..You see, Spaniards are warm..They like to hug, and kiss, and touch,.and be close together..There's less of a sense of personal space..Spaniards are honest..They do less small talk.and more real talk..If you're acting stupid,.they'll let you know..And if you gain a lot.of weight this summer.and you look really fat in that outfit,.they'll let you know..(audience laughs).Spaniards are hospitable..To them, a two-hour visit.can feel like a short visit..Pictured here is a.woman named Maria Jesus..She was for me an adopted.Spanish grandmother..I've eaten more meals at her house.than I can even remember,.and before I would leave,.she would go through.practically every food item.she had in her house and offer it to me.before she'd let me go home..See, Spaniards are fun..They like loud music, they like to dance,.and they love being together..They love to celebrate.birthdays, holidays,.but they celebrate few things as hardcore.as they do when Spain does well in soccer..Pictured here are some.of our family friends.gathered all together in.our little living room,.which is considered a big.living room in Spain, actually..All on one couch, celebrating together.a goal that Spain has.scored in the Euro Cup..See, because of growing up in Spain,.it's pushed me away from a mine mentality.and pushed me more.towards an ours mentality..Although I like my schedule.and I like things planned,.the Spanish culture has.really taught me that.even though schedules are important,.sometimes it's even more.important to just stop.and see how people are doing..It's inspired me to see.the faith of Spaniards.who are madly in love.with Jesus in a country.where spirituality really.is not taken very seriously..And where less than one.percent of the population.are Evangelical Christians..It's opened my mind to the idea.of doing things differently..For me, it's highlighted the.things that the United States.does really well, the things.that Spain does really well..And it's helped me see.that every single culture.has something beautiful.that we can all learn from..So I'd encourage you, think.about the people in your life,.where they're from, and.ask them what they love.about those places..There's so many stories worth sharing,.and I guarantee you that.from every single one,.there's something that we can learn..Speaking of stories,.Yuma, another (mumbles).is gonna come up and share his story,.so please give him a warm welcome.and thank you so much for this time..(audience cheers).- Good morning, Biola..My name is Yuma, I am from Japan..Communication major, junior..First of all, I was quite sure.that I wouldn't become.involved in any religion,.not to mention Christianity..It's rare for people.to have faith in Japan.or share it with others in public..Also, in Japanese culture,.we care about harmony so much.that a person who is different from others.will be alienated..So I never thought about.becoming Christian,.which was uncommon to others..Then what was common to others?.Well, next slides please..This is my hometown..The Japanese are hardworking,.have a (mumbles).and are economically wealthy..We have so many world-leading periods,.such as technology,.art, fashion, and so on,.which I'm proud of..We are,.we are, we are performance-oriented..Live efficiently..So as a result, we produce so.many great things every day..So I love Japan, because.of those characteristics..But why are people working so hard?.Some of them are exhausted.working in darkness..I was also caught up with the mindset..My dream was just about.getting a high degree,.social status, and so on, by working hard..Before I knew it, I put all my effort.into chasing after those things..Those hard work to me, I.noticed that I was in darkness..In the midst of it, I came to.my turning point of my life..One day, one of my Japanese classmate.invited me to Christmas party,.which seemed interesting to me..So when I went there,.there was at a church..So as I already knew, I.wouldn't become Christian,.so I got really, really upset..But once I got to know.church people there,.they were so great to me..They were cheerful,.joyful, heartwarming..As if they were opposite.to what I was feeling..Since then, I went to church every week.to see how they could live that way..As I got to know Jesus,.I came to realize that.I came to realize how.wrong my life was to God..So I decided to become Christian..Even though I have so many sins.that I couldn't change by myself,.those were healed by His grace..Originally, my wish was to transfer.to prestigious universities in the US..But after I got to know Jesus,.I realized that my wish was just to.seek God instead of fame..So last semester, I came to Biola..After--.(audience cheers).Thank you..After I came here, I've been blessed.with so many wonderful things.such as classes, professors,.friends and so on..And also, I got an opportunity.to serve for global student,.where I got to share my story.and now I'm speaking..So it is still amazing for me.to look back how He guided me to here..I got to know the fact that.there are so many Japanese people.who are struggling without knowing.what their life purpose is..So I will continue to live.through a chase after Jesus..And share this joy with others.for the rest of my life..Thank you everyone so much for listening..(audience cheers).Next, Angie's gonna come up to.share her story with you..Thank you..(audience applause).- Hello, my name is Angie Lee..I'm a sophomore..(audience cheers).And currently my major is undecided..It is easy to write a story for someone.based off of their appearance..But I believe that everyone.has so many more layers.under the surface..And if we really take.the time to sit there.and peel away layer after layer,.we would be shocked to discover.that we were so wrong..Just like you can't judge.a book by its cover,.you can't write someone's story for them..I'm here today to tell you my story..If you've met me at all,.you would know that I'm an extrovert..I find joy in meeting new people.and developing relationships with them..Learning about someone and what has helped.shape them into the.person that they are today.is fascinating and rewarding for me..If you know me, you would know.how much I value relationships..I believe that it is by God's grace.that I turned into the bright.person that I am today..I was born and raised.in Southern California,.but as you can see, I.am ethnically Korean..As I grew up in America,.I went to American elementary schools..That's right, plural..I attended a total of four.different elementary schools..Each year, my parents.would move my younger,.my younger sister and.I to a different house.and as a result, we would have.to move schools every year..Instead of becoming closed often,.afraid of making new.friends, I learned to adapt..And as a result, forced myself.to be open and outgoing..I acquired an urgency in.building relationships.because I knew that we wouldn't.have much time together..Because I was unable to keep a consistent.friend group at school,.my only constant community.were my church friends..They were basically my family..However, in 2007, after my.last year of elementary school,.my parents decided to obey God.and become missionaries in Qingdao, China..When they told that we were.living out of the country,.I was furious..How could they take me away.from my only community?.Sorry..But no matter how much I didn't wanna go,.I knew I could not live.separately from my family..So I said goodbye to my.friends and I moved to China..In China, I attended an.international school,.where the majority of the.student population was Korean..These students insisted that.because I looked Korean,.I was Korean..This confused me, because all my life.I had thought that I was American..Another thing that came.as a shock for me was that.at international schools,.people come and go..For once in my life, I.wasn't the one leaving,.but rather, the one being left behind..Every year, I lost a close.friend and that broke me..For, these are some of my best friends..For the first two years.of living in Qingdao,.I was so angry at my parents and God..I hated being in a country.where I couldn't understand.the language and people pushed.you around on the streets..I missed my church friends back at home..I was feeling abandoned each year.as I lost friend after friend..I couldn't figure out where I belonged..Was I Korean?.Was I American?.Who was I?.With all of this going through my mind,.I started acting out in eighth grade..I hated that my parents had forced me.to move and suffer in China..I hated that God had made me move..I went through depression,.because I didn't know how to cope,.cope or process at all..Moving had had such a.big impact on my life,.and I sought comfort in the wrong places..The missionaries' daughter messed up..I shamed my family and.made it hard for them.to do God's work in the.place that they were called..I suffered eating disorders and.I was involved in self-harm..I shut out my family and the friends.that cared so much about me..My life was surrounded.by so much darkness..Thankfully, God is good and.he cares about his children..After refusing to see Him.or talk to Him for a year,.He began to soften my heart..He surrounded me with.loving adults and friends..Day after day, He showed me how precious.and loved I was..He opened my eyes to the hurt.that I was causing those who loved me..He called me daughter.and offered me His hand,.and I tried to fight it..But we all know that God.works to give us what's best..As soon as I grabbed a hold,.He led back into the light..Throughout my high school years,.I became notably brighter..I got involved at school and at church..I started pursuing those.deeper relationships again..But most importantly, I.learned that my identity.wasn't in a country, but.rather it was in Christ..I could stand firm in the.knowledge that I am a child of God.and that realization.alone was life-altering..God opened my eyes to see.how truly blessed I was.to have had the.opportunity to live abroad..I also was able to see my.parents in a new light..Who're brave enough, or obedient enough.to leave everything that.is comfortable behind.and take two daughters to a foreign,.not yet fully developed country..I look up to my parents now with so much.respect and admiration..I can only pray to be half.as obedient as they were..After living in China for seven years,.I have much of the.culture ingrained in me..I still have to stop myself.from crossing the street.whenever and wherever I want..(audience laughs).I crave Chinese food every week..I miss the public transportation.and the walking culture..It was so weird for me to be back here.and realize that I'm.not actually as American.as I thought I was..I was excited to be amongst.fellow Korean-Americans again,.but realized that I actually.don't really fit in there..Instead, I was able to relate to someone.who had grown up in India,.rather than a fellow Korean-American..Although I relate with the countries.America, Korea, and China,.I identify myself as a child of God..If you get to know me,.you will know that that is my story..What is yours?.(audience cheers).- Can we give a round of applause.for all our speakers again?.(audience cheers).And so something I truly believe.is that every student here in Biola.has a voice that needs to be heard,.and a story that needs to be told..And so, everyone's story is.a work of God's faithfulness.and God's restoration and redemption..And so I wanna share with you my story,.and this story is about.the power of questions..The power of questions has.something that has shaped my life.so let me share this with you..And so I'm not sure, how.many of you are familiar.with spiritual direction?.Spiritual direction is a time.where I meet with someone.once a month throughout the semester.and they journey with me.throughout the semester,.discerning the work of the.Holy Spirit in my life..And so let me paint the.picture for you right now..I'm sitting directly across.my spiritual director.in a little cozy room,.but my heart is heavy..You know, a close friend.of mine had hurt me.and I didn't know how to deal with it..And so I poured it out.to my spiritual director.and let him know all this confusion..And he asked me a question..The question that sparked something in me..He asked me this question..How do you feel when your friend hurt you?.How do you feel when your friend hurt you?.And I was dumbfounded when.I heard that question..I never known how I really felt,.all I knew was me stomping my feet.and being angry and confused..But as he asked that.question and I was able to.dig deeper inside for.the layers of emotions.and insecurities, the.journey of healing began..And so there's a power of questions..And so you're asking, why.do I share this story?.I share this story.because of my realization.of how powerful questions can be..But not just any kind of.random arbitrary questions,.but good questions, deep questions.that show someone that we know them,.we love them, and we see them..And so Glennon Melton, a.famous writer that I admire.said this, she said,.\"questions are like gifts\"..While caring questions are like a key.that unlocks the room.inside the person you love,.a half-hearted question locks you out..And so, it's the thought.behind the question.that the receiver really feels..We have to know the receiver.to give the right gift.and ask the right questions..And so let's try this..Maybe next time your.roommate comes in, you know,.into your room, maybe you.can ask something else.other than, how was your day?.Maybe we can ask something like, you know,.how did that difficult exam.go that you were studying for,.or how did that meeting go?.And maybe when we see our.friends we can ask them.different questions.other than how are you?.Because you know what,.they don't know either..It was a lot..And so, maybe we can ask.different questions like,.what's been going on really.well with you recently?.Or even what's been.really difficult for you?.And when you meet global.students like Angie and Angel,.you know, instead of.asking questions like,.which country is better,.Spain or the USA, choose..You know, we could ask.different questions..We can ask questions like,.what do you love about Spain?.And what do you love about the US?.And so, I know these.questions seem a little weird.and awkward, but you.know, it's not any weirder.than asking the same.boring, empty questions.every single time, and getting.the same boring answers.back in return..And so, now don't get me wrong,.I'm not saying that the questions like.how are you or what's up are wrong..You know, I use this so much too..But I believe that personal.gifts and personal questions.feel so much better, don't you?.Love is specific, and the.more time and attention.we pay to our questions,.the more beautiful the answers become..And so I'd like to emphasize.this quote by Tim Keller..He says, \"to be loved but.not known is comforting,.\"but superficial..\"To be known and not loved.is our greatest fear,.\"but to be fully known.and truly loved is, well,.\"a lot like being loved by God.\".And so how can we start our journey.of knowing and loving one another?.How can we abound in love?.How can we love our neighbors.and those that look different from us.and talk different from us?.Well, just like my.spiritual director began.of asking me good questions,.we too can start practicing.this by asking personal.and specific questions..Because, through the power of questions,.we demonstrate the love for our neighbor..And so as we sing this next.song, \"This I Believe\",.it is truly a wonderful opportunity.that though we come from.100 different countries,.backgrounds, we believe.in the same one God,.who saved us, who restored.us, who redeemed us,.and who is revealing Himself.a little in every culture..So let's stand as we continue to worship..- [Voiceover] We hope.you enjoyed this message..Biola University offers a.variety of Biblically centered.degree programs, ranging.from business to ministry,.to the arts and sciences..Learn more at biola.edu..