I basically started this blog because I wanted to write about Star Wars and Jesus. For two years I have kept true to that desire while mixing in some Avengers, Battlestar Galactica and a little bit of preaching. I didn’t know that my desire to write about nerdclinations and Jesus would lead to a friendship spanning thousands of miles.
One of the first regular readers at TheChristianNerd was Wilko, a nerd living in the African country of Namibia, who has also written this blog’s only guest post. He and I first interacted with each other in the comments section and later through Twitter and Facebook. At some point we went from Internet acquaintances to Internet friends, checking in on each other’s lives and ministries. This past December we went from Internet friends to actual friends as Wilko and his brother visited the United States and we got to meet each other in real life.
It’s not often that people plan their first trip to the United States and want to spend time in Rancho Cucamonga. The suburban lifestyle isn’t that exciting but Alycia and I were more than happy to host Wilko and his brother. Actually we were pretty much trusting in God. Most stories about inviting people you meet on the Internet into your home don’t end that well. Thankfully God knew what he was doing in bringing Wilko and me together.
Not only did Wilko and his brother visit Rancho Cucamonga but they also went on an inner-city mission trip with our high school group. It was amazing to know that even though we come from opposite sides of the world, we were able to partner together in serving our one true God. God’s love doesn’t know any borders and apparently nerdom doesn’t either.
I can’t say that I’ll invite everyone who comments on this blog into my home. I can say, though, that I was blessed to have Wilko and his brother in my home. I was blessed through our Internet friendship and I found deeper blessings through our real life friendship. A friendship I hope to continue through many years and sequels to The Avengers.
How has a friendship surprised you?