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Copyright: ©2007 James J. Jackson
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OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE FAITH ABOUND AS WE TRAVEL

By: James J. Jackson

I have had the opportunity to travel much of the world over the past twenty five years, and it is amazing how often I have encountered opportunities to share my faith with others as I travel.

I traveled to Sri Lanka during October and early November 2005 with a team tasked with rebuilding an orphanage destroyed by the tsunami on December 26, 2004, and to issue eyeglasses.  Many of the people had either lost theirs in the giant wave or never had the means to obtain them.  The second phase of the trip was to Trivandrum, southern India, to conduct strategic planning for a group called Passiton, India.

Local politics prohibited the rebuilding segment, but we examined over 2,000 people and issued over 1,600 pairs of glasses.  The recipients were filled with gratitude.  But some of the people wondered out loud why their God would bring such grief upon them, in spite of their faithful worship life and hard work.

Such conversations opened opportunities to tell them about a loving Lord who died to pay for our sins, for which we cannot pay, and offers us eternal life. We take care not to denigrate their beliefs, but we seize the opening to talk about ours, and to explain how sin came into the world and brought with it disasters and pain.

People in other countries are extremely interested in the American culture, and often ask questions ranging from family structure, to our eating habits, to our religious beliefs.  In Taiwan, a young woman who worked in a Buddhist temple asked me about being a Christian in America.  She inquired as to how the Buddhists and Christians got along here.  She seemed shocked when I told her that there are very few Buddhist temples in America.

She wanted to know more about what we believed and actually invited us to have tea right in the office area of the temple, where we shared the love of Christ and His offer of  eternal life.  She asked us to pray with her that she could obtain this precious gift. We did as she asked, and, when I left Taiwan she was regularly attending Bible studies and worship with a local Christian group.

During a trip to India, a man at a Hindu temple, showed us the ’dead god tree’ outside the temple.  He explained that an item that is no longer useful as a god is brought to the temple and placed on the ground around this tree.  He asked if Christians have such a tree.  I explained that we have no need for such a tree, because our God doesn’t die, but is eternal.  As one friend of mine said, “Jesus would say, ‘Been there, done that’”.

I presented the Gospel message, which he found interesting. But he was afraid to pray to receive Christ‘s free gift for fear of losing his family and friends. One who converts to Christianity is shunned and considered dead.  But a seed was planted. Many Hindus have received the saving grace of the Gospel message and found that God provides them with a new family of friends and associates.

I believe that wherever I am, whether traveling abroad or running an errand to the store, it is most important to be ready and willing to share my faith.  Romans, 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes….”

The Lord commands that every Christian share His message of salvation. We need not be afraid; the Holy Spirit will give us the words to say.

 

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