In a country that isn’t necessarily “open” to the Gospel, the big question is: how do you bring the Good News to those who need it? I have to admit, this is one of my biggest struggles with doing ministry here. It really forces you to break out of the typical ministry box. One of the strategies that God has given us since Day 1 is something called “English Corners.” We had seen this modeled by my sister Christi and her husband Frank (they no longer live here), and have seen the success they’ve had. Since almost everyone outside of America wants to learn English, and as Americans we ONLY speak English, it makes perfect sense. English Corners take place in coffee shops, restaurants, street corners and many other places!
This week, we officially launched our first English Corner! We purposely went with a soft opening and had 4 people show up for coffee and conversation. It was a great time of meeting new people from all walks of life. Literally 5 minutes after we started, one of the guys asked me, “Will you answer my questions about God?” While I tried to put on my theological thinking cap, I found myself a little taken aback. Talk about a conversation starter! What do you do with people who are so obviously hungry and ready to receive? This week, John is going to write down all the questions he has and I will do my best to systematically answer every single one of them.
One of the girls in the group is a 26-year old business woman named Kitty. She went from being a factory worker to creating her own line of beauty products. She is one of the few believers we’ve met and God has blessed her because of it. Another young man, James, is a guitar player in a rock and roll band. Others are working in various fields of business. Each of them are unique in their own way and have so much to offer. God is raising up a generation of leaders who can reach their own nation for Jesus. We believe that many lives are going to be saved and transformed through English Corners.
As a family, the transition to the mission field has been a growing experience. Anytime that you learn a new language and culture, this is true! We do our best to search for opportunities to share the gospel, live the gospel and open our Bibles to dig into God’s truth with the people we love and serve. We hope that you will pray for us, stand behind us and support us in this mission. When you give, more people are able to hear about Jesus for the first time. Visit our giving page, TellingAsia.com/give, to support what God is doing!