Late January this year, I received an email from a Cambodian pastor who shared a wonderful testimony of a lady who found Christ. I now share an edited version below so that you too will be blessed by it.
“A week ago as I was walking by a village in a remote area, I heard a sound of someone groaning in pain. I went towards the place and found a woman lying on the ground. I asked her, “Why are you here grandma?” She said she was picking some leafy vegetables to cook for the monks. “Why are you cooking for them?” “Because I stay in the temple and I wish in my next life, I will do better so that I will be good enough to go to heaven.” I asked her, “Did you find the way to heaven yet? “I don’t know,” she said. “If you don’t know why are you still doing all this?” “I do it because I am just following what I was told.” I told her, “Buddha did not promise to bring anyone to heaven. In fact, he said that it all depends on you. Do good receive good and do bad receive bad.” She asked me, “what should I do?’ I shared with her about Jesus who came … and offered salvation to everyone who believe in HIM. She said, “Really? I didn’t know that, but I only knew that those who believe in Jesus will disgrace and abandon their parents. Now I hear the true story I am happy.” I ask her, “Do you want to go to heaven?” “Yes I do.” Then I led her to the Lord. She was so happy. I told her that it was not an accident that she fell, if I didn’t hear her groans I would not be able to tell her the way to heaven. She asked me, “Do you have a church here?” I told her that I plan to start one soon. She said that if there is one in the village, she will attend and worship there.”
We could learn from this story some helpful guidelines for our personal evangelism.
First, we should recognize that there is no accident with God. Like this pastor who helped the poor lady, it was God who orchestrated all things that led to her salvation.
Second, we must seize every opportunity to share Christ and do good to others. We should turn the unexpected ‘inconveniences’ into opportunities to share Christ.
Third, when sharing the gospel, there is no need to denigrate other people’s religion.
We should be bold but tactful in our witnessing. Let us practice Paul’s guidelines:
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Col. 4: 5, 6).
Rev. Mark Tay