I’ve known Megan since 7th grade. She knew I went to True Jesus Church and that services were on Saturday, but that was all I ever shared with her. Evangelizing to her never crossed my mind because religion rarely crept into our conversations. It wasn’t until my dad asked if I wanted to bring her to a Friday hymnal praise night that I actually did. We learned in RE class that arguably the most effective type of evangelizing is personal evangelism; from friend to friend, family to family. I realized I was very lukewarm in my faith and easily forgot Jesus’ Great Commission in the calm rhythm of daily life.
Since entering the workforce, I’ve found it harder to find opportunities to preach. This is probably a common feeling for those who have recently transitioned from student life to the working world. However, I’ve realized that the opportunities are still there – one may just need to look harder.
When I first started at my job, I was asked to join the building’s disaster/emergency evacuation team. It wasn’t something I was excited about since it was on top of all my other day-to-day job duties. The team met consistently for a period of about half a year and through it, I met some people in other departments. Another girl and I clicked, probably since we both dreaded attending those meetings. When our team went on a hiatus, we decided to schedule time every couple weeks to take breaks together and catch up. She was the one who always initiated the scheduling since I usually got wrapped up in work and would forget.
Went to Indiana this weekend to visit a family in our church who runs a Chinese buffet restaurant. This visit was different from past visits because there were a few truthseekers. When we arrived, we were surprised to find that the truthseekers were an elderly American Mennonite couple who had lived in Indiana since the 1960s. How did this American couple come to be sitting in the dining room of a Chinese family that barely spoke any English, waiting to hear a sermon from a Korean pastor?
Thank God that He recently gave me the opportunity to bring a Christian co-worker to bible study. This co-worker, let’s call her Ann, was on my team, so I worked closely with her for a month. The topic of religion had come up several times in our conversations, so I knew that she was a practicing Christian.
After a month of service, the tradition at our work place is that team members will go out for an “off service dinner.” We similarly planned to do an off service dinner and set a date, which happened to be the date of a mid-week bible study I had forgotten about until the day before. I was on the verge of canceling our dinner, but since I had been reading this blog and thinking about evangelism, God reminded me that I should try to bring her to church. I was a little surprised when Ann actually agreed to come. This was a lesson for me that there are probably opportunities for evangelism all around me; I just often don’t see them because I don’t think about evangelism enough.
I walked towards my gate 10 minutes before boarding time. Most of the waiting area was full as I searched for a vacant seat. Eventually I spotted one on a corner and sat down, letting out a sigh of release. In less than 2 hours I would be back in Norcal, getting ready to go to bed.
I glanced over at the middle-aged woman sitting in front of me. She was reading what was unmistakably the Bible. Should I try to preach to her? Do I have the courage to talk to her? I was scared to try, but my mind was telling me that this was an opportunity, and that when it comes to preaching, we need to go beyond our comfort zone. I also had a TJC pocket calendar on me for this very purpose.