Evangelism without a pulpit

Early in the afternoon, I left the Hong Kong skyscrapers behind and headed into the nearby mountains with a friend I have been witnessing to for the last two years. We hadn’t gotten together for a couple of months so as we hiked through the jungle-like forest and sat beneath a towering waterfall, we caught up with each other. I found out what had been going on in his life and shared what God was doing in mine, leading to another opportunity to share Christ. It may have looked like a holiday, but it was also ministry.

After the hike, I returned home…briefly. Soon, I was off to the Wo Hing Sports Center. My co-worker had reserved a basketball court. Two friends I have been witnessing to had promised to come, and both arrived right on time. Unfortunately, at the last minute, my co-worker’s contacts could not come. We had four guys and a full court basketball court rented. What could we do? I went “into the highways and byways” and compelled men to come in! Soon we had two full teams. We made new contacts and continued the old. Afterwards, my two friends and I headed out to dinner. Once again, it may have looked like a holiday, but it was also ministry.

When most people think of missions, they picture a man standing in the pulpit or teaching a Bible study (which we do, of course). They don’t think of spending an afternoon hiking a beautiful mountain, playing a friendly basketball game, or enjoying a delicious barbecue. However, each of these is an excellent opportunity for evangelism and ministry.

MC, serving in Hong Kong

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