Yesterday at the doc clinic, I noticed there are stacks of books on the side tables near the sofa. One book caught my eye: Conversational Evangelism. I discovered that the doctor put her personal collection of Christian books for her patients to read while waiting.
I told hubby I should have given my book to doc last year. He said: Di kuiy thao si le siuh d eh tseh. (You think about your book all the time.) Last year, when I published my book, I gave each of our family doctors a copy. I missed giving to this one. So I sent our driver home to get 2 copies – 1 for the doc and 1 for her secretary.
Yes, I might seem to be thinking about my book a lot. I see it as a means to share the gospel to people I do not know. The Holy Spirit guides me and opens my eyes to opportunity to do this. On my recent trip to Myanmar, I brought 2 copies of my book along planning to give to 2 traveling companions. I gave 1 to the sister of my college friend who was also my roommate. I thought to give the other copy to the other friend after our trip ends. In the middle of our trip, I got this inspiration: Why don’t I give it to our tour guide instead? He was our first guide – who told us the story about praying in the Golden Pagoda and he said ‘Coincidentally’ the pray-er got his prayer answered. When I asked him does he pray, he said he’s a buddhist but he’s not religious so he does not pray a lot.
We had 4 guides in our trip. Of the 4, i thought to give this one because his English seemed to be the best and he was with us the longest. He started and ended the tour with us. So on the last day, as he was checking us in the airport hotel, I approached him to ask: Do you read English books? He smilingly answered:Yes, I read English books when I teach English to my students. I used the dictionary when there are words I don’t understand. (Yes! I excitedly said to myself.) Then I asked: Would u like to read my book? I wrote a book. He courteously said yes. So I gave the book to him. When he turned it over, he saw my pic and said, it’s you.. (or something like that.) I laughed and said, yes, it’s me. He thought I was joking. 🙂
I said you will know me if you read my book. And learn English too. ;P He told me that he teaches English as a volunteer at the monastery where he learned English as a young man. The skill he has enabled him to get a job as a tour guide – which I’m sure is higher than most workers in the country. I believe as a means of paying back, he volunteered to teach English to the younger generation. For 3 months, the 16 year old youth learned English at the monastery after they graduated from their high school. There are 3 levels – 1,2,3. I said you can let your students read my book too. It’s level 4. 😀 He said I will put your book in the library of the monastery.
See… amazing! God provided a way for me to export my book to a buddhist country to be placed in a monastery.
The whole point of my story is not about my book. I shared this story because I want to share the important lesson I learned. The Holy Spirit guides us to see the opportunities in front of us each moment of each day. God grants us grace to be sensitive to these small windows of opportunities to share the good news to the people He brings to us. You might not have a book, but you can share a kind word, a warm tap on the shoulder, a handshake, a smile and even your silent presence to people in grief. It’s more than conversational evangelism. It’s lifestyle evangelism. It’s friendship evangelism.
When i started the trip, I felt a bit guilty going to a buddhist country for leisure while my Christian friends went for mission trips. I realised that God can turn all things to work out for his purpose – to those who love him and are called to his purpose. My love for God is not perfect but his purpose for me is perfect and good. I thank God for the opportunity to share my life with the people he brings to me so that they too will know the good news!