we give a clear answer from the Bible.
They respect that. We emphasize that
the Bible is our authority and not some
Solution 2: taking advantage of
their curiosity about our heritage
Another way we break through
barriers is by taking advantage of the
people's curiosity about our American
heritage. One highlight of our ministry
was the 4th of July 2009. We invited
Bavarians, Austrians, Africans,
Italians, and even South Americans
to our party. I read the Declaration
of Independence and shared a short
Gospel message, tying it to national
freedom. We had a great time. We try
to take special occasions like the 4th of
July or Thanksgiving as an opportunity
to have people over for a visit. They are
naturally curious about America and
come to see what it's all about.
Being native English speakers,
we are preparing to start free English
lessons in the church since many
Bavarians want to learn. We hope to use
this as another tool to reach people.
Once when Kim and I went out to
eat, the restaurant was full, so we were
seated at a table with two other men.
They were typical Bavarians who were
probably on their third or fourth glass
of beer by the time we sat down! In our
conversation I explained what we were
doing in Bavaria and shared the Gospel
with them. They invited us to come
back and eat with them whenever we
wanted. They explained that they eat at
the same place every Friday night.
We try to take advantage of every
opportunity to get the Gospel out. We
are praying for more ways to get in
contact with people.
Plea for help
We are also praying for more
missionaries to come and help break
through these Gospel barriers. It is hard
to get people who already are nervous
because they think we are a cult to
come to a church with just the pastor
and his family. With one or two more
missionary families, we can do a better
job. Hopefully this article will be used
by God to challenge more Christians to
give their lives to take the Gospel to the
Austrian and Bavarian people.
Though growth is slow and it takes
years to get a church started, God is
working in the Alpine Mountains. We
have started a German-speaking service
that has been well attended. We hope to
see this service grow into a full-fledged
German-speaking church. Instead of
seeing hurdles, we have chosen to see
opportunities. God loves these people
and wants to see them saved. With
that knowledge, it does not matter that
we have to break down barriers. It is
rather an honor to serve the Lord and
to work among such great people as the
Austrians and Bavarians.
How to Pray:
Pray ye...that he will send forth labourers
into his harvest (Matthew 9:38).
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