Building Bridges for Evangelism in a Hostile Mission Field 在敌对的宣教工场 建立广传福音的桥梁

By Benson (SIM Trainer Consultant)
叶本森博士(培训顾问-创意研经法)


During the last two years, several nations suddenly shut their doors to evangelism and even imposed imprisonment for any conversion. Nevertheless, the churches must continue with her charge to preach the Gospel. Evangelism is an indispensable part of missions. It is the life-blood of the local church. Without evangelism, the local church will begin to decline and die.

How can the church in such countries evangelize? One way is to carry the cross and pay whatever price for evangelism. A while ago, two of my trainees were imprisoned for their Gospel outreach. It was their country-men who saw them as a threat and reported them to the authorities. I must commend these two church leaders for their courage to preach the Gospel in such a dangerous environment. Another way is to find approaches that can neutralize the hostility.

I met a church leader from a big church and suggested he tapped on the skills, gifts, talents of educated church members of the developed nations. Non-believers are naturally opposed to conversion, but most of them will welcome free and effective education for their children. I have personally witnessed the effectiveness of the Singapore diagramming approach for Mathematics. A teacher came for a Mathematics workshop and decided to test it on his class boy who always failed his Mathematics. The result was amazing. That boy did so well and he topped the class. During my training workshop for some 3rd world leaders, I playfully posed a Primary 3 Mathematics problem sum for them to solve. One of them, a mathematics teacher, took a few minutes to solve the problem. He told the class that this problem sum is taught at the Secondary school level. The leaders were shocked when they realize that it was taught at Primary 3 level in Singapore. There are many church members in Singapore who are competent to teach Singapore Mathematics in the mission fields. Churches in the mission fields can partner with Christians from Singapore to organize Mathematics camp for children during their school holidays. The effective ways of how to use the left and right brain, mind maps, and study smart are strategies we can use to help students perform better in school. These benefits will neutralize the hostility of the parents.

The teachers can let their love do the talking. Gospel truth can be communicated at strategic points in the lessons for the students to pick up. Our IT savvy youths can create a video and post it on Youtube on “How to receive Christ as my Savior?” and refer all the participants to the website. Developed World Churches must capitalize on their gifted members to partner with our brothers in the hostile mission field to develop creative and effective ways for evangelism.

Others can use their culinary skill to conduct cooking or baking classes. These will draw the adults or parents to attend. We have many great cooks and bakers in our churches. They too can use their skill to build bridges for evangelism.

在过去的两年里,有几个国家突然关上了福音的门,甚至对归信者都处以监禁。然而,各教会仍要遵照上帝的嘱咐 - 广传福音。传福音是这项大使命任务中不可缺少的一部分;它是延续本土教会命脉的钥匙。不能传福音,本土教会势将衰落和死亡。

那么,这些国家的教会要如何广传福音呢?其中一种方法是背负十字架,为传福音不惜付出任何代价。不久前,我的两个学生就因宣讲福音而被关进监狱。他们的同胞把他们看作一个威胁,所以向有关当局举报他们。我必须称赞这两位学生在如此危险的环境中,依然勇敢地宣讲福音。此外,还有一种广传福音的方法,就是建立一座消除敌意、发展友谊的桥梁。

我曾经遇见一位来自大型教会的教会领袖,我建议他可以善用发达国家教会的有效技巧和会友的恩赐,互相合作,建立传福音的渠道。其实,不信教的人自然反对宗教方面的对话,但他们当中大多数的人却十分欢迎有人愿意为他们的孩子提供免费和有效的教育。我亲眼见证了新加坡数学图解教育法的有效性。有一位老师参加了这个数学图解教育法的研讨会之后,他决定用这个新方法来教导班上一名数学成绩总是不及格的学生。结果让人惊讶!那名学生终于考得佳绩,并且名列前茅!在我为一些第三世界领袖举办的培训研讨会上,我开玩笑地要求他们解一道小学三年级的数学题。其中一位领袖是数学老师,结果他花了好几分钟才完成这个数学题。他说,这道数学题在他的国家是上了中学才教的呢!当领袖们意识到新加坡在小学三年级就已经教导这样的数学时,他们都感到非常惊讶!

因此,工场的本土教会可以和新加坡的基督徒合作,在学校假期为孩子们开办数学夏令营。在这些夏令营中可以教导如何有效地使用左右脑、思维导图法(Mind Maps)和聪明学习法等,这是一个我们可以帮助学生取得好成绩的有效策略,而这些策略所带来的优良效果将会消除父母对宗教信仰的敌意。

老师们也可以在教导中融入圣经的话语。另外,精通网路科技的年轻人也可以制作一段视频上传到Youtube等视频频道,标题为“如何接受基督成为我的救主?”,然后推荐给所有参加者。另外,教会里一定也有许多各行各业的会友,例如优秀的厨师和烘培师,他们可以利用他们的烹饪恩赐来开办烹饪或烘焙课程,吸引成年人或家长前来参加,藉此建立一座友谊的桥梁。

发达国家的教会必须善用自己有知识才能的会友,与在充满敌意的宣教工场的弟兄姐妹合作,发展出一套有创意和有效的沟通方法,才能重新开启广传福音的大门。

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