It’s the ninth day our ethnomusicology team has been here in the land they call Japan and already we’ve had many positive experiences and have seen God work in our lives and the lives of others. One of the main aspects of the culture here that has really stuck out to all of us is just how polite, well-mannered and hard-working the Japanese people are. It’s truly something. Even those working at a petrol station bow as they pass you your change (with both hands) and wish you a nice day. I don’t think I’ve ever had a similar experience back in the western world. The Japanese are truly beautiful people. Continue reading
From a worker in Africa
I stopped to greet some important religious leaders who sat in the shade along the street. I had just asked if they would like to buy a scripture calendar when a Muslim religious teacher came up and told me to, “Get out of here NOW.” (Well, good morning to you, too, brother!) Continue reading
By a worker in Asia
My wife has experienced some interesting days at a ceramics course she attends on the weekend. The group of about eight ladies know her well now, and she has had good opportunities to listen to some of their personal trials and worries. At lunch or after the class she has been able to do counseling: explaining there are real, lasting solutions to many of their problems, but that they only can come by knowing Jesus. Continue reading
From a worker in South Asia
The passing of Pari* has reminded me just how short and fragile life is.
To each of us opportunities are given to grasp what can be known of the Great Almighty God and respond to what He shows and asks us.
Do we ever really know what transpires in anyone’s last moments here on earth, or just exactly how God might speak to an individual’s heart and what the response might be? Of course we want to believe that dying souls say “yes” to Christ and escape eternal torment, but this remains unknown to us at this time. Our understanding is incomplete. Continue reading