How could Doug share the gospel with someone who couldn’t understand him or read any of his literature?
Have you ever wondered how well we are communicating the gospel? Sitting in a café recently, I stared a conversation with the man on the next table. As I didn’t know his language and his English was quite poor we didn’t get far, just a few pleasantries. But I did find out where he was from.
“Do you speak Arabic?” I asked, showing him a gospel presentation in Arabic. He looked at it confused. “Well what about this?” I enquired, showing him a gospel in his country’s language.
He started to try and read it out loud. After a very shaky start, he said, “It’s not the script I know.” How was this man going to find out about Jesus? He didn’t understand me and he couldn’t read the literature I had. Maybe he was illiterate.
So I took out my smart phone and opened the 5fish app. A quick search found his language. “Do you understand this?” I asked. He leant closer as the story of Jesus was told. His eyes lit up and he called out to everyone in the café: “Be quiet! I want to listen!”
There is a hunger for the story of Jesus among unreached people groups in the UK. The challenge is to communicate the story in a way people can understand. This is what Neighbours Worldwide seeks to do.
Find out more about our Neighbours Worldwide ministry
The world is on our doorstep! In Britain and Ireland there is a thriving and growing population of people from areas of the world where the gospel is not easily heard. Although living here, most of these families still have no real knowledge of Christ or contact with the christian church. Neighbours Worldwide aims to serve these dear people in the UK and Ireland. Working alongside existing churches, Neighbours Worldwide teams teach English, lead Bible studies, visit families, give out Christian literature and do all they can to share the love of Christ in a relevant way.
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If you want to build relationships with ethnic groups in your community email us.