Introducing master to The Master

[I am posting this from 31,000 feet, over Japan]

I met these two men and struck up a conversation while waiting to board my flight from Taipei to LAX. They are very nice men. I began the conversation by pointing out we have the same hairstyle. Baldness. They both liked that. Then we discovered we are the same age. We discussed that for a while.

The one on the left is the Master–his name is Lim. He has lived in the California for 20 years. The other guy is visiting the U.S. for the first time–his name is Rueangchai. He will be in America for two months. I told him, “Let me be the first American to welcome you to our country.” 

The “Master” spoke good English, the other one, broken, but semi-understandable. As we became more friendly with each other, I used the opportunity to tell them I am a Christian and a pastor.

They liked the idea that I was a pastor. It intrigued them. I told them how I also help gang members. The “Master” told me how we were so much alike in helping people, and that all people are born good. I nodded and smiled.

Then I said, “The living God says just the opposite. God says all people are born bad, with sin, and sin separates us from God. Because of that, we need a Savior. His name is Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” “So while we both may have a desire to be holy, Jesus says that only by believing in him can one be truly holy.”

He told me he “sees Jesus” all the time. I said, “It’s not enough to ‘see him’, you must ‘believe in him’; that he is the only way.”

Of course, as always happens when sharing Christ, an interruption comes. At that point they began boarding our flight. I quickly asked a Taiwanese man sitting by us if he would take the picture. I got an email address from the monks so I could send them the photo.

As we boarded, the Taiwanese man was standing next to me and said he heard my conversation with those Buddhist monks. He told me he was a Christian too.

These Buddhist guys are going to Escondido to a temple and then are driving up to Washington. I invited them to our Hope Now Church if they happen to be driving through Fresno on a Thursday or Sunday. That amazed them–that they would be invited. They are just men in need of salvation. Maybe they will hear the gospel again and believe?

If you are a Christian reading this…use every opportunity to share Christ. Don’t be ashamed of the gospel. And don’t be afraid to talk to people who look different than you. You never know who God will put in your path.

You are just the messenger. God does the saving.IMG_8213

Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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