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The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30).

During the first Sunday door to door evangelism at YISHUN, an elderly lady was greatly surprised to hear that Jesus Christ had resurrected. A middle aged man heard the gospel for the first time. Lately, we started to face greater opposition even before we shared the gospel message. “Can’t you see? We are Buddhists!” “Why are you disturbing us, we are Hindus?” “Take your tracts away!” The doors were quickly slammed on our faces at the mention of Jesus, the Saviour. Occasionally, we picked up the discarded tracts that landed at the void deck.

However, there are many tell-tale signs and warnings we learnt and observed in the course of door to door evangelism at HDB flats. A fresh coat of paint hurriedly applied at sections of the stairways, and at the door and gate where the floor was stained with droplets of red paint serves only to indicate that the residents along there will not respond to any knocks on the door. When there are Chinese temples in the neighbourhood, you are likely to receive insistent negative responses from the devotees. The lower floors of a typical HDB flat are usually occupied by Malays. When you find them at the higher floors, the likelihood is that you will encounter more of them residing in the same block. Thus when a Malay community celebrates a wedding at the void deck, there would be amplified music, singing and drumming. The whole block is in a celebratory mood even for their Chinese and Indian neighbours. Your appearance under such conditions only invites an annoyed response.

Why then do these brethren continue to assemble on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month and spend the afternoons speaking enthusiastically to strangers? Are they not stressed out by the ordeal? What is their secret?

I neither pose such questions to them nor need their answers. Where do we get our strength for such an endless task? We are not made of such strenuous stuff as though we never felt dismayed, discouraged or burnt out. The secret is that we have always been encouraged by our good heavenly Father who knows when we need such strength and in such proportion and is never late in topping up our emotional tank! Yes, He knows our every need. Such is the assurance we get from His words. Our faith is strengthened each time we share the gospel. When a person humbles himself, turns from his sins, believes and trusts God for his salvation, we see a miracle unfolding right in front of us. We rejoice in God’s marvelous grace and not in our work of eloquence.

Indeed, we learnt patience aplenty from rejections. We also learnt never to give up. A domestic helper patiently completed her Bible correspondence course over several months and in due time she accepted Christ as her Saviour. This brought much encouragement to her mentor. Children listened innocently and attentively to the message of “Why Did the Dinosaur Die Off?” Their father allowed them to enroll for the Bible correspondence course. Unexpectedly they turned up at the Yishun Life Children’s Club for more Bible lessons. After many months of patient sharing of Bible stories, a small number of children confessed their sins and trusted in Jesus Christ. Their teachers experienced God’s grace in no small measure when these little ones have their names written in the Book of life. When we did a follow up visit by giving an elderly person a Tamil Bible, his family requested us for more frequent visits in particular during the Christmas period.

There is also no doubt that the preaching of the gospel will not get any easier if we observe what has already happened in neighbouring countries. My family and I worshipped in the Grace Reformed Evangelical Church in Hong Kong last month. Their worship service was very similar to ours. One of the elders shared with us that it was almost impossible to conduct door to door evangelism in their housing estates as the entrance to the lifts is guarded by security. Outdoor evangelism could only be conducted occasionally at the parks where elderly people went for exercise and social gatherings. They face great challenges to share the gospel in a rat race society whose lifestyle is very much influenced by acceptable social standing.

Before the door of evangelistic opportunities is shut in our society, let us pray that we will remain faithful in sharing the gospel till Jesus comes!

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

May 21 & 28 - Looking for the Saviour

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20