During our ministry this summer, we go into the red light district two to three times a week and try to share with women and follow up with people we’ve met from previous nights out.
Sharing can be challenging at times in the bars, because the conversations can be awkward and filled with distractions. Distractions can be loud music, customers, and the traffic on the street.
This past week my teammate and I shared with a woman named Magic. She was interested in talking to us but had many different beliefs regarding Buddhism. We continued to speak with her but she did not agree with us and would interrupt us during the conversation.
While we spoke with Magic we noticed a young woman selling fruit on the side of the road with a t-shirt on that said “I love Jesus”, my teammate and I wanted to speak to her but did not want to end our conversation with Magic.
After we finished the conversation with Magic, we ran to find the girl with the t-shirt on because she had moved down the street. We asked if she was a Christian, and she told us yes! We told her we were Christians too and how encouraged we were to meet a national believer. We asked her if it was hard to be a Christian in this city, and she said it was. We got her number so we can meet up with her to get to know her better and encourage her as she is being a light in a dark city.
We left the red light district that night with big smiles on our faces because we saw a light shining in the darkness. Sometimes it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the darkness we see, and begin to wonder how God is working in this area. We know from scripture that light overcomes darkness, and this confirmed that truth. Even though it was only a five minute conversation, it reminded me our purpose here in being bold by proclaiming His name above all names.
“In Him was life, and the lift was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5
- · God would remove distractions during our time of sharing
- · Interest in English classes
- · Boldness for national believers
- · Opportunities to share the gospel