Lord, lay some soul upon my heart
And love that soul me through
And may I ever do my part
To win that soul for Thee.
That chorus sent me off at 12 years old, after a church camp, into the world of personal evangelism. Today after more than forty years that fire burns bright in me. It used to be foreign missionaries lighted the way when they arrived in Singapore to share the gospel in churches, mission schools, Sunday Schools, inter-school Christian Fellowships, Youth for Christ, Gideon International, Bible Society, Navigators, Overseas Missionary Fellowship. Today, I am the missionary to the many foreigners who have arrived at my door step in Singapore to work.
So today, I begin interacting with a corp of foreigners who will be in the project team of renovating my recently vacated apartment. I will talk with them on different occasions during the next three weeks, in a smattering of Malay, Chinese dialect or English (no I cannot speak Tamil) giving them my specifications or just exchanging views about life in Singapore (with or without God) or give them a Word in conversation or tract.
Who are these who will come to my doorstep?
A few of a full generic list of probable workmen, given to me for advanced condominium security clearance and to ensure no illegal workers, are Indian painters and hackers, Malaysian tilers, window specialists, and plumbers, Singaporeans involved in glass work and electricals. From Bangladesh and China will be those providing hard surface works, with carpenters from Singapore and Malaysia. Wow, what opportunities and challenges to show the love and kindness of God to them, to speak the Word in season, to be co-operative and patient when things do not turn out as expected and disappointment on certain aspects creep in – they are not perfect people and I am imperfect too. But in Christ… that will make the difference. Will I make a difference in someone’s life in the next three weeks? Lord please help me.
Lead me to some soul today
O teach me Lord just what to say
Friends of mine are lost in sin
And cannot find their way
Few there are who seem to care
And few there are who pray
Melt my heart, and fill my mind
Give me one soul today.
I pray that every Christian who reads this blog will respond to His call to evangelise today. We must look out for opportunities which stare us in the face everyday.. where would you be if that someone had not reached out to you with the gospel?
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? Romans 10:14
13For whether we are beside ourselves, it is unto God; or whether we are of sober mind, it is unto you. 14For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15and he died for all, that they that live should no longer live unto themselves, but unto him who for their sakes died and rose again. 2 Corinthians 12:13-15