Sometimes it is possible to build up a relationship with people that lasts for many years. When that happens, the missionary hopes to impart the good news of Jesus Christ in a fairly complete way. But sometimes all that is given are fleeting moments of sharing the Gospel and having no idea of the outcome.
The latter is the case right now with the ministry I am involved in. Every two weeks we (two missionaries and a few Thai believers) go to a rehabilitation center for women. These women stay there for three months in preparation for normal life. We tell bible stories, we explain about the problem of the human heart, the Thai believers give their testimony, how God has changed their lives. We sing songs that reflect God’s love for us, that talk about hope found in Christ. After the sessions are over, we hope for opportunities to talk longer and in depth with these women, but they mostly run off to do their chores. Occasionally one or two hang back a little and tell us a bit more about their lives.
We do not know how God will use the words we have spoken, the smiles we have smiled and the songs we have taught them. But he is in control and he assures us in his Word: ‘So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth: it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11). God is sovereign. And knowing that, it is a joy and privilege to share the Gospel. Praise be to him!