Far from Home
by: Lee DeYoung
While escaping the persecution in Jerusalem the disciples continued to preach the word as they scattered throughout Judea. When Philip entered Samaria he became the first recorded example of someone engaging in cross-cultural evangelism. Despite the enmity that typically characterized the relationship between Samaritans and Jews, Philip’s witnessing for Christ was remarkably fruitful: “The crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did” (v. 6). “So there was much joy in that city” (v. 8).
Living for Christ far from home in a foreign land can be difficult. For example, H. Jimo serves in India’s military security forces in the Bangladesh border area—far from his home in Nagaland state. He testifies that gospel broadcasts are his connection with home: “Your Mahima Ke Vachan [Hindi for ‘Words of Glory’] radio program has been my true companion through life’s thick and thin. Songs, religious messages and other segments of your broadcast always touch my heart. They give me much-needed peace, joy and encouragement to face the threats and dangers ahead as I continue to serve in this troubled place. Some of my friends join me in listening to your program without fail. It helps me to feel that Jesus Christ is always beside me to help and guide me. Please pray for my family members that they may also experience God’s blessings and security.”