Unusual Witnessing Experiences

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  1. John of Japan

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    Has anyone had any unusual witnessing experiences lately? Witnessed to anyone unusual?

    On Saturday evening I went out with my co-missionary (pastoring another church in our town) to the Kaimono Koen ("Shopping Park"), an outdoor mall near the bar district. We've had some interesting times there, giving tracts and witnessing to street musicians, drunks, a fortune teller (she never takes a tract), etc.

    I gave a tract to one man who then said, "What's this?" in a very aggressive way, which is unusual for Japanese (must have had a couple of drinks already). When I said, "It tells the life of Christ," he said, "Oh, okay," and walked away.

    Two young men took a tract and then one said in careful English, "Are you a foreigner?" I said, "Yes, I'm from America," whereupon he said, "We are too. We're from Hong Kong!" "Aha," I replied, "Wait a minute." The look on their faces when I pulled out Chinese tracts and gave them to them was wonderful!

    An old gentleman saw the title of the tract, "The Word Became Flesh," and responded in very polite Japanese, "What does this mean?" I explained that Christ came down in human form to be the message of God to us. He said, "I am a Buddhist, but I understand that," and took the tract with him to read after bowing two or three times.

    Missionary D. and I stopped for something to drink in our Mister Donut's, then walked back to our parking place giving out tracts as we went. Lo and behold, there were some young ladies getting their pictures taken with some huge men dressed in yukata (summer kimono) with topknots on their heads. Yep, it was a bunch of pro sumo wrestlers in town for a demo tourney! Amazingly, almost all of them took tracts, except for one huge guy sitting sourly on a bench! We didn't recognize them, so they were probably lower rankers.

    Giving tracts and witnessing to Buddhists, drunks and sumo wrestlers: great! Serving Jesus Christ: priceless!!
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    I enjoyed your post, thank you for sharing. I have a question. If I remember correctly I think I have read where you have mentioned in the past how hard it is in Japan because of the culture, for people to be open to receive the Gospel. But I wonder, because of their culture of politeness, do you find it easier to witness? Do people there stop and listen and take tracts more so than say a large urban city in the US?
     
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    This isn't recent but maybe it can still be used. The three children of a lady who was my friend saw a necklace that had Jesus on the Cross and asked me what it meant. i told them that Jesus died on the Cross so that we would go to heaven instead of hell if He was our Lord and Savior. When i said hell, they thought i was swearing and admonished me for using such language. I finally helped them understand that there is a place called Hell and it is for Satan and his angels. the two oldest kids accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.As my ex friend's son prayed to accept Jesus as hs Savior, I could hear music being played on a harp and at te end I saw Jesus look down at me and smile. I figured that the youngest child who was four wouldn't understand as well as her sister and brother did. She began sayig Jesus is bigger than mommy, Jesus is bigger than the sky, Jesus is biger than the bank. :jesus: :jesus:
     
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    Hi, Steven.

    Well, yes and no. Since the Japanese have a culture of politeness, it is fairly easy to get out tracts. But often when we try to witness they show apathy, resistence ("Japanese are all Buddhists") or even mockery. The previous Saturday I gave tracts to a couple of young men who then smirked and laughed. One of them said, "God, huh!" I replied, "Don't laugh at God. He is the One who can send people to Hell." He still smirked.

    Japanese politeness often extends only to people with who they have a relationship. Confucian societies (China, Japan, Korea, etc.) put a great emphasis on the basic relationships, but feel no obligation to pay attention to strangers. This can be seen, for example, when you get on a train during Tokyo rush hour, which I've done many times. Forget politenesss--you can get clobbered!!
     
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    That's a sweet story, faithgirl. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Was dropping literature into mail slots in Ireland years ago. Now and then someone would happen to the door as I dropped it and they would open the door and we'd talk briefly.

    As we neared downtown I walked way back down an alleyway to a big house that was tucked in among the trees. I dropped the literature in the mail slot in the door and before it could have hit the floor the door swung wide as if jet propelled and there was a short but huge lady as ugly as a human could be (I know, I should talk :). As the door swung wide she said, "WHAT'S THAT?" (The mind was racing to gain a little composure from the startled feeling that had taken over.) I told her what it was to which she said "PICK THAT UP?" even more gruffly than before. Gladly I bent down and picked it up and handed it to her - she took it and quietly said "Thank you!" and explained that she could not bend over anymore.
     
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    I gave some tracts to a person taking money for the Salvation Army just around Thanksgiving. I told her to gie it to somebody as the Lord saw fit or words to that effect.
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    I loved this story! It painted a clear picture in my mind. So often people are more open than we think they are.
     
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    I've stuck tracts in all sorts of places and to all sorts of people: in telephone booths (some of this cell phone generation might not know about that), in public restrooms, to salesmen, JWs, Mormons, store clerks, etc.

    I first got a burden to give out tracts in college when I read that the Communists conquored China with their literature while the church of Jesus Christ missed our opportunity.
     
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    Felt compelled to share a story on this thread because it's been so interesting reading the others' responses. :thumbs:

    We just went tracting on Saturday, going door to door in our HDB flats. (I'm writing from Singapore.) It is not unusual that by the time we reach the bottom of the flats (we start from the top floor and work our way down), we'd see one of our tracts crushed and thrown out the window.

    But I digress.

    One of my most memorable tracting stories happen many years back. We were doing a block in an estate called Ang Mo Kio. A lady answered the door and took the tract I offered her. She took a look at it and said, "I received a tract like this one from your church before when I was living in another estate."

    This was too much to be merely a coincidence, so I replied, "Aunty, (that's how we address older ladies) God is seeking you twice already!"
    :laugh:

    Sadly, she didn't come to church the following sunday.
     
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    What an unusual story, Su Wei. Thank you! :wavey:

    I've never had a case just like that, but I always believe I'm planting seed, of course. Then I like to imagine how that person got saved sometime later! :jesus:
     
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    Out on street evangelism today we were led to a man with tremendous burdens. He was recently divorced, has hepititis, can't work because of his physical condition. However, he found a Bible and began reading it. He reads three pages a night, and has read the NT through several times. His favorite book is Acts, which he reads over and over and has marked extensively. He said several times that he had been looking for a church that taught the Bible as it is, since he had learned that the Mormons add their book and the JWs do such silly things as forbidding blood transfusions. He would literally die if he were not allowed blood transfusions, since he is to go in the hospital and begin a new treatment in 8 days!

    Today the local JW "elder" called and has questions for me. We talked a couple of weeks ago, and then I gave him my Japanese outline commentary on Galations, and my Japanese translation of John 3. In the JW Japanese Bible it has "make your faith work" for "believe" in several places, and I wanted to show him that was wrong. So we'll talk Sunday afternoon at 5:00. Please pray. :praying:
     
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    Well, now, that was interesting! The JW "elder" and his wife were just here, and we talked for almost a half hour at the door. I had objected to them about a translation in their Japanese Bible based on the English New World Translation. The Japanese translators had misunderstood the English "exercise faith" and translated it as shinko wo hatarakaseru, or "make faith work." So this gentleman went to a lot of trouble to "help" me, even writing to the translation department at JW headquarters!

    At any rate, we had a good conversation, and of course they buttered me up real good. I was able to give my salvation testimony, though, and they seemed blessed by it. Time will tell if they are truly seeking God or just seeking to convert a Baptist missionary! :smilewinkgrin: :praying:

    P. S. I didn't invite them in, as per 2 John 9-11. I still am treating them as false teachers at this point.

    P. P. S. They gave me a really nice Japanese JW reference Bible. I never turn down a Bible--no matter how poor a translation it is! :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Praise the Lord, John! Sounds like the JW's there are much more open to discuss the errors of their translation than the ones here in Mexico. Here they just refuse to see it. 'Willingly blind', as folks say.
     
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    I think these folks are lonely way up here on the North island. Plus, they've been losing folk lately from what I hear, so they may be discouraged. We'll see what God will do, amen? :godisgood:
     
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    Saved standing by shopping cart:

    Five years ago while spending a month in Phoenix, Arizona with a messianic Jewish congregation my wife and I had the following experience.
    Hot! Baby it was hot! And after my wife and I located a apartment we decided to go shopping for a few groceries. After choosing several items, during which time my wife was talking with a middle-aged lady who was also shopping, just talking friendly like, we then got in line at the checkout counter. As my wife was checking out, I was standing behind the cart unloading it when I heard the cashier say the sodas are not $.77 to you unless you have our quality customer card. And being visitors from out of town of course we did not have the card. Now the woman that my wife had been talking to in the store overheard this and handed me her card to hand to my wife which I did. After using the card, as I was handing it back the Holy Spirit said to me witness to this lady! And so I said to her, how would you like for me to tell you how to go to heaven? This lady who was Jewish, unbeknownst to me at the time, said, sir will you put that in writing? I don't have to I reply the Lord already has and here's what he says, whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, my question to you is do you want to call. Yes! I do she said, OK I said and led her in a sinners prayer at the finish of which she began to cry and pull on my arm and say, thank you, thank you, thank you my religious training is Jewish. And my wife said to me at this time come on now you're holding up the line. that is the last I ever saw of this lady. But I remember it so well, because it was one the most unusual, dramatic conversions I have ever witnessed.
     
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    Praise the Lord, mima, for that opportunity to witness all unknown to one of God's special people! :jesus:
     
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    The most unusual experience I have had scared me to death!

    As a youth pastor at our last church, our youth met in the youth building across the street from the main church...
    It was on a Sunday evening, and I was half way through my lesson when I looked out the window. It was dark outside, but there staring at me through the window was a face... one that looked like Satan off of the Passion of the Christ movie.... So I quietly excused myself, and let my wife take over the lesson... I went outside, and there I found a teen boy, around 18 or 19... dressed gothic... All black, whitened face, black lips...sandals, black toenails, the whole bit...

    I introduced myself, and he introduced himself, and said he was Wiccan.
    Having some knowledge of Wicca (from my college days... yeah, I had some friends that was wicca, and hung out with them back then) I was intrigued...

    I asked him why he was just looking in the window, instead of coming in, and he told me he didn't want to disrespect our church, or our religion, and he was afraid that he wouldn't be welcomed.. I told him he was welcome, and to come back on Sunday, and I would even sit with him.

    Then we began talking.... church let out, and we were still talking... he had so many questions about Christianity.... 2 hours later we were still talking... I found out that he was listening to my teaching to find out more about Christianity... So I just shared Christ with him, and we had a very deep spiritual discussion..

    Later I found out that our Pastor's wife knew him.. .she was the local librarian, and he would come in there asking her questions.. she kept inviting him to church...

    Thing is, no one ever saw him after that night.
    It is like he disappeared.

    I still wonder, and hope that something I said will lead him to Salvation.
     
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    Thanks, tinytim. That fascinating story exactly fits the thread title, Unusual Witnessing Experiences. May God save his soul. :thumbsup:
     
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    I've been scanning in the pages of a book on friendship I wrote about 30 years ago which was never published. In the book I found the following witnessing experience I had completely forgotten ever happened!


    The war in Viet Nam was over. America had pulled out and the communists had taken over South Viet Nam. At that time many had fled the country with little more than the clothes on their backs, seeking new homes.

    Chi was one of those refugees. He was a helicopter pilot for the south in the war, and was fortunate to escape with his family. The U. S. government settled him in a home and gave him a job welding in the plant where I worked to pay my college bills.

    Working with Chi was fascinating. I learned about a very different culture, and I began to see some of the great turmoil of his nation duplicated in the soul of Chi. I told him about Christ, who has gone to prepared an eternal home for us. Chi knew he was searching for something, but was not sure what: peace of mind, a nice home, prosperity.

    One day I mentioned Heaven to Chi. His sad words were, “I am not good enough to go there.” What joy I had in telling him that all will go there who trust Jesus to get them there. Jesus has given to us an assurance that He is preparing a home for us:

    "1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:1-3).

    Another day, on our break period, I felt constrained by the Holy Spirit to go over to Chi and quote Matthew 11:28-30: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

    Chi received a personal invitation from Jesus to come to Him for rest! Though Chi did not accept Christ then, he became interested in the Gospel. Months later, after we had both left that factory, I saw him again. When I asked if he had become a Christian yet, Chi grinned and said in his Vietnamese accent, “No, but I go to Baptist church and I sit in back and I listen!”

    I have assurance in my soul that I will see Chi in Heaven. That poor, lonely refugee from Viet Nam found an attraction to Jesus, who is such a hospitable Friend.
     

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