What a privilege it was to visit Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam and Cambodia. Both are Buddhist majority countries. Vietnam is also a communist country and is listed among the top countries in the world that persecute Christians.
I was uncomfortable traveling there since I felt compelled to use our trip for the Lord. In fact, I was even a bit fearful, especially when our guide told us about the secret police. He said they are everywhere and they may be someone you least expect. I thought to myself “Might it be him?” Their job is to report anyone who is promoting anti-government propaganda. I’m certain this included Christian literature.
But in Acts 5 the apostles were arrested and flogged and told never again to speak in the name of Jesus Christ. Two verses later it says, “Day after day they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news of Jesus.” They did it anyway!
Why did they disobey the law? It was because they knew the people needed to hear about Jesus! And I knew those precious Buddhist people needed to hear God’s truth as well! So every day I was carefully handing out Christian tracts in Vietnamese or Cambodian.
I would hand a tract to someone on the street, in the marketplace or a museum, someone who made eye contact and I sensed warmth and interest. It was also the Holy Spirit’s leading. I’d simply say, “I have something for you from America, it’s about Jesus.” Ninety-nine percent of the people received it with gladness.
- He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15
- They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Acts 5:40b
- The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:41-42
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