Dan and I were blessed to take a Mediterranean cruise. Unlike other cruise lines, this one did not offer a church service. So I prayed and then went to see the cruise director. I offered to conduct an interdenominational service myself. He was not interested.
I then made another suggestion. “I noticed in the bulletin you offer meetings for Friends of Bill (A.A.) and Friends of Dorothy (LGBT). Could I hold a Bible study/prayer meeting for “FRIENDS OF THE JESUS?”
“No, no! That would cause problems.”
“What if we called it “Friends of the WORD?”
He agreed to that! He scheduled it and assigned me a conference room! However, when the bulletin came out, it read, “Friends of the WORLD will meet…” Not a draw! In fact, only Dan came to show support!
The second time I asked the Activities Director to change it to “A Gathering of Believers.” The bulletin again read, “Friends of the World.” So I made a sign for the door: “Meeting of Believers.” One lady stopped by and asked, “What’s a Believer?” I told her a Believer is someone who believes in Jesus. She said she’d signed up for Bingo and off she went.
BUT, there was still fruit! I had Jesus booklets in the languages of the countries we visited and those precipitated fruitful encounters onshore. Moreover, since much of the crew was from the Philippines I brought some in their language of Tagalog. Sometimes I’d simply place it on the table above my plate. A waiter would spy it and say, “Hey! This is my language!”
I’d say, “If you can read it, it’s yours.”
One waiter asked, “What’s it about?”
“It’s about Jesus.”
He said, “I am very close to Jesus.” He paused and said, “And He is very close to me.”
Another crew member said, “I didn’t bring a Bible on board, but I will read this like a Bible.”
On the back of the booklets I had written the following websites: www.godlife.com , www.muslimjourneytohope.com , and for multiple languages: www.whoisjesus-really.com
While waiting for our flight home from Venice, we met a pilot from Alitalia Airlines. He and his wife were waiting to fly standby. I shared an Italian tract with him, and told him it was about Jesus.
He thanked me and said, “I brought nothing with me to read. I’ll read this.”
God is good!
- How have you shared the Good News while traveling?
- He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15
- SONG: STORY OF A DREAM – By Kathleen