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無聲的力量

郭秀華牧師

近年興起一種稱為 KOL(Key Opinion Leader)的「意見領袖」,他們在社交媒體中發表的獨特和出眾言論,無論是關於社會、政治、抑或信仰的範疇,都贏得很高的點擊率,因而引來一批追隨他們的「粉絲」。現代社會很看重包裝和溝通能力,但在信仰層面,真正由內而外的生命見證,其影響力卻是不容忽視的。

今年 6 月底,我帶領醫療短宣隊前往印尼峇里島北部,配合當地宣道會的植堂計劃,在貧困的山區村落中進行醫療服事。在其中一天的服事中,我看見一位身材高大的年輕男仕一直在旁觀察,最後他向我發問:「你們是從哪裡來的?這是甚麼服務計劃?」

「啊!我們是一群基督徒,從香港來的,願意以愛心服事你們!」我回答。

「噢!原來如此,那很好啊!這裡的村落很需要這些服務。下次你們再來,早點通知,我會邀請我所有的親戚朋友來接受服務!」他欣慰地說著。

原來他是當地一位印度教祭司的兒子。

「你可以為我禱告嗎?我常常發脾氣,又會襲擊人……」他向我發出請求。

「當然可以啦!」我便奉主耶穌基督的名為他禱告。

在印度教盛行的峇里島,直接傳福音談何容易?但愛心的服事卻是一道橋樑,可以讓我們接觸到異教徒的生命。在創啟地區(當地政府不容許外來宣教士進入的地區),宣教士往往都是藉著愛心的服事,把福音的道種默默地散播在其中。

有一位在本港一間銀行工作的弟兄,他工作態度認真,常常幫助同事,又平易近人,所以很得同事們的信任,有些同事甚至會找他傾訴私人的問題,向他索取意見。每到這些時候,這弟兄就會把握時機,帶他們到教會來,向他們傳福音。

今天我們都看重用「口」去傳講福音,但「無聲」的生命見證,其實是福音工作很重要的基礎。「你們的光也要這樣照在人前,叫他們看見你們的好行為,把榮耀歸給你們在天上的父。」(太五16,和合本修訂版)讓我們努力用言語去傳福音的同時,別讓自己沒有愛心、不公義和缺乏憐憫的行為,拆毀神的福音工作。






Pastor's Sharing
Silent Power
Rev Sylvia Kwok

In these days of booming social media, there emerges a new group of commentators called "key opinion leaders" (KOLs) who write in their respective social media. These people are identified by their unique, remarkable views on topics ranging from social to political issues, even religion. They win lots of clicks and "fans" who follow them. Packaging and communication power are stressed these days. Not for us. When it comes to faith, the impact of a life testimony - a true reflection of our faith, should not be neglected.

At the end of June this year, I led a short medical mission to the northern part of Bali. We worked in conjunction with the church planting effort of the local Christian and Missionary Alliance to lend medical support to poverty-stricken villages in the mountain area. One day while we were serving, a tall young man who had been watching us asked me, "Where are you from? What project is this?" "We are Christians from Hong Kong. We are here to serve you with love," I replied. "All right, that's good. These villages have a tremendous need for services. Next time you come here, make sure you tell us in advance. I will bring all my friends and relatives," he said. He is the son of the local Hindu priest. Then he asked, "Can you pray for me? I have bad temper, and am combative…." I said I could certainly do that, and prayed for him in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Direct evangelism is no easy task in Bali where the prevalent religion is Hinduism. A service of love is a bridge whereby we can connect with followers of other religions. In creative access countries (i.e. areas where missionaries are not allowed to enter), many missionaries have to quietly sow the seeds of the gospel through serving with love.

There is a brother who works in a bank in Hong Kong. He takes his work seriously, is a great help to his colleagues, and a very friendly person. His colleagues trust him. Some even share their personal struggles with him to seek his views. When they do so, the brother would take the opportunity to take them to church and share the gospel with them.

Today, we greatly emphasize the spreading of the gospel with our words. In fact, 'silent' life testimonies form an integral part of the foundation of the work of the gospel. "Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). As we preach the gospel with our words, let us not allow acts that lack compassion, justice or mercy to hinder the work of the gospel.