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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。
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.