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他們如何參與宣教?

蕭壽華牧師

多年前暑期間曾往非洲象牙海岸,出席宣道會國際團契的會議,也順道前往肯雅探訪各宣教工場,其間接觸到很多位不同類型的宣教士,他們的見證刻在我心:

1. 一位從美國前往坦桑尼亞(肯雅鄰國,經濟困難、政治不穩定的社會主義國家)的宣教士,他本在美國牧養一間四、五百人的教會,但教會在禱告中感到神明顯的引導,便差遣他一家前往未得之民中作開荒工作;隨後他們便決定了選擇坦桑尼亞的一個部落。我遇見他們夫婦二人及三個孩子時,他興致勃勃地告訴我坦桑尼亞的情況;也告訴我,他們的教會,將會有一對執事夫婦、一對長老夫婦前來,與他們一起同工。

2. 一位英國的基督徒律師,提早退休,在肯雅的非洲內地教會聯會總部,協助他們處理有關房地產的法律事宜,對教會有很適切的幫助。

3. 一位從歐洲盧森堡前來肯雅的宣教士醫生,他的國家只有三十六萬多人口,百分之九十五是天主教徒,神奇妙地讓他在比利時學醫時認識主,回國後雖然找不到基督教的教會,但卻在一些查經班內得到造就,其後決心奉獻自己,前往非洲札伊爾宣教。我遇到他時他已經在札伊爾工作了十年。

4. 在肯雅參觀了一所非洲內地會差會的飛機廠,驚覺有這麼多無名的宣教支援者在宣教士背後默默地作工。這所飛機廠內不單有飛行員,接送宣教士前往一些沒有其他交通工具可到達的地方(他們也全是機械師,可以在沒有援手的情況下維修飛機);廠內也設有其他服務:差會的小型銀行、保險服務、票務辦公室等。來自世界各地的弟兄姊妹,同心配搭,努力工作,支援前線的宣教士。

5. 一位美國的姊妹,在象牙海岸的宣教士子女學校,任教數學、電腦多年(象牙海岸的宣教士子女學校大部分的老師、學生是屬宣道會),學生們很喜歡她,她也感謝神賜她這個服事主的崗位。

這些人找到了他們參與宣教的崗位,我們也要問主:主啊,我也可以怎樣參與宣教?

(本文改寫自蕭牧師著作《貼近主心懷》,蒙宣道出版社允許轉載。)






Pastor's Sharing
How It All Began (Five Missionaries' Stories)
Rev Gordon Siu

One summer some years ago, I was in Ivory Coast in Africa to attend a conference of the Alliance World Fellowship. On the way I visited the mission fields in Kenya, where I met a few missionaries whose testimonies left a lasting impression in my mind.

1. One of them was a missionary in Tanzania, a poor, politically unstable socialist neighbor of Kenya. The missionary used to shepherd a church of about 500 people in the USA. When the church received clear guidance from God in prayer, it sent its pastor and his family to start missionary work among the unreached peoples. They decided to serve a tribe in Tanzania. When I met the couple and their three children, the missionary told me all about Tanzania in great enthusiasm. He also told me that a couple from among their deacons and another from among their elders in the US church would be coming to Tanzania to serve together with the family.

2. Then, there was a Christian lawyer from the United Kingdom. He retired early to work at the headquarters of Africa mainland’s church union in Kenya, taking care of the legal side of the union's property-related matters. His service was valuable to the church.

3. There was also a missionary doctor from Luxemburg, Europe, who happened to be in Kenya. The population of Luxemburg at that time was about 360,000, of which 95 per cent were Catholic. He miraculously came to Christ while studying in Belgium. Though he was unable to find a Christian church when he returned to Luxemburg, his faith was built up in a Bible studies group. He later decided to offer his life for full-time ministry as a missionary in Zaire. He was in the tenth year of his ministry when I met him.

4. I also visited an airplane factory of the mission outpost of Africa Inland Mission. I was greatly surprised by the large number of unnamed workers who offered support to the missionaries. They included pilots and crew members who transported the missionaries to and from places otherwise inaccessible to the outside world. These people are also mechanics who can do maintenance work for the planes without much facilities. There are other related services at the outpost: a small bank, insurance service, a ticketing office, etc. Brothers and sisters from across the world were united in a collaborative effort to support the mission.

5. For many years, a sister from the USA taught Mathematics and the computer at a school for missionary children in Ivory Coast (most of the teachers and students of that school were from The Christian and Missionary Alliance). The students liked her and she was grateful to God for her serving role.

All these brothers and sisters found their roles in missionary work. Let us also ask the Lord: How can I be a part of Your missionary effort?