Conversations on a Plane

May 25 2018

Sitting next to me on the plane from Hong Kong to San Francisco was a Frenchman named Christian. When he learned that Esther and I spoke French, he opened up to us in an amazing way. I began to speak to him of Christ, and he was extremely interested. I ended up opening the Scriptures and going through the Gospel with him in French. He had honest questions, and by God's grace, I was able to communicate well with him for close to two hours. In God’s big-picture economy, maybe a reason Esther and I learned French in 1981-82 was so that I could interact with Christian about Jesus in 2018. I now have his contact information to continue a "seeker" conversation. I hope to send him a Bible in French so he can begin reading through the book of John. And I’ve connected him with a strong evangelical church in his hometown in California. By God's transforming power, may Christian live up to the name he bears!

Bob Fetherlin, President, One Mission Society

If you would like someone to talk with about the truths of Scripture, email us at info@onemissionsociety.org.

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​5 Perfectly Awkward Moments to Share the Gospel

January 23 2018

1. In that unnervingly quiet elevator

An elevator ride is the perfect opportunity to share your testimony. Why? Here are a few reasons …

  • There is usually no one talking, so you have an open floor.
  • You may have several people to hear your message.
  • People can’t walk away from you.
  • Elevator music can make a dramatic story even more so.
  • You are sharing with strangers, so if you stammer, it’s no big deal.

The only thing that stands between you and elevator evangelism success is the small amount of time you have to share your message. Have you ever heard of an elevator speech? It is a speech that can be presented during the length of an elevator ride. It usually last about 30 seconds. What if you had a 30-second testimony prepared and ready to share that allows someone to hear the Gospel … maybe for the first time?

It goes like this (fill in your own blanks):

"There was a time in my life when I was ____. I surrendered to Jesus and decided to follow him. Now I am ____. Do you (would you like to) have a story like that?"


2.While waiting in the never-ending bathroom line

When you see a long line for the bathroom, I am sure your first thought isn’t “Yes! Perfect! Now I can share the Gospel with all these people,” but it should be! Every moment we encounter people is an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus with them! If the line is long enough, you’ll have enough time go through the whole plan of salvation.


3.When you see your Facebook “friends” IRL (in real life)

You’re sitting at Starbucks, sippin' on your favorite mocha when you see someone waving hello to you from across the room and then walking toward you. Your mind races, trying to place that slightly familiar face. Then it hits you, one of your FB "friends" has come to life and is now approaching you, expecting real conversation. Are they a friend from high school? A former coworker? Wait, maybe you went to band camp with them in junior high school...

You might consider averting your eyes and making a bee-line for the door, but instead, why not just say "hi,” and ask how they are doing. When they ask, “How you have been?” or “How is life?” you can jump right into your 15-30-second testimony! They will be astonished at how Jesus has changed you so much over the years and may want to know more about him.


4.In the midst of unwelcome flirtation

Sometimes, you're just minding your own business when a well-meaning guy or girl comes up and tries to start a conversation. Maybe at times you don't mind, but there are other times when you don’t know how to politely say "no thanks." Since you already have a captive audience, why not use that opportunity to share?

Your response can be similar to Peter’s response to the lame man at the gates of the temple, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you.” Let them know that the light of God in your heart is what they really want, and you'd be happy to share that with them.


5.During the uncomfortable silence of your Uber ride

Most of us have been there. You leave your friends after a nice dinner and hop in the backseat of a large sedan the Uber app sends your way. Who knows who came up with the idea of ridesharing, but it is brilliant and awkward all at the same time. Ask any Uber driver and they will say they have heard everything. They have picked up sweet little old ladies going to the doctor and young party goers who could barely walk … and everyone in between. Your 10-minute ride back home is an opportunity to minister to that driver and share the Gospel.

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Hospitable Love for Defectors

November 27 2017

Since the mid-1990s, more than 1 million North Koreans have died of starvation from famine and economic collapse in North Korea. Because of this, many desperately attempt to cross the border into South Korea every year. In fact, each year, more than 1,000 people enter South Korea. As of March 2017, 8,848 men and 21,642 women (more than 70%) defectors live in South Korea. Many of these women were trafficked in China, where they had children that they brought with them to South Korea.

Although the number of North Korean defectors is only about .1 percent of the North Korean population, each life is valued. We believe that interacting with those from the north gives South Koreans a foretaste of what an integrated society after unification will be like. We also see that when those who defect adjust successfully to South Korean culture, they become indirect missionaries to family and friends in the north.

North Korean defectors now enjoy better economic stability and are enthusiastic about education opportunities for their children to live a better life. But unfortunately, the drop-out rate for North Korean defectors is 1.4 percent in elementary school, 8.8 percent in middle school, and 14.4 percent in high school, over 10 times that of South Korean students! For most children and teens from North Korea, the hardest part of the school is adjusting to using English.

Many North Korean defectors experience discrimination and inhospitality, so they are tempted into crimes such as sex trafficking, and some even return to North Korea. The reason the over 30,000 North Korean defectors are not adjusting well to South Korean society and have degenerated into failures, lawbreakers, and vulnerability is that they have not been embraced with love and acceptance.

For this reason, Sarangnaru, a ministry partner of One Mission Society, run a group home and after-school classes, which show compassion and can be effective tools to maintain continuing relationships with North Korean defectors for missions. The ultimate goal of this ministry is to share Christ and build disciples for Christ.

Resources are needed to prepare for the coming unification and the evangelization of North Koreans.

To give, click here.

By Rev. Yoonhoe Koo, Sarangnaru director

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