Missions Moments 2/26/2012
Report on Mission trip to Nassau, 2/17-19/2012.
Purpose of the trip: to find Chinese people in Nassau and proclaim the gospel to them.
Two groups: local overseas Chinese and construction workers from China
On a previous trip, contact was made with the owner/manager of the catering company which supplies daily meals for the construction workers from China. (Mrs.) Carrie Wong. A Christian. Also, there are two Christians on her catering staff – all from China.
Friday, the 17th. After arriving we were able to contact Carrie Wong. She invited us (four of us from our church and three from Susan’s church in Canada) to eat supper with the workers. We did and had conversations with a number of them. Several of them are already Christians. Before we left the dining room, the Christians invited us to return Saturday night to hold a service of singing hymns and preaching.
Saturday, the 18th. We did visitation to local Chinese Businesses during the day. We left Christian literature with them. That evening we returned to the dining hall for dinner and conversation with the construction workers again. Following dinner, when most of the workers had returned to their rooms, we began our service with singing. When the preaching began, there were about 40 workers sitting and paying close attention to the presentation of the gospel. The invitation was given to pray the sinners prayer, asking God to forgive their sins because of Jesus, and for Jesus to come into their hearts and change their lives. At the end of the meeting we announced that we had brought some bibles and other Christian literature for them – first come first served. They were all taken in a minute! We then recorded the names of those who were already Christians. While we were doing that, others came by and asked for their names to be included. “Are you a Christian?” “Yes.” “When did you become a Christian?” “Tonight.” “You asked Jesus to come into your heart?” “Yes.” All told there were ten who indicated they had decided to follow Jesus that night. There were ten who were believers before that night. Now their numbers had doubled!
About that time the Chief of Security (Mr. Wen) for the China Construction Company arrived. He wanted to know what we were doing. We told him. He said this is not allowed. However, it was allowed for the workers to meet in a church off the work site.
We returned to the Guest House where we were staying full of plans on how to bring the workers from the worksite to the C & M A “Chapel on the Hill” for services. We planned one for Sunday night.
Sunday, after seeing the pastor of Chapel on the Hill and getting his permission to use the chapel that night, the four of us from our church returned to Florida. The three from Canada were left to hold the service the next (Sunday) night.
We heard from them on Monday – bad news – the workers were not allowed to leave the worksite for meetings at Chapel on the Hill. The Sunday night service had not happened. They said it was for security reasons.
Carrie Wong had dinner with the three from Canada. After dinner, Carrie took them to see Atlantis, the big resort and casino in Nassau. There they ran into four Filipinos. Carrie knew them. They also were Christians. They worked with the China Construction Company. They said that a Christian chapel had been built on the building site for workers to come and pray and meditate.
What does that mean? That means a closed door to the gospel may not be a closed door at all. We know that God’s Word is in the hands of the believers at the construction site. We know that God does wonderful things – especially when it seems that our plans are blocked. But the gospel is not bound (2 Timothy 2:9). This calls for us to pray.
Pray for (Mrs.) Carrie Wong – the owner/manager of the catering company providing meals for the construction workers: Pray for her protection from false reports, from those who would seek to harm her reputation because she is a believer. Pray for her health in this high pressure environment.
Mr. Wen (the Chief of Security) – pray for his salvation.
Mr. Gu, who seems to be the leader of the believers among the construction workers.
Pray that the gospel will not be hindered.
Pray for many construction workers to believe on Jesus Christ.
Pray for the local overseas Chinese who have heard the gospel – that many will believe on Jesus.