Our recent study in the adult Sunday school class at Rockville on the challenges of spreading the gospel reminded me of a cultural difference I observed when I first arrived in the United States. I grew up in a congregation where we went out as a group, once every month to preach the gospel from door-to-door. This practice is possible because the culture promotes unscheduled visits to people’s homes, and in most cases the host feels a cultural obligation to receive and possibly entertain the guest even if they are complete strangers. Our hosts usually felt an obligation to receive us, and this made preaching the gospel really easy.
On arriving here however, I noticed the culture isn’t the same, and I thought to myself ‘’how do Christians get the gospel to people around here?’’ As I interacted more with my new environment, I discovered that there is a huge level of technology dependence, which provided avenues for meeting and interacting with people, including complete strangers. I became aware of many new opportunities that I could never have imagined.Read More