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Adventures Around the World - Something Different
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister, Covenant Community Church on Jun 2, 2003, 08:37

And now, as they used to say on Monty Pythonís Flying Circus, for something completely different. Well, itís not really completely different. Weíre still going to be doing some practical, quick looks at issues related to Christian living. Weíre just going to be doing a bit more adventuring than usual in this monthís Adventure Link.

Our guest writer this month is Ian Fallis Ė a missionary with New Tribes Mission and a part of the ministry of Covenant Community Church. He will be taking us around the world for a fresh perspective. 

So letís go Ö

Missionary Chris Walker, who works among the Mibu people of Papua New Guinea, was surprised recently when a Mibu woman said to him, "When you white people first came, we were all afraid of you. But now that you've lived among us, and are speaking our language, none of us are afraid of you anymore."

ďWe were all afraid of youĒ? Itís pretty disconcerting to find out you were scaring people. But whatís really neat is that because Chris and his teammates were willing to spend time with the Mibus and learn their language, they are able to communicate with the people and arenít scaring them now.

Do you realize that YOU can be pretty scary, too?

No, Iím not suggesting that people run screaming when they see you. If they do Ö well, thatís beyond the scope of this study! Iím actually talking about the many people you encounter in your everyday life whose only exposure to Christians and Christianity has been negative. You are scary to them. Unless or until you are willing to take the time to build a relationship with them, you will remain scary to them.

OK, so in the big picture, itís not really all that important what people think of me. But it is important that I do everything I can to remove the barriers that keep people from coming to Him.

This day ask God to break down the barriers around you that might keep others from seeing Him.

The adventure continues....

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