As I was on the phone with my Mom the other night chatting, something hit me like a TON of bricks. I was telling my Mom that my doorbell rang 10 times throughout that day and I have had many people with different jobs coming in and out of my home. Here in India, everyone has a different job when it comes to doing all the things it takes to set up a new home in a new country. You have people who deliver the furniture, others that put the furniture together, trash men that come and get the boxes, people to clean up the delivery men’s mess, someone comes to demo all the appliances, curtain men, electrical men, then installation men, etc. Get the point? With all this traffic in my home, I have the biggest opportunity to witness right inside of my house. In the states, I was not the best at seizing these opportunities and I have decided I want to do more to impact those that I come into contact with on a daily basis. I was reminded of these verses with thinking about MY door of opportunity.
1 Peter 3:15 – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech [be] alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
With all that being said, I believe the hardest part for me, since we have only been here for a month, is that I can not share with the Indian people the love of Christ and the Gospel of my Lord and Savior. You see, I am handicapped! By what, you may ask…a language barrier. I can not communicate with them because I can not speak their language! With this comes a motivation more than anything I have ever experienced. I have to learn this language!! I can and will, is my attitude toward the Hindi language. I have heard of wives in foreign countries that do not know any of the language and I can not imagine the daily overwhelming sense of helplessness in not being able to communicate with those you are trying to reach. Lord, please help me to keep focused on the reason you have called my family to New Delhi. I am not here for the adventure, experience, or the thrill of living overseas, but to share your precious Word with those who are lost in darkness stumbling around trying to find the light. In order to do that, I MUST learn their heart language and be able to communicate with them.
With all that said, we will begin tomorrow tackling one of the largest and most important hurdles in our ministry, language school. It is imperative that we learn this language to do what God has called us to do.
So I have shared my door of opportunities, here in India, that the Lord has given me. What ways can you use your door to impact those around you? Sure, you might not have as many people ringing your bell as here, but you can walk through your door to minister to those around you. You can also use your door as a welcoming place to have discipleship, good conversations centered around God’s goodness and as a warm and loving environment for your husband and for your family.
How will you use your door?