We are blowing off church this morning, exhausted from our short trip to SoCal for the memorial service for Kay’s dad. On the drive south, had time to talk about lots of things. She reminded me of the awkward time when I dragged her through the Student Union of Indiana University to do “contact evangelism” — that is, walk up to people cold. My, my. The awkwardness of that experience was one of the first turning points that changed my understanding of evangelism.
The example of Kay’s dad was another turning point. But Mr. Fiske (another missionary from Japan) summarized his example best at the memorial service:
As a young missionary, I went to Ivan because he had more experience, and asked, “What does a missionary do?” He replied, “Live in such a way that they will ask you, ‘Why do you do what you do?’ Then you can give an explanation at the time when they are most likely to actually listen.”