Two Worlds…One Lord 两个世界。。。一位神

In the space of one week, we have ministered in two very different countries; first Sri Lanka, then Taiwan. In both places, we have been warmly welcomed and loved by the believers in the local churches. In both nations, we have learned much from the faith of the Christians. One thing travel teaches us is that no two nations are the same. Every nation has its redemptive features and every nation has its weaknesses. And yet, the needs of people everywhere are the same. People fear death, sicknesses, loneliness, and long for love, peace, security and meaningful relationships.

Last week in Sri Lanka, we were in Jaffna, a town that suffered much during the civil war. Streets were narrow and untidy; you could sense a lack of orderliness. Shops were small and filled with local sundries. Vehicles were old. The train that took us to Jaffna from Colombo shook and rattled for most of the seven-hour journey. There were still bullet holes in the walls of the old Dutch fort we visited. But we learned much from our brethren there, about interceding for their land during a divisive sectarian war; how they prayed from above as God sees, not from beneath, as the media sees. We saw how they built early bridges across the racial divides, how their prayers brought an end to the war and birthed a post-war nation. We were awed!

Then, this week we are in Taiwan ministering in a large affluent church. Here transport is fast, efficient and orderly. Internet is everywhere. Streets and restaurants are clean. Skyscrapers and malls fill the skyline. But something has gone wrong here. Recently, it became the first Asian nation to legalise same sex marriage. The church was caught unawares. Now, they are coming together to pray for this to be reversed. Pastors have realised that the church must influence the marketplace to change the nation. Hence, the urgent need to raise workplace pastors and churches. They have also committed themselves to twenty-four hour prayer chains for Taiwan. We were blessed!

在一星期内,我们到了两个不同国家服事;第一个,是斯里兰卡,然后再到台湾。在两个不同的国家,我们都受到了来自当地信徒的热情款待以及满满的爱。我们从这两个国家的信徒对神的信心,领受和学习到许多。旅行让我们领悟到,每个国都家是不一样的。每个国家都有它被救赎的特征,也有各自的弱点。然而,在每个地方的需要都是一样的。人们都害怕死亡、病痛、孤独,深深地盼望着慈爱、和平、安宁和有意义的关系。

 

上个星期在我们停留在斯里兰卡的贾夫纳,一座被内战摧毁的城市。街巷十分凌乱狭窄;您可感觉到非常缺乏条理的。店面窄小,布满了许多当地杂物。汽车非常残旧。从科伦坡到贾夫纳的火车车程几乎摇晃了7个小时。我们所探访的老荷兰墙上,还残留着弹痕!但,我们也主内弟兄身上,从他们为当地四分五裂的派别斗争代祷,从而得着和学习到了许多;如何从神的眼中去祷告,而非媒体眼中所看见的那样。我们看到他们如何在种族纷争中当中建立桥梁, 他们的祷告带来战争的终止、成为了一个战后国家。我们感到非常的惊奇!

 

在这星期,我们到台湾的一所丰裕且盛大的教会事服事。这里四通八达、高效有序、到处都网际网络、大街小巷和餐馆都井井有条。到处都是摩天大楼及购物中心。但是,这个地方出了问题。最近,台湾成为了亚洲首个承认同性婚姻的国家,当地的教会却毫无警觉。现在,他们开始在为此事代祷着转化。牧师们领悟到教会必定要从职场上转化国家。因此,他们急需兴起职场牧师和教会。他们也都诚信地为台湾的24小时祷告链。我们感到非常地蒙福!

 

 Ps Philip Lyn 医生牧师

 

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