Project Challenge #1 – Tsunami

In this incredible video revealing the extraordinary power of the Japan tsunami generated by the massive 8.9 earthquake, the news anchor and analyst comment:

Anchor: “We’ve seen a number of devastating earthquakes over the past few weeks…the terrible earthquake in Christchurch, now this in Tokyo – why are we seeing so much seismic activity now?

Analyst: “Uh, I don’t know that anybody can answer that, um, unfortunately, we don’t know how to forecast when earthquakes are going to happen…”

I believe I can help them out with this unanswerable question rooted in the perspective of natural man:

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.- Matthew 24:7-8

My friends, as I mentioned in this post regarding the Christchurch devastation,

if an unexpected earthquake hit your town and you did not survive, what would that mean for you?

Please don’t think such a tragedy could not happen to you. After all, 10 out of 10 people die, and your time will come whether by natural death or something as devastating as a major earthquake, or a car accident the next time you hit the pavement. Click here to find out where you might spend the rest of eternity. There is nothing more critical than knowing the answer to this question.

To my born again brethren, these earthquakes, as devastating and tragic as they are, give us a tool to swing into a spiritual conversation with others, whether friends, family, or strangers. I challenge you to ask one person this weekend, something along these lines:

Christian: have you seen the footage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan? It’s devastating. And they are reporting that X number of people have died and the number is expected to rise. Where do you think these people are now?

Person Y: [their answers will range from A to Z].

Give them opportunity to explain their spiritual beliefs to you as you listen closely with all sincerity to what they have to say. At the appropriate time, turn the conversation as personal as possible in that they could face the same fate as the Japanese people at any moment, then share the truth  and take them through the Law and the Gospel.

Are you up for it? I did not expect this to be Project Challenge #1, but in light of these natural disasters and the magnitude of this earthquake and its aftermath, I think it’s a great start.

If you are up to the challenge, we’d love to hear about it. Please post your comments below and let’s share each others’ experiences.

p.s. don’t forget to pray for Japan. Millions are being affected by this disaster, and many have died without knowing the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that many more will be awakened to the preciousness of life and realize their only hope is the Hope of our God and Savior.

Here’s the link to the video: Japan hit by tsunami after massive earthquake

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4 Responses to “Project Challenge #1 – Tsunami”
  1. I was able to complete this challenge on Saturday morning at our local gas station. I had been meaning to have a conversation with Langton, the clerk, for months now, so Friday I thought of him when I posted this challenge. I went to the gas station and began talking to Langton, and a few minutes later I picked up a newspaper covering the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Eventually we got to talking about the deaths, and it’s then I asked him where did he think those people are now. With his African accent he said, “I dunno.” After probing him a bit, he said not all of them were in heaven, in fact, most probably were not.

    This was great to get into a discussion about sin and the law. Langton agreed with everything I said and we were able to get to the cross before I had to leave. I spent about 45 minutes with him and it has opened up a great opportunity to return and finish with grace. It just might be my Saturday morning routine to talk about the Gospel with Langton as his customers come in and out. Who knows what other doors will be opened up with the customers to share the Gospel with them.

    Langton now has a tract he said he would read, and then he wanted to give it to one of his customers who had visited the store while I was there. A rather crude and vulgar customer at that. Now he will have a chance to at least read the Gospel through Langton. Isn’t that wonderful?

    So how about you? Have you had a chance to complete Project Challenge #1?

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