By H. Leung
(A mini-series on my journey of starting a bible study group at work)
In the late 90’s, there was a Hollywood movie called Armageddon. As the movie sets up for the climatic ending, the protagonist and his damsel in distress were having a romantic moment by the hillside prior to, literally, the end of the world. One quote that sticks out in my head 20 years later is this:
“Do you think it’s possible that anyone else in the world is doing this very same thing at this very same moment?”
Another few weeks have gone by, and our group never has a shortage on topics. From Prosperity Gospel, to LGBTQ+, to authenticity and authority of the Bible, and to our different journeys. Each time, we walk away feeling a bit more encouraged. And every time, my little notebook has a few more scribbles in it with tidbits or prayer requests.
Moreover, the past few weeks, I’ve suddenly had a chance to share this new journey we’ve undertaken (including this blog post I’m writing right now). One day, I’m chatting up with another parent after school and this topic of workplace ministry comes up. He’s a local firefighter who eats, sleeps, fights with his “brothers” on a daily basis. And in his station, he and 3 other brothers are labeled the “God Squad” for starting up their version of a workplace ministry. He too, encountered challenges, obstacles and struggles every day to be a lighthouse in his community. I asked him and his group to pray for us.
A few days later, I bumped into another old friend of mine. And we engage in a short conversation, only to find out he had a successful run of an open bible study at his company a few years ago. People come and people go, and he’s been trying to find a time and location to resurrect this ministry. I asked him to pray for us.
Back to the Armageddon movie quote… the answer to the question is a resounding “YES!” Ministry isn’t meant to be taken upon alone, any ministry. Go out… share what God is doing… and it’ll be amazing how many people out there are doing this very same thing, this very same moment. Then you invite them… “Walk with Me”
Lesson #3: Bring people along for the journey, physically and spiritually.