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Now it’s time to talk about ghosts

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I saw the following article on a Baptist missions site.   David* never imagined he’d use ghosts as a way to share the Gospel. A Christian worker in Cambodia, David was surveying floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, and was in need of a boa…
By Seth Barnes
I saw the following article on a Baptist missions site.
 
David* never imagined he’d use ghosts as a way to share the Gospel.

A
Christian worker in Cambodia, David was surveying floating villages on
Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, and was
in need of a boat and driver. Andrew,* whom David had led to Christ 18
months earlier, agreed to take the job.

It was on one of these
survey trips to the village of Kbal Taol that David met Tim*. The two
began to talk of spiritual things, and David gave Tim a Bible. After
several more visits, Tim invited David and Andrew to dinner in his
home. Before they arrived, Andrew gave David some advice.

“The way you talk about God is good, but it would be better to start differently,” Andrew said.

“How should I start?” David asked.

“You need to talk about ghosts,” he replied.

“Ghosts? Why ghosts?”

“Because
the people here are afraid of ghosts,” Andrew said. “They need to know
that this Creator God is more powerful than ghosts.”

Until 2008, no one in this village had ever heard the story of Jesus. But that changed the night David and Andrew arrived at Tim’s house for dinner.

Tim
had invited a few neighbors to join them, including Andrew’s father,
who lived next door. After dinner, the talk turned to spiritual things.
Tim had begun reading the Bible David gave him and had many questions.

“Tim
and I had been talking for about three hours, and the other men were
falling asleep,” David said. “Then about 9 o’clock Andrew pulled me
aside.”

“Now is the time to talk about ghosts,” Andrew told him.

So
David began a discussion about ghosts by sharing the story of the rich
man and Lazarus from Luke 16. He explained that ghosts are not spirits
of the dead but rather fallen angels and evil spirits sent out from
Satan.
 
“The men woke up,” David laughed. “[Now] they were paying close attention.”

At midnight, however, the visitors left to get some sleep before their early morning fishing trip. But Tim still had questions.

Finally, Tim asked David, “Now, tell me how someone can become a child of God.”

David explained the Gospel, and Tim prayed to receive Christ. It was 3 a.m.
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