Sharing the gospel while caring for needs

The brokenness in people’s lives can shock and numb us. Whilst there are many people whose problems we can help resolve, there are many more whose lives go from one trial to another. The gospel of Christ compels us to love as Christ loved: helping the lady who’s trying to escape her family and the man who’s trying to reconcile with his; attending a tribunal or a hospital bed; teaching English and practising Urdu; and listening patiently as accusations or assumptions are thrown around, or as mental health makes understanding them almost impossible. But we are also seeking to hold out the gospel as words of life and the hope of heaven to lost souls – controversial in our multi-faith society. Leading them toward Christ requires sensitivity and courage. Above all, we need to keep in step with the Holy Spirit, lest over-caution or over-confidence gets in the way.