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To present Christian literature to passers-by, OM Japan's short-term team put on different costumes; Leung dressed as Santa Claus for the first time in his life.
"The local Christian workers told us the usual response of Japanese was indifference," said Leung. "However, they seemed glad to greet Santa with warm smiles, as if it had been a long while since anyone had shown them any kindness. Some were deeply touched after reading the Gospel message."
Amidst colourful adverts on the streets, brisk rhythmic music and the appealing aroma of good food, the team prayed for Japan. In the temples and residences of their various deities, they saw many people numbly worshipping, with a sense of lost desolation and despair hidden behind the facade of fervent idolatry. Leung felt even more burdened to pray for the people.
Asking a local OMer why the Japanese have persistently resisted the Gospel for hundreds of years, Leung learnt that they have always prided themselves of their virtues. They had yet to experience the greatness of God through Jesus Christ, which is something that only prayer and God Himself could do.
Published: Friday, 04 July 2014
Credit: OM International