By Maddie Hoaglund, Class of 2015
William Cameron Townsend once said, “The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner.” In his quote, Townsend attempted to convey that sharing the Gospel is most effective in the native tongue and culture. Many people are more likely not only to listen, but also to follow the counsel of a person who shares their culture and influence. Therefore, Christians should share the Gospel most easily in their own neighborhoods and cities.
But sharing the Gospel doesn’t just mean preaching. Christians whom God has not called to travel as missionaries should focus on ways to demonstrate Christ in daily life. 1 John 3:18 states, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth.” In this verse John wishes for Christians to realize that the world hears many promises, but only notices those who keep them. If Christians let the light of Christ shine through their actions, then people will take notice and ask questions. In this way, simple acts of kindness can be a powerful tool for conversion.
Words without actions are meaningless. No matter the religion, culture, or country–people of all nations recognize selflessness and kindness as worthy qualities. It is a king of universal mother tongue. And with the help of the Holy Spirit, the world will take notice of it.