Vacation time: See the world, share the gospel

Busselton JettyIt’s that time of the year again when people are planning for the mid-year holidays. You might already be making up your packing list.

As a believer, there’s something else you should consider packing. How about taking along resources so you can share the gospel with those you meet?

Consider the people you might meet on vacation:

    • Fellow travellers in your group tour
    • Other vacationers at a resort
    • Your host at a bed and breakfast or Airbnb house
    • Timeshare vacation neighbours
    • Cruise passengers or crew
    • Fellow passenger on a flight
    • Fellow campers at a camping site

Pray for an opportunity to strike up a friendship and start by showing genuine interest in them. Be curious about their jobs, their families, their hobbies. Ask questions. Build trust as you relate to them. Prayerfully look for opportunities to steer the conversation towards heart matters. Talk about matters of faith, where you draw hope and strength, where you find wisdom in life, or even how you decide the final authority on right and wrong. You can tell your new friends that your source on these matters is the Bible. And if they express interest, offer them a book or other resource to explain the central message of the Bible.

If it’s possible, offer to stay in touch with them, allowing you to follow up, discuss the book and speak into their lives.

“Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us” (1 Thessalonians 2:8 NASB).

As you enjoy your vacation, may you also bless another with the life-giving message of the gospel.

Suggested resources

Consider our resources that speak to various worldviews.

Translations: If you’re going to a foreign country, check our list of translations. Materials in a person’s heart language are far more meaningful than in a second language.

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